As a writer, finding a way to “stand out” from the crowd of other amazing authors with brilliant story ideas can be challenging (to put it mildly.) Depending on your genre, there are beloved tropes of that genre that readers want, regardless of whether it’s new and exciting or not.
So does conforming to these tropes make you a sell-out? Well, not according to Neal Gardner. He says, “One does not necessarily have to cluck in disapproval to admit that entertainment is all the things its detractors say it is: fun, effortless, sensational, mindless, formulaic, predictable and subversive. In fact, one might argue that those are the very reasons so many people love it.”
The issue is, of course, at what point do we stay in conformity with a genre, and at what point do we dally within the constraints that keep a genre…well…a genre. As a fantasy writer, examples of tropes would be magic, new worlds, swords, good vs. evil, coming of age, etc. Just to name a few.
What are your thoughts? Do you have trouble with this, too, or is it just me? Continue reading “Conformity”