The Genre Wars

Apparently there is a battle raging as to whether or not YA novels, sci-fi, and fantasy should be considered works of literature. To a certain degree we fall into the “at least they’re reading” Neil Gaiman category. Some critics classify YA works such as “The Hunger Games” as romance. New Yorker editor Joshua Rothman is one of those critics.

Rothman tries to offer a truce between the warring camps with the help of literary critic Northrop Frye, whose Anatomy of Criticism uses only four genres to describe works of literature: novel, romance, anatomy, and confession. This distinction allows Rothman to bring books like The Hunger Games into the literary fold as “romances” rather than “novels.”

However, Flavorwire writer Jonathon Sturgeon begs to differ.

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