I found something interesting about “personal” genre…This was an (undated) research project some years back about how people perceive life…The researchers showed there were basically 10 different belief-curves about life. (See document linked below)
- Life-crisis - small loss and fast recovery
- Slowly ascending
- Planned gain with appreciated risk
- Life-crisis - fall and dash
- Permanent descending
- Permanently shattering life line
I suspect each of these kinds of “life-genres” correlate with preferred choice of story genre (fantasy, mystery, horror, rom-com, romance, historical, etc)
I’m sure their preference would match up with the “moods” of the different quads (left-top, right-bottom, etc).
As an author looking at these patterns, it shows that the “Hero’s Journey” path pattern isn’t going to undo the beliefs about life…
If we want to persuade the reader of a premise that will make their life better for knowing…Just like a sound cancelling (or stealth) device sends opposite waves, I suspect we need some alternate patterns to retrain the belief systems of those who conceive of their life as a different pattern.
I’d love to hear the ideas of others about this. Here’s the document: (LINK to PDF)