Today someone told me they would have an easier time critiquing my story if they knew what genre it was. Then my friend who just attended a big writer's conference said she got that a lot from people. We understand the publishing and marketing importance of genre, but this seems overall bothersome. My two favorite authors are are Chuck Palahniuk and Haruki Murakami. When I look for their books they're in the fiction section. I really don't think either of them sat down and asked themselves which genre their stories would fit into. Personally, I find most genre fiction to be corny precisely because of how limited it forces itself to be. I'm aware that these are amateurish sentiments but I think this will generate some interesting conversation. If I have to, I'll start thinking more about what box my work fits into. However, at this time, I find that approach to be stifling.