Saturday, September 4, 2010

A Reader's Guide to Author's Jargon 20

Novels by specie and genus

A sword and sandal

Traditionally a gladiatorial novel, but now any work that reflects the arena, featured in many SciFi books.

A horse opera

Traditionally, an American Old West setting, but now has been adopted by fantasy works as well.

Slice of Life

At one time a popular term for a gritty, realistic work that connects to the readers real life. Is less used now since this type can fall in many genres.


a particular type of fantasy where the fantasy world and the real world is express by a slight degree from each other so as to produce an illusive familiarity. Tolkien called his brand of fantasy faerie.

Edward C. Patterson

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