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December 8th, 2016


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08:30 am - Silly Meme, Post #55
I have ten minutes before workout, so let's play a silly meme...

Hyperspecific Genres You Love.

In other words, what sub-sub-genre tropes do you automatically read or watch? They're the ones that you auto-buy when you read a synopsis or find yourself watching when you click past them online or on TV, the ones that are ridiculously tailored to things you like.

Some of mine are as follows:

BOOKS
Historical English cozy mystery (from Georgian times up to the 50s) with a husband-wife or romantic-couple pair of amateur sleuths, with witty banter and at least one trip to the country. Theatricals, thinly veiled real people in manner of Nancy Mitford, or mysteries about authors/authorship preferred. Champagne is important.

Fantasy set in any real-world English or American* location except New York City, protagonists of a certain age discovering actual proper magic and romance, with adventure. Subfocus on cool professions a plus (no cupcake bakers). Champagne is important.
*Will accept locations in Western Europe.

TV/FILM
Campy supernatural series with handsome British leading man and cool leading lady*, romance important, wit essential yet with a good heart, with a fully developed secondary cast with their own stories. Like Sleepy Hollow except not stupid and racist in its treatment of the heroine; like Lucifer except with a stronger heroine.
*I usually see these in American shows, but I would love to see it in an English show.

What about you? What is one of your Hyperspecific Genres You Love?

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From:anne_d
Date:December 8th, 2016 02:17 pm (UTC)
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You've pushed quite a few of my buttons right there.

Looking at the bookshelves across the room, I'd say also strong female protagonist (of any age), and a well-built world, the kind that feels like it has always been there. I also have a fondness for stories set in locales with which I'm familiar. I get a kick out of the current Agents of SHIELD storyline because they're running all over LA. New York isn't the only center of the universe.

It's too early (dratted cats!), so I don't know if I'm making sense.
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From:laurawise
Date:December 9th, 2016 12:07 pm (UTC)
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You make a lot of sense! And I often really, really like LA-set mysteries or stories.

Hugs for your day!
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From:janus_74
Date:December 8th, 2016 07:26 pm (UTC)
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I'll give any historical mystery a try if it's set in a small English town; books or TV.
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From:laurawise
Date:December 9th, 2016 12:06 pm (UTC)
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I do like those English cozy mysteries set in villages. :)

Cheers for your Friday!
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From:gwynnega
Date:December 8th, 2016 07:50 pm (UTC)
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Those tropes all sound excellent.
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From:laurawise
Date:December 9th, 2016 12:06 pm (UTC)
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Yay!

Hugs for your Friday.
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From:kathyh
Date:December 8th, 2016 10:40 pm (UTC)
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You've hit quite a few of mine already. For books I share a fondness for magic hidden in familiar places, particularly London, and people who practice it in secret to keep others safe. I can never resist mysteries with a literary background, preferably set in university towns with witty protagonists (I think I imprinted on Gaudy Night rather early).

For TV/Film I do enjoy a "found family" vibe and an ensemble cast whose characters have actual relationships with each other not just viewed through the point of view of the hero/heroine.
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From:laurawise
Date:December 9th, 2016 12:06 pm (UTC)
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I do like "found family" too and the kind of ensemble cast you describe (and heee, I know a great example of a show where the supporting characters are viewed through the point of view of the hero/heroine! :) ).

Magic in London -- YES! And mysteries in university towns!

Hugs hugs, K.
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From:desdemonaspace
Date:December 9th, 2016 02:07 am (UTC)
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Re: Historical English cozy mystery (from Georgian times up to the 50s) with a husband-wife or romantic-couple pair of amateur sleuths...

All that come to mind are Lord Peter and Harriet.

Please name more!
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From:laurawise
Date:December 9th, 2016 12:03 pm (UTC)
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Well, of course Christie's Tommy and Tuppence mysteries are favorites. And I love the few Allinghams where Campion and his wife Amanda are together, like The Fashion in Shrouds. :)

Of books written in the last few years, I often like Deanna Raybourn's Lady Julia and Nicholas Brisbane books (Regency-set). They're not Sayers-quality, but I enjoy them (despite the 1st-person).
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From:desdemonaspace
Date:December 9th, 2016 02:05 pm (UTC)
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Thank you!--will seek them out.
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From:mobile_alh
Date:December 12th, 2016 01:48 am (UTC)
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I can add Ngaio Marsh's Inspector Alleyn and his darling Troy the painter...always a reliable comfort read.

otherwise, I'm happily seconding all your faves....
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From:laurawise
Date:December 14th, 2016 10:10 pm (UTC)
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Yes, Rory and Troy are awesome! And so are you, ALH. :)

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