7 Jul 2020

In defence of rules in fiction

From Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan, 2:10 pm on 7 July 2020

RNZ producer and bookworm Robert Kelly is in to defend genre fiction that follows the rules. It  often gets a bad rap by critics but Robert thinks they're bestsellers for a reason and that a book that follows the rules can be extremely satisfying for readers. 

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Photo: HarperCollins

Authors discussed:

- Robin Hobb 
- Ursula K Le Guinn - Earthsea novels
- Raymond E Feist - Riftwar cycle 
- Robert Jordan - Wheel of Time 
- Ben Aaronovitch - Rivers of London 
- Terry Pratchett - Discworld 
- Marlon James - Black Leopard Red Wolf (Fantasy based on African traditions rather than European ones) 

- Agatha Christie - Ms Marple and Hercule Poirot mysteries
- Lee Child - Jack Reacher books - 24 books - over 100 million copies sold 
- Anne Cleeves - Vera Stanhope Novels and the Jimmy Perez Novels 
- John Grisham - Legal thrillers - 36 adult books