The Stupid in Genre Fails

  • Aaron KernerEmail author
  • Julian Hoxter


Storytelling evolves, as do genres. Evolutions prompted by creative innovations, hybridization, or encountering emerging technology, any of these might lead to a genre fail. Genre failures mark a juncture in an evolutionary branch, leading to a dead-end, a limp wilting limb, or a vigorous new branch. Even in this latter instance, prior to its institutionalization, a genre innovation might at first come off as stupid. As examples, the authors evaluate innovative approaches to the horror genre, Roman Pornos (Japanese softcore erotic films), and the televisual following the advent of streaming services. From the emergence of long-format television, to the possibilities of interactive narratives, streaming has a measurable impact on (televisual-)genres, and forms. Interactive narratives begin to blur the boundaries between televisual/cinematic narratives and videogames.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of CinemaSan Francisco State UniversitySan FranciscoUSA

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