A book has flying cars, a space resort and takes place in the future. Is it science fiction?
What if the plot has a mystery and maybe enough romance to make it the main plot line?
Maybe you could call such a book science fiction, a mystery and a romance all the same time.
What would you call it? How would describe the book to someone?
As a reader, I suppose it depends on two things.
1) Which, if any genre, dominates.
2) How strictly you define science fiction, mystery and romance.
Me? I don’t have strict definitions. As long as it meets the genre’s tropes, I’ll call it by all three genres. That doesn’t help with actually picking one.
For marketing purposes, I suppose you need only ask one question: which genre has the largest readership?
I am talking about the In Death series by JD Robb. They are marketed as romantic suspense. I’ve found them in the romance and general fiction isles.
On my nook, I have decided to go with the marketers and shelve it under romance. I am just wondering if I could also shelve them under science fiction. I can’t decide.
- Falling in Love With the Subgenres of Romance (kisawhipkey.com)
- Where’s my flying car? (michaelsodomaco.wordpress.com)
- The Moment When Science Fiction Split off From Competence Porn (io9.com)