While I accept the marketing and retail need for categories and subcategories, sometimes I find it frustrating to describe one of my stories as simply a “fantasy” or “sword and sorcery” or “Mythos horror” or “kind-of but not-really steampunk.” Most if not all of my novels, and quite a few of my short stories, don’t fit neatly into one category. I want an enormous German term for fantasy-romance-horror-comedy-mystery.
This weeks questions are: Do you prefer stories that combine many genres? Are there some genres that mix especially well? Others that don’t mix at all? How do you figure out whether, say, a fantasy novel also has the other elements you enjoy?