Category: Bestseller Genres

Why Brexit and Trump Mean Big Romance is Due a Comeback

Why Brexit and Trump Mean Romance is Due a Comeback

The popularity of certain types of fiction waxes and wanes with economic cycles. This is because readers are human, and want to escape their reality. But if romantic fiction is the ultimate escapism, why isn’t it more popular at the moment? As usual, I have a theory about this, and I’m not afraid to use it…

Why You Should Never Live With A Character From A Historical TV Drama – Part II

I’ve been bingeing on historical fiction and drama lately, and you know that can only mean one thing: more clichés to skewer. So what are our favourite historical TV drama characters doing these days? Well, it’s all about the plot in ye olde modern times, so take a deep breath, and get ready for some serious telling…

Let’s NOT Call It Up-Lit: Your Fiction Prescription in a World Gone Bonkers

Let's NOT Call It Up-Lit: Your Fiction Prescription For A World Gone Bonkers

If you want to determine the state of humanity, just look at popular fiction, because we’re reading the opposite of what we’re living. Right now the people demand uplifting tales of generosity, kindness, and collaborative triumph over adversity. With that in mind, I’m predicting what we’ll be reading next, linked to whichever fresh disaster befalls the world this week. You’re welcome.

Why You Should Never Live With A Husband From A Women’s Fiction Novel

Why You Should Never Live With A Husband From A Women’s Fiction Novel

Ever feel like nobody’s listening to you? Ever feel like nobody understands how you FEEL? Well, maybe you need to get yourself a Women’s Fiction Husband (TM). They’ll understand you right off the page. Every home should have one!

…Or should it? What would this mean in terms of arguments? Spontaneity? Your couch? Your KITCHEN?

Is Amazon Changing How We Write Books, As Well As How We Buy Them?

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Amazon’s algorithms don’t like the concept of General Fiction. If books are being sold more on the basis of genre than content, is content changing to suit genre fads? I think so. And if you’ve ever read a book which promised something it didn’t deliver, or seemed like two different plots or styles clumsily slapped together, you might think so, too.

Why You Should Never Live With A Historical Fiction Hero

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Historical fiction can be a refuge for people exhausted by modern problems or fearful for the future. A panacea for all today’s ills. Nobody is more reassuring than the hero of a historical fiction novel – the man who has the answers to everything whilst somehow also understanding the consequences of his actions.

But what would it be like to live with a historical fiction hero? Would it make life simpler? Or might dead pigeons and his fear of toasters make it a generation gap too far?