Second to last week of the a-z challange. This weeks theme is Genre. Since I write, and read I thought I might aswell go back to basics. I will highlight common literature Genres.
R would have been for Romance, till I realised that it’s not my thing. Romance in a story is great, I prefer romance in the story as part of the picture rather it being the picture.
That makes R for Realistic Fiction
Definition of Fiction
The form of any work that deals, in part or in whole, with information or events that are not real, but rather, imaginary and theoretical—that is, invented by the author. [Web defintion]
With the word realistic put in front, the definition, in basic words becomes: a piece of fiction that could be true. The trick to this genre is putting a character in a situation, and watching the character change and grow.
- A Child + War
- A widow + A year of friends marriages
- A promiscuous woman + Victorian Streets
I’m sure there are books which have matched the above persona’s with those situations (my cliche example), it is the growth that makes the story. I’ve collected a few quotes which sum up the journey of creating a realistic fiction.
“When well told, a story captured the subtle movement of change. If a novel was a map of a country, a story was the bright silver pin that marked the crossroads.”
― Ann Patchett
“You take people, you put them on a journey, you give them peril, you find out who they really are.”
― Joss Whedon
“The trouble with writing fiction is that it has to make sense, whereas real life doesn’t.”
― Iain M. Banks
“Action is the pulse of any good story, but the character is the heart. If the action has no consequence to the character, the story loses heart.”
― Linda Yezak