A blatant example of an author switching from straight literary fiction to slipstream is Margaret Atwood. Have any of you read The Handmaid's Tale? That's slipstream. (the link says it's Science Fiction/Speculative, but I beg to differ! It's set in the real world and is VERY real and very WEIRD, and has no 'fantastical elements,' so to me it suits Slipstream better.)
Anyway, this discussion brought up the title of this post. My publisher said she has recently noticed a trend in debut authors wanting to experiment AFTER they are published, which is sorta illogical. I should have gotten a few examples off her, but I forgot. Nevertheless, the questions still stand:
Do you think it's wise to switch genres without using a pen name after you've established your audience? Do you think your audience will still want to read your work when they have a certain expectation of what they are going to get and then it suddenly changes? As a reader, would you be interested in reading a Romance written by a novelist whose previous work was Science Fiction, for example? As a writer, what do you think the effects of such a decision might be? Do you think it would be beneficial to a writer's career, or do you think it might destroy it? Why?
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