Episode 102: Genre Bending
This week, Josh and Dietrich look at the idea of genre blending: shifting from one genre of writing to another, either from book to book or within a single novel. They look at authors who do it well, such as John Connolly mixing crime and horror, and those who stumble in the attempt, debating just what makes bending genres so difficult. In addition, Dietrich continues to work his way through the daunting first novel in Brandon Sanderson's epic fantasy series, and Josh looks at a book that he admired while not particularly enjoying. They wrap up with a discussion of the powerful and controversial new film, "Zero Dark Thirty." You can send questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What We've Been Reading
0:00 to 22:50
Tomahawk by David Poyer
The Epiphanist by William Rosecrans
The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
A Face In The Crowd by Stephen King and Stewart O'Nan
Guns by Stephen King
22:50 to 56:47
There are many authors who have carved themselves a very specific niche, but very few who are capable of reaching out to other genres and still doing well. Josh and Dietrich discuss the bending and blending of genres here, looking at authors who do it well, those who do it poorly, and why it's such a challenging thing to do.
Off The Bookshelf
56:47 to 1:15:08
Zero Dark Thirty