"I have found genre distinctions in fiction publishing to be sometimes confusing.
To aid others in their curiosity, and planning their reading lists, I present the following handy guide."
-- Jay Lake
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|General fiction||Nothing to explain|
|Literary fiction||If I have to explain, you wouldn't understand it anyway|
|Mystery||Explain what happened|
|Thriller/Technothriller||Explain how it happened|
|Romance||Explain who it happened to|
|Western||Explain what lily-livered varmint gone and done it|
|Horror||Explain what's about to happen|
|Science Fiction||Explain everything in technical detail|
|Fantasy||Explain everything in nonsensical detail|
|Magical Realism||Explain nothing|
|Surrealism||Go fishing for ice cream|
With a nod to Kelly M...