The Jane Doe Novel Experiment

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Ask Jane: What If It’s Not Your Genre?


I want you to review my novel, but you’ve said you don’t like sci-fi or fantasy.

Great statement! 😉 I believe the question is whether I can be fair to a genre I don’t normally lean towards. 

True story: I’m handed a script and am told, “I don’t think you’ll like it, but will you critic it for me?”

I take the script. When I return it to its creator:

“This is really good. This will sell.”


“Yeah. The concept is humorous, your plots are well defined and moving, the main character is a witty, relaxed, kidder. People will love him.  Why didn’t you think I’d like it?.”

“I thought you would never see a movie like this.”

“I wouldn’t. If it gets made, I’m not going to see it. I mean, I will go to see it and will LOVE watching it because you wrote it and it’ll be exciting to see your work on the big screen and I’ll be so proud of you, but if it came out tomorrow by John Doe, I’d pass.”

The point is, just because I don’t like a particular subject, doesn’t stop it from being good. A well-written, good story remains a well-written, good story…even if it is sci-fi. 😉


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