It got me thinking about the books that do blend genres. Blending genres keeps a book interesting, and surprises a reader. Come for the sci fi, stay for the mystery.
- HUNGER GAMES: a blend of dystopian with romance--and a little fantasy (muttations, anyone? The science isn't quite science here--it's more fantasy. Look at the Capital!)
- GAME OF THRONES: fantasy, with a blend of dystopian (White Watchers are creepy, yo)
- DOCTOR WHO: sci fi, with a blend of comedy and mystery
- ENDER'S GAME: sci fi + mystery
- THE ROAD: dystopian + family tale
- DIVERGENT: dystopian + school tale (factions) + mystery
- WITHER: dystopian + feminism
- SHATTER ME: dystopian + super heroes
- BLACK HOLE SUN: sci fi + action hero movie
Think about the best books you've read recently. I'm willing to bet that one of the key things that book did right was blend genres--you have the "setting" genre--the genre most people will classify it as, the easily recognizable genre. But there's a sub-genre in it that will add a layer of uniqueness to the story--and that's what stays with the reader.