Genre-merging? Yes, that’s what I call it. When you use several genres of writing and throw them together.
For instance the Emma Nelson mysteries, of which you see the cover of volume 2 on the left.
The Emma Nelson series is a mix of detective, mystery, fantasy, and naturism. I guess that detective and mystery kind of blend into one genre, because one has little life expectancy without the other, but leave it to naturist fiction authors to come up with something that defies many laws of writing gravity.
What is important about genre?
Well, the start is, of course, that this gives the reader an idea what to expect.
Science Fiction usually has to do with science, be it real or invented, and oftentimes it is also linked to the future, space flight and other items related to, exactly, the genre.
Take, for instance, the Murphys in Space book (and soon books, mark my words!). Human people meet aliens and take to space in a space craft. That’s quite a romance story, right? Oh, wait. Science fiction story. Sorry, I was mixing up genres.
This is where we see speculative and historical fiction, playing out in an exploration of the South American jungle. And, inevitably (luckily) also naturism, in a way that makes nudity almost logical.
I think that naturist fiction as a solo genre doesn’t even exist. There has to be something added to it, to make the story ‘alive’. Imagine a story where you read about nude people going about their day, going to work, having a walk, and nothing else happens. I, for one, would quickly get bored by such a story, mostly because that is what I do myself. I don’t need to read about that.
Naturist fiction depends on other genres to become alive. As do many other genres beg, steal or borrow from other genres to add something to the story.
How much fun would a science fiction story be that’s only about technology, or a space flight, or a robot factory where one robot leaves the conveyor belt every 92 seconds?
A romance that is only about the love between two people, without any tension arising?
A fantasy story that is so far out that you completely lose track about that the hell is actually going on?
And no one is interested in reading a boring story. For that, instruction manuals have been invented.
Add to that, that there (hopefully) is no author interested in writing a boring story, and the world of reading is saved.
All because of the mixing up of genres.
It is good that this mixing happens to create something new. Like, as I started with, in the Emma Nelson mysteries, where detectives, mystery, fantasy, paranormal and naturism are all mashed together.