The A to Z Challenge asks bloggers to post 26 articles on a themed topic. It’s supposed to be every day except Sundays during the month of April but I find that too busy and decided to post mine ‘about’ once a month. Yes, it’ll take me a couple of years. Sigh.
My topic, like the last three times, will be writing genres.
a story where the region it takes place in is as much part of the plot as anything else
- Characters are marked by their adherence to the old ways, by dialect, and by particular personality traits central to the region.
- Setting is central to the story.
- Include local traditions in detail and authentically, as a way to explain or preserve.
- Usually focuses after the American Civil War.
- Think historical fiction but with lots of atmosphere.
- Focus more on realism than a romantic vision of the world.
- Embrace ordinary life rather than escape from it.
- Practice narrative distance rendered through a narrator who differs in class or place of origin from the region’s residents.
- All of Sandra Cox’s westerns, the Indie Queen of Westerns
- Any of the Amanda Travels series by Darlene Foster
- April in Galway by Martha Reynolds
- A Ghost and His Gold by Robbie Cheadle
- Ordinary Handsome by Steven Baird
- Plunge: One Woman’s Pursuit of a Life Less Ordinary by Liesbet Collaert
- Most of Mark Twain’s writings
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
- Most stories by Jack London
- Westerns–pretty much any of them
BTW: If the book you’ve written fits into any of the S-Z genres, let me know in the comments and I’ll include you, the book title, and where to purchase it.
More R Genres:
Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Man vs. Nature saga, and the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice, a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Laws of Nature, Summer 2021.