Weird Book Genres
From Spoetry to Cli-Fi, here are the new genres you need to know
Looking to dive into something really different? Writers are bending and twisting literary categories into all sorts of unusual directions these days.
What It is: This offshoot of eco-fiction consists of short stories and novels that address the effects of climate change
What To Read: Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam trilogy
2. Bizarro Fiction
What It Is: Books that aim to be both strange and entertaining, with hefty doses of absurdism, satire, and the grotesque.
What To Read: Brian Evenson’s A Collapse of Horses
3. Nordic Noir
What It Is: Dark, often morally ambiguous police procedurals or psychological thrillers set in Scandinavia.
What To Read: Henning Mankell’s Faceless Killers
4. Flash Fiction
What It Is: This genre, which consists of stories in a few hundred words, has been around, but it’s now more popular than ever.
What To Read: Look no further than “For sale: baby shows, never worn,” often attributed to Hemingway
What It Is: Poetry composed from the subject lines of spam email messages.
What To Read: Anthologies exist, but you’ll find the best examples at spampoetry.org
6. Twitter Fiction
What It Is: Short stories and novels composed entirely of tweets.
What To Read: David Mitchell’s “The Right Short,” which he developed into a full-length novel, Slade House
7. Cashier Memoir
What It Is: Just what it sounds like: true-life tales from behind the cash register.
What To Read: Anna Sam’s Checkout Girl