Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Name That Genre! #26

TITLE: YA
GENRE: Secret

Dear Stacey,

Dad said I have to apologize, so here goes: I’m sorry about your Louboutins.

That’s a lie and we both know it. If you ever made anything besides reservations, you’d have found your shoe behind all those fancy olive oils you bought last year. How many olive oils did you think we needed? YOU ONLY EAT FAT FREE DRESSING. Anyway, it’s not my fault they spilled. This is Los Angeles. We have earthquakes.

I’m sorry Fariba threw it away, but I thought you’d find it first. You’ve poked through everything else, including my room after I told you to stay out, but did you listen? NO. If you ever go through my stuff again, I will hide more than your Louboutins. Do we understand each other? I’ll be in my room if anyone wants to come yell at me or RIFLE THROUGH MY BELONGINGS LIKE A STILETTO-HEELED SPY.

Sincerely,

Westley Fagan, oppressed person.

41 comments:

  1. Contemporary

    The Louboutins, olive oil, fat-free (add a hyphen) dressing, and the LA setting made your genre clear to me. Poor Westley!

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  2. Contemporary

    Los Angeles & Louboutins

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  3. contemporary

    Louboutins and Fat free dressing

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  4. Contemporary

    The reference to LA and earthquakes.

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  5. Contemporary. Love the voice on this. Great work!

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  6. Turn of the 20th century. Low fat was so last century. Everybody now knows sugar is the real culprit.

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  7. Contemporary.

    Love the "oppressed person" siggy line.

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  8. Contemporary

    At first I thought near future because I didn't know what Louboutins were. Can you believe it?

    By the way, I love the voice. It sounds a little young to be YA, but maybe the story proves me wrong. Always trust your instincts.

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  9. Contemporary

    Louboutins, Olive oils. I have to agree with the fat free comment above. Low sugar seems more relevant today.

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  10. Contemporary because of the shoe brand being mentioned.

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  11. Contemporary.

    No magic. Modern day conflict!

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  12. Contemporary.
    This seems like a modern person.

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  13. Contemporary and very funny. Good luck, Sarah

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  14. Yeah, contemporary! One point of confusion, though: Fariba threw "it" away? Not "them?" (Isn't it a pair of shoes?)

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  15. Fariba and Fagan...hmm...I want to say urban fantasy, and I'll be the only one. Lol!

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  16. Contemporary.

    What's throwing me off is the gender of the MC. I was thinking female, but Westley strikes me as a masculine.

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  17. Contemporary. Although I had no clue what Louboutins were and was confused/bothered by this. I assume it's a shoe?

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  18. Contemporary

    The lifestyle comments suggest family strife, but so far nothing points to romance or mystery.

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  19. Contemporary with some perspective on high society thrown in. The names are just all very wealthy. If it's all epistolary, that would be fabulous. So clever and vivid in one short letter! Getting olive oil all over the shoes then having the maid throw them away is downright devious.

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  20. Contemporary

    I also was confused and thought the main character was a girl at first. Probably because fancy shoes are something sisters would commonly steal from each other. Maybe mention it was a prank, to give a hint of boy.

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  21. CONTEMPORARY

    I'd like to be more specific, but all I'm sure of is that we're in the present day, both because of the mention of the shoe brand and because of the modern language. They seem to be brother and sister, so I'm not thinking romance. It's funny. Does humor count as a genre? But I don't see any signs of thriller, mystery, horror, or fantasy, so I can't specify.

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  22. CONTEMPORARY

    I guess. I had to look up what Louboutins were (which suggests I'm not the target market ;-). After that, I was still a bit confused about what happened to the shoes. The writer suggests it was an earthquake that spilled oil on them, but then why would the writer have to apologize? (And if there was an earthquake strong enough to break bottles, presumably there are more important things to worry about in this story?).

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  23. Contemporary.

    Louboutins (though I must admit I didn't know what that was until the shoe reference), fat free dressing, stiletto-heeled, fancy olive oils all speak of present period.

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  24. Contemporary

    Louboutins, Los Angeles, fat-free dressings.



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  25. Contemporary

    Although, I'd like to know contemporary what, and I don't. The letter worked great though!

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  26. Contemporary

    Don't see how it could be anything else!

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  27. contemporary no doubt

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  28. It is, in fact, a YA Contemporary.

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  29. CONTEMPORARY

    and I liked it better when I realized the letter from a boy. Its cool that he knows so much about his sister's shoes and diet lol

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