On the Ninth day of Christmas Vacation

December 30th, 2008 • Kate

Nine Ladies DancingDaphne answered me (well, “me” if you’re Sharla):

Is there a book genre comparable to TV’s “dramedy” genre? That is truly what my book is, and I’m having trouble molding it into rom/com, or rom/susp. From what I’m told, romantic comedy is more a goofy fluffy type like chick lit, and mine is funny and quirky but has a more grounded real life voice. Thoughts??

I think I’d look to writers like Jodi Picoult and aim for commercial women’s fiction. It’s a kind of loose genre, in that there’s room for lots of different styles of books, and it’s not real specific in name, but I would think it’s the best to cover what you’re writing. On the plus side, it’s often considered a little more mainstream than romantic comedy, which does sometimes have that “fluffy” connotation.
Readers, what other authors would you consider are working in “dramedy?”

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One Response to “On the Ninth day of Christmas Vacation”

  1. Kathleen Peacock Says:

    What about Jennifer Weiner? She’s excellent at portraying realistic women and does it with style and wit. I’d especially recommend In Her Shoes, The Guy Not Taken, and Goodnight Nobody.
    Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (don’t judge it by the horrendous movie) also sprung to mind. It’s quite funny but deals seriously with the relationship between Mark and Bridget. It might be a bit more on the comedy side but is quite brilliant.
    Though he tends to deal with male characters, she also might want to take a look at Nick Hornby.