Enjoying the Cross-Genre Dance

by Nicole Marie Schreiber
Published on: September 16, 2013
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Recently, my husband and I were blessed with a night out by ourselves (a rarity with having two kids). We decided to strap on our hipster personas, head into downtown Portland, eat at the food carts, and attend an “Electro-Swing” concert at a local club.

Yes, I said, “Electro-Swing.”

“What is that?” you might ask.  We first discovered this type of “cross-genre” brand of music only a couple of months back in early summer at a Steampunk Convention that my magician husband was performing at.

We loved it!  After having taken many East Coast Swing lessons pre-kids and going dancing at places like The Derby in Los Angeles in our vintage attire and at  “Big Bad Voodoo Daddy” and “Cherry Poppin Daddies” concerts (yes, this dates me, I know), these new bands were bringing swing back in a fresh way once again.  Not into the mainstream, but I’m more into alternative styles anyway.  We have recently added their music to our collection.

Enjoying “electro-swing” has gotten me to thinking about how cool of a time we live in—a time where we artists can melt what has gone before us into new and fresh ideas.  I am loving reading cross-genre books lately.  I’m not so sure that they’re a “trend” either, but more like a way of the future.   According to NovelConclusions.com, cross-genre fiction is, “fiction that mixes two different genres, or types, of writing, such as historical fiction and fantasy, or romance and supernatural fiction, or aliens and cowboys — well, you get the idea.” Publisher’s Weekly did an article back a year ago in 2012 about “Crossing the Streams.”  Crossing genres seems like it is becoming the norm more and more.

Most of my taste is drawn to a lot of YA historical romance mixed with either mystery/ espionage/adventure or a bit of paranormal/fantasy or even a bit of everything!  YA titles I’ve enjoyed lately include Witchstruck by Victoria Lamb (historical/paranormal/romance), Born of Illusion by Teri Brown (historical/paranormal/romance), Wildwing by Emily Whitman (historical/fantasy or sci-fi/ romance), Venom by Fiona Paul (historical/mystery/romance) and Maid of Secrets by Jennifer McGowan (historical/mystery-espionage).  And I must include our very own Scriva Ruth in this category with the Oregon Book Award winning Blue Thread! (historical/fantasy or sci-fi).

Two adult titles I have to mention that I’ve loved in the cross-genre category are the Time-Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger (Romance, Sci-Fi, Chick Lit, Literary) and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (Romance, Fantasy, Historical, Paranormal, Mystery).

Why are cross-genres being published more and more?  For me, the stories are fresh, interesting, and multi-layered, making for a deep reading experience.

I’d love to hear other people’s thoughts about the future of this type of story as well as other titles people have enjoyed that could be considered cross-genre.

Happy Writing and Reading!


-Nicole Marie Schreiber



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