Crossing The Genre Line

At the moment I’m writing a book that explores two genres, crime, and horror. My protagonist is half-human, half-vampire. He  works as a forensic pathologist with the Metropolitan police.

But this isn’t about the book, it’s about bias. I’ve noticed some interesting feedback from people who have read the first few chapters of the story (I won’t call it a book yet because it’s not finished). Here’s one such comment:

 

‘Hmmm what an unusual mix of genre. It’s well written but I’m just not sure who it will appeal to. It’s vampires etc and isn’t that predominately aimed at YA? But then there’s all the cop talk etc that I really enjoyed by the way, but wouldn’t that be more your crime/thriller reader? Now maybe I’m underestimating YA readers and they are sick of the usual vampire story and want something with a little more bite (pardon the pun). If that’s the case then you’ve certainly delivered.’

 

That’s a fair comment. But I’m a little bit fed-up with being pigeon-holed. I like reading and writing crime fiction. I’ve also come to like reading original horror – vampire stories with a bit more oomph to them. Can’t abide the ‘Twilight’ stuff. There are novels out there that attempt to give us adult vampire literature. Some of it is well-written, has great plot-lines and the characters within the pages are strong and engaging.

I had this idea to write a crime novel led by a vampire – a good vampire, one that sees the world differently to all other vampires. And already I’m stalled before I even start. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with trying to push the boundaries of Genre? If agents or publishers won’t touch your book because it crosses the Genre line, then self-publishing is the way to go. But will people read it? Will your stalwart reader of crime fiction actually cross that line?

It’s a hard question and one that’s going to be interesting to find out.

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