RAYMOND CRANE ON THEMES and GENRE WRITING

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A view concerning themes and genre writing. What is best for you?

Submitted: August 24, 2018

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Submitted: August 24, 2018

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RAYMOND CRANE ON THEMES AND GENRE WRITING

 

To my mind the theme of any work of fiction is closely tied to the culture and the time in which the story is set. Most of my early novellas were based on a familiar cultural setting with characters who were known to me, people I may have known in my past life. Sure you play around with them and experiment but basically for a beginner there is no greater incentive than to write about their own subjective world.

For my two volume novel – Palma de Mallorca Mystique I imagined characters foreign to their setting and this set up a playing out of a more or less natural tension. Anyone who has lived in a foreign country for some time knows the feeling of floating alongside the local culture; none of my characters are chauvinistic about their own countries of origin, but one still has the feeling even after twenty years of living in a foreign country that one may easily get lost in a strange city, or saying just one wrong word, a word embarrassingly out of the locals usual expressions. What I am saying is that I feel it a challenge when cultures meet and the firm ground of ‘home’ is risky.

This is why I am choosing to write about such foreigners in the nation of Spain in my latest work -  Goblins of Zendo.  It has just the right amount of fantasy and exoticness to give it an interest for a niche market, I knowing only too well how exotic themes rather than exotic genres can pull in the readers’ attentions.  My novella as I picture it would be sub-titled – A very ordinary Love Affair, just to firmly ground myself in the style that most suits me, and a style that I hope will become very popular for my reading audience.

I crave comment; just to have someone affirm or disaffirm my views, or even to fling in my face a whole new perspective, for me.  -  Thanx -  Raymond Crane.



































 


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