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Subject: Genre Selector: double hyphen vs."General"
Date Posted: 6/21/2009 9:07 AM ET
Member Since: 1/4/2009
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I have a question about the Genre Selector, which I'll ask via my own situation: I'm a horror fan, and I want to set up one of my Genre Selectors as just Horror in general, not a any special category of Horror. So I start with the leftmost selection, and choose "Horror" for that one.

That causes a new selector to appear to the right of it, which has the following selections that I'm going to separate by /slashes.....//--/Anthologies/Authors A-Z/British/Dark Fantasy/Erotic/General/Ghosts/Occult/Reference/United States/Vampires

This is my question: What is the difference between the first choice (double hyphen) and the choice of "General"?

Another way of putting it: Does the sub-category of "General" have a limitation that choosing nothing doesn't have? For example, if you choose "General" does that mean you *won't* get Vampires and you *won't* get Ghosts and so on? Because that would be a ridiculous way of setting it up, if the sub-category of "General" amounted to only those books that don't fit in any other category.

--really curious & wanting to know, about this one, so thanks for your help if *you* know,

=smile=

 

Fiona

Date Posted: 6/22/2009 12:45 AM ET
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I believe the double hyphen is the same as "all"

Date Posted: 6/22/2009 3:39 AM ET
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For example, if you choose "General" does that mean you *won't* get Vampires and you *won't* get Ghosts and so on?

Typically, yes. Although each individual book can vary. When the genre is assigned, typically "general" would be chosen if the book doesn't fit any of the other sub-genres available at the same level (just below "Horror"). A book could also fit multiple subgenres, so it could be listed under both "ghosts" and "vampires" if the book includes both. A general horror book might be listed under just "Horror" or could be listed under "Horror-->General".

Bernhard is right, the double hyphen just means that you are not selecting a subgenre, thus "all".

 

Date Posted: 6/22/2009 11:05 AM ET
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Sara's illuminating reply:

When the genre is assigned, typically "general" would be chosen if the book doesn't fit any of the other sub-genres available at the same level (just below "Horror"). A book could also fit multiple subgenres, so it could be listed under both "ghosts" and "vampires" if the book includes both. A general horror book might be listed under just "Horror" or could be listed under "Horror-->General."

Ahhh--no wonder the horror greeting me each morning is roughly 30% Stephen King (already have), 30% V. C. Andrews (don't want), 15% Dean Koontz (thriller, not horror), 20% Other (50/50 already have/don't want)..and just a paltry 5% in the precious Haven't Heard Of category.

I mean, seriously! I'm reasonably abreast of horror published before about 10 years ago. But It takes elbow grease to keep up: aside from Stephen King, readable horror books--let alone the cream of the crop--never, never, within a hair's breadth of absolutely never, show their dark faces in offline bookstores, nor in the "check out this author" features of online bookstores. This is one of the reasons I joined Swap. =big smile=

So you can see why I've been befuddled. Where were the not-a-narrow-subtype (e.g., gay vampire) books, from the past 10 years, I didn't know about?

Basta with the burble-babble. Thanks, Sara!!  I go forth to fix horror picker.

Fiona



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