The Genre Mash

For as long as I have been writing I have liked to mix genres. Genre-blending and ‘villain as protagonist’ are the two of the most common elements you’ll find in my work. This is one of the qualities that drew me to comics, initially–the willingness of writers to engage with many genres at once. So you’d think I’d be happy to see so many new books, comics and movies being described as ‘genre-bending’, wouldn’t you? So, why does this sudden surfeit of multi-genre works make me want to light my hair on fire? Because these stories are often less than...