What Is A Genre? // why you may feel cheated by a book

Genres, their definitions, and how their interpretations vary across bookworms have been discussed exhaustively in the bookish community.

I admit, it was never a conversation I joined in much because I did not have many thoughts about the subject. To me, a genre was self-explanatory—a science fiction book was a make-believe story about something ~ sciencey ~ and a fantasy book had magic or dragons or knights so it was… fantastical.

It wasn’t until I recently read this passage from a collection of Neil Gaiman’s nonfiction works that I genuinely reflected upon my basic definition of a genre:

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