Genre Week

This week, my readers' advisory training wants me to think and write about the genre resource I selected way back in week one.

I originally wrote my thoughts on the Street Fiction website here; to be honest, not much has changed since then. Having become more familiar with EarlyWord in the intervening time has led me to become a little frustrated with the layout and organization with the SF website. In general, when I use a website I want to be able to see quickly what's the most recent information, or at least to be able to see at a glance just how old the information I'm looking at is. As someone who has created websites in the past, I recognize that I can be perhaps extra-picky about these things. But I don't get the impression that the website is updated very often.

Three subgenres of urban fiction that I'd like to explore further are:

  • Christian urban fiction
  • According to the website urbanbooks.net, three authors currently writing in this subgenre are Nikita Lynette Nichols, Leslie J. Sherrod, and Kendra Norman-Bellamy. The Subgenre Prezi states that the hallmarks of this subgenre are characters who depend upon their faith to navigate tough issues, and works in this subgenre share appeal factors such as "moving", "high-drama", and "character-driven".

  • literary urban fiction
  • When I searched for this subgenre on Novelist, it recommended to me titles such as "Push" by Sapphire, "Manchild in the Promised Land" by Claude Brown, and "Sheisty", by T. N. Baker. The hallmarks of the genre, according to Prezi, are tension, tragedy, and betrayal as story elements, with the work overall providing "astute cultural commentary".

  • borough warfare
  • Searching this subgenre on Novelist returned such titles as "Allure of the Game" by Danielle Santiago, "The Coldest Winter Ever" by Sister Souljah, and "Mafia Princess" by Joy King. According to the Prezi, stories in this subgenre feature gangs, drugs, and money, turf wars and the struggle to survive. This subgenre's appeal factors include quick-paced storylines, betrayals, violence, and melodrama.

Two mashups in the genre:

Day of Atonement (2014, Yolonda Tonette Sanders) fits under both "Christian urban fiction" and "police procedural mystery".
Table for Three (2009, Recha G. Peay) fits under both "Christian urban fiction" and "chick lit".