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Melony

Quick Question about Jasper Fforde

This is just a quick question - how are the Thursday Next novels categorized?  Sci Fi - Fantasy?  I was kind of reminded of Terry Pratchett just a tiny little bit when I read First Among Sequels.  Just wondering what others thought.  Thanks.
Thursday Next

Categorized how? I think in a shop or library they'd be filed under general fiction but there's certainly a sci-fi/fantasy element there. I think unlike Pratchett, Fforde is humour first and sci-fi/fantasy second.
Evie

Yes, he is usually classified under general fiction - though I did once find one of his books in the crime fiction department.  I don't really like to categorise too much.  His humour is similar to Terry P.'s - lots of puns and linguistic jokes, intellectual sort of humour - but I don't really think of either of them in terms of categorisation (though TP is generally found in the Fantasy department in bookshops).  I think TP's humour is as important as the fantasy element - I see the fantasy as a vehicle for the humour, rather than the other way round.
Melony

Descriptors automatically categorize something, don't they? I was thinking humorous, as you say, but then there is that sci-fi/fantasy element to it.  Though both are found in the general fiction aisle, I would think that one would not categorize McCarthy's Blood Meridian the same as First Among Sequels.  It wouldn't seem right, I don't think. It would actually seem kind of deceptive to not categorize a novel when suggesting it to someone to buy, wouldn't it? It seems misleading in a way.
Evie

Not sure what you mean by 'descriptors'...  But there is so much variety within general fiction anyway, I don't think it's a problem to mix styles  - I am all for breaking down categories.  Philip K Dick, for example, is generally put in Science Fiction, but it means people who think they don't like SF won't pick up his books - and they transcend that genre to such an extent that it makes a mockery of categorisation.  

I do of course see the point of grouping things, but it can work the wrong way too.

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