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That's so metal. What? What is so metal?

So what are the cool kids listening to? What groups and subgenres should I know about? [more inside]
posted by j_curiouser on Sep 18, 2014 - 31 answers

More music recommendations sought - what music are you passionate about?

I find that I tend to like new music most when someone explains to me why it's interesting and important. That is, I'm more likely to enjoy [random genre for which I have a narrative] than [more music like what I already enjoy, but without a narrative]. And most of my favorite music is stuff that was shared with me by someone who really, really liked it. What do you really, really like right now? And why? [more inside]
posted by Frowner on Aug 8, 2014 - 18 answers

The American SF "Canon"

For an upcoming project I'm putting together what's meant to be a comprehensive timeline of important (even "necessary") works of American science fiction since the late 19th century. [more inside]
posted by gerryblog on Mar 23, 2014 - 68 answers

Intro to Superhuman Studies, the Novel

I'm looking for examples of novels (or stories in other media) that fit a particular mold exemplified by Harry Potter. The basic premise is that the protagonist is living a (usually particularly unpleasant) mundane life when they are unexpectedly contacted by a representative from a secret supernatural (or otherwise fantastic) society and then.... invited to enroll in a school. [more inside]
posted by 256 on Jan 30, 2014 - 20 answers

Genre vs. Non-Genre Fiction

So, I'm starting tentatively to plunk out the first few pages of what I imagine will become a first draft of a first novel. It's aimed somewhere in the range of a very-near future, with some decidedly speculative features and technologies. No spaceships, no aliens, no dragons, no ray guns. I'd like it to be something like the novels of William Gibson and Gary Shteyngart, though I don't presume to compare the quality of what I'm working on to their works, which I truly admire. Both of those guys have published what are clearly SF novels, outside of genre SF. What are the advantages and disadvantages of attempting that, rather than selling to the SF publishing houses?
posted by newdaddy on Jul 2, 2013 - 17 answers

writers or english degree types: help a layman understand basic genre

My bulldog is swimming in my swimming pool. [more inside]
posted by larry_darrell on Jul 1, 2013 - 15 answers

feed my ears, my eyes are busy

I need recommendations for TV shows, audiodramas and audiobooks that I can really sink my teeth into. I'm asking for both in the same question because I need to be able to listen to the TV and still catch most everything; this is stuff I want to have on while I'm doing stuff with my hands. I'm a fan of fantasy, science fiction, drama and snark. More information and a list of favorite things after the jump. [more inside]
posted by NoraReed on Jun 24, 2013 - 18 answers

Calling all DJs and Jukebox Wizards

I am looking for examples of songs that bridge genres, or help transition from one type of music to another, in the context of a fifteen-song jukebox set. Examples inside. [more inside]
posted by stellaluna on Jun 13, 2013 - 7 answers

I need to read some grown-up books. With unicorns, preferably.

After spending several years reading largely YA, I'd like to read some grown-up secondary world fantasy novels. Persnickety tastes below the fold. [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi on Apr 30, 2013 - 58 answers

Rom coms where the love interest is introduced later?

The standard format for a romantic comedy has both key characters introduced very early in the script/movie -- say, in the first ten pages/minutes. I'm looking for examples of romantic comedies where one of the romantic leads is introduced later in the movie. [more inside]
posted by allnamesaretaken on Jan 22, 2013 - 38 answers

There's a lot of head-tilting in this video.

How would you describe this piece of K-pop? [more inside]
posted by casarkos on Nov 11, 2012 - 1 answer

More animal novels

Where can I find more "animal fiction" like this? [more inside]
posted by Urban Winter on Nov 11, 2012 - 39 answers

Frankenstein + LSD movies

Frankenstein myths for the LSD age? I'm looking for movies that have similar themes to: Altered States, 'X' the Man with X-Ray Eyes, and Eyes of Hell (aka The Mask) [more inside]
posted by RobotHero on Jul 24, 2012 - 15 answers

What sort of music is "Empress March" from Beatmania IIDX16?

What genre of music would you say this song (SLYT, 0:28) is, and where can I find more like it? [more inside]
posted by Mothra Pisces on Jun 8, 2012 - 6 answers

Punk songs for a folk lover?

I normally listen to bluegrass/folk/classical, but I recently found out I really love Bad Religion's "Sorrow". What other punk tracks might I enjoy? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Jun 6, 2012 - 25 answers

Oh the Horror!

What are good sources for finding out about new and forthcoming horror books? I'm not talking about anything with vampires and/or werewolves, I mean books that really inspire a sense of dread or fear.
posted by lirael2008 on Feb 18, 2012 - 2 answers

Synonym for satisfying?

Is there a single word for finding pleasure in well done formulaic stories not because they are doing something new or even being particularly clever, but because they hit the notes well, manage the tropes, and deliver what they promise? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Jan 22, 2012 - 34 answers

Which website can I have a discussion about appropriate genre to classify music in my mp3 collection?

Is there a web-site/forum where I can have a sensible/intelligent/non-flame wars discussion about appropriate ways to classify the genre of particular music, artists, etc of my mp3 music collection? I know I can classify my music with any genre I wish, but I would like to have a discussion of our other people classify the music, for example, of Paul Robson. Is it Classical, Classical vocal, or whatever? I have looked at MusicBrainz, but that doesn't, as far as I can tell, have the genre of music. Everything but it seems.
posted by vac2003 on Dec 28, 2011 - 9 answers

Popular Song (Wildly Different Genre Version)

The Rework. I'm looking for examples of the self-cover in a different style, i.e. a reimagining, where the musician reinterprets their own song in a new genre. Is this a thing? [more inside]
posted by stroke_count on Sep 25, 2011 - 39 answers

Help me consider Ted Chiang's distinction between SF and Fantasy

Ask whether the universe of the story recognizes the existence of persons. Is this distinction between SF and Fantasy original with Ted Chiang? Can you think of any counter-examples that don't fit? [more inside]
posted by straight on Sep 14, 2011 - 30 answers

Roman fantasy, not Medieval fantasy!

Are there any genre fantasy books with a Roman setting? [more inside]
posted by valkyryn on Jul 5, 2011 - 26 answers

On horror

Are there any great books about the horror film genre? [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry on Jun 20, 2011 - 12 answers


Give your best examples of the SF/ Survivalist/ Wish Fullfillment sub-genre "libertarian engineers do everything better" or "objectivist superman saves history". More specifically ones where someone is the last man on earth/sendt back in time and constructs a free market utopia through sheer smarts and rationality ( with himself on the top of it, of course). [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Jun 9, 2011 - 28 answers

What is this?

Help me identify and categorize my musical interests and expand my horizons in the process. [more inside]
posted by patronuscharms on May 6, 2011 - 9 answers

"Do you mean I get ALL these great genres on just ONE compact disc?"

Can you name me some thoroughly cross-genre albums by a particular singer/band? If I ever made an album, I'd throw in a pounding hard rock song, a groovy disco number, twangy country, some crooning, new wave, a folksy Americana ballad, etc. But I'm sure this has already been done. [more inside]
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing on Dec 21, 2010 - 20 answers

Fiction writing advice for the advanced amateur.

I seem to be teetering on the edge of getting somewhere with my writing, but I'm not there yet. How can I learn to get a handle on pacing and characterization in my novels and short stories? [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi on Dec 8, 2010 - 17 answers

Yes, I've been to TV Tropes

Point me toward movies were a rag-tag bunch of outsiders shake up this stuffy small town! I'm looking for the opposite of this question, canonical examples of the Outsiders Cause Chaos In A Small Town trope, from The Music Man to Pleasantville (Or ..The Devil's Rejects). Any genre, any peroid, just so long as a town is turned upside-down, inside-out, or gored to death.
posted by The Whelk on Nov 7, 2010 - 39 answers

Who are these two dancers?

Who are the two dancers preceding Cyd Charisse in the title sequence of The Silencers (1966)? (mildly NSFW) [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese on Nov 5, 2010 - 1 answer

Help genre these artists

When people say "what kind of music do you like?" I don't have an answer to tell them. Two of may favorite albums ever are Martin Tillman's A Year In Zurich and Jeremy Soule's Morrowind soundtrack. But, I can't put my finger on what genre these albums are. Classical and Jazz are too vague. [more inside]
posted by rebent on Oct 24, 2010 - 6 answers

Country's Got Soul?

More Like This: watching Heartworn Highways, I came across Larry Jon Wilson and have been trying to run down more music that sounds like this. Can you provide some leads? [more inside]
posted by yerfatma on Jun 22, 2010 - 1 answer

Music remakes that could be a different song

Can you recommend music remakes into completely different genres? [more inside]
posted by Danila on May 20, 2010 - 83 answers

Is cutesy female singing a genre?

The Pee wee's Playhouse theme performed by Cyndi Lauper ('s_Playhouse#Soundtracks)...Cyndi's voice in that, to me, harkens back to music of the 20s. Is there a name for this sort of cutesy style of female singing? Is this a genre that I can actually seek out?
posted by swimming naked when the tide goes out on May 1, 2010 - 18 answers

Help Me Name My Band's Music!

Let's name a music that has never existed before. [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie on Mar 26, 2010 - 30 answers

When all the guys join in singing...only they're yelling it from the back of the band

Okay what is the name of the kind of swing music where the band does call and response with the singer? Not the backup singers. The horn section. [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Dec 14, 2009 - 10 answers

Suggest books that push the envelope of "self-help"?

Can you suggest books that push the envelope of "self-help"? I record books for a library-owned radio station for the blind and visually impaired. One of our genres is Self-Help. We have no shortage of the usual sort of self-help book - I've been asked to come up with something a little wider-ranging or quirky. [more inside]
posted by tomboko on Oct 21, 2009 - 16 answers

I imagine it's the music that all the people from "Are You Being Served" got down to in their off hours

When I was in England I was in a bar where I heard a whole night's worth of music that sounded like "Atomic" by Blondie. Is this a genre of some kind? If so, what's it called and where do I get more? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Oct 7, 2009 - 21 answers

Are there other songs that feel/sound like Bolero and Andalucia?

Do "Andalucia" and "Bolero" fit within a specific genre of music? [more inside]
posted by silusGROK on Sep 9, 2009 - 11 answers

Help me avoid literature in Spanish.

No quiero literatura: I'm looking for recommendations for genre fiction in Spanish. Help me avoid being overfaced when I arrive in the library. [more inside]
posted by itsjustanalias on Jun 14, 2009 - 8 answers

what genre is the ending credit song in the generals daughter?

what genre of music is the song from the generals daughter during the credits at the end? [more inside]
posted by kgreerRN on Mar 27, 2009 - 8 answers

Narrative schizophrenia

Trying to find stories that begin and end in totally different genres/styles. [more inside]
posted by minkll on Jan 31, 2009 - 35 answers

Does "Lost" = SF?

Is the tv show "Lost" science fiction? [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Dec 3, 2008 - 24 answers

Are there successful multi-genre authors?

Are there any reasonably well-known (or even famous) writers who are truly multi-genre? [more inside]
posted by wackybrit on Nov 10, 2008 - 54 answers

How can I browse iPod playlists by ALBUM instead of artist or song?

How can I browse and listen to iPod playlists or genres by ALBUM instead of by artist or song title? [more inside]
posted by stst399 on Sep 24, 2008 - 8 answers

What are the classics of genre fiction?

What are the classics of genre fiction? What are the best thrillers, mysteries, westerns, horror, romances, etc? [more inside]
posted by TheophileEscargot on Apr 3, 2008 - 27 answers

Genre flick factory!

Has anyone ever attempted to estimate the total number of films made in Hollywood that we today consider film noir? What about other long-lived genres of the high era of the silver screen? [more inside]
posted by mwhybark on Jan 24, 2008 - 6 answers

In a past life I was a sylph.

How common a trope is reincarnation within the fantasy genre? [spoilers inside] [more inside]
posted by dorothy humbird on Oct 30, 2007 - 19 answers

Anal mp3 tagging question

Anal mp3 tagging question: I'm organizing my mp3 collection and frustrated with how inaccurate the genre tags are. Does anyone know of any good programs that can automatically scan mp3 and update accurate and more specific mp3 genres? (iam currently using fixtunes which uses the amazon database, which is quite awful.)
posted by nyu2 on Sep 29, 2006 - 17 answers

Half-remembered art theory

I'm trying to remember a theory about the arts in which the progression of a genre moves through various well-defined stages... [more inside]
posted by dydecker on Aug 18, 2006 - 4 answers

Tagging MP3s and the Rock genre

How much or how little and in what ways should one consider breaking up the "Rock" genre when tagging MP3s? [more inside]
posted by Witty on Jul 26, 2006 - 20 answers

What genre novels have women who have "too much power"?

Is the Woman Who Has Too Much Power and Must Be Stopped a commonly recurring plotline in genre works? If so, what are some examples? [more inside]
posted by Prospero on Jul 8, 2006 - 27 answers

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