Is Lisa going to the prom?' I shelved my worries for the moment. 'I don't know, Mom. We don't talk about the You-Know-What. We made a pact.' You could go together, if you didn't want to mess with dates and things.' I don't want to mess with the prom at all, Mom.' She ignored me, placidly eating popcorn, piece by piece.'Some girls in my high school class did that and had a wonderful time. They weren't lesbians or anything. Not that it would matter if they were.' That's nice, Mom. I'm glad you're so open-minded.' I grabbed my Coke and the popcorn bowl and headed for the stairs, because I could go my whole life without ever hearing my mother talk about lesbians again. Maybe you could take Justin to the prom, ' she called after me, laughter in her voice. 'He is such a hottie.' Shoot me now.
lisa quotesprom quotesshelved quotesworries quotesmoment quotesi quotesmom quotestalk quotesyouknowwhat quotesmade quotespact quotesmess quotesdates quotesthings quotesprom quotesmom quotesplacidly quoteseating quotespopcorn quotespiece quotespiecesome quotesgirls quoteshigh quotesschool quotesclass quoteswonderful quotestime quoteslesbians quotesmatter quoteswere quotesnice quotesglad quotesopenminded quotesgrabbed quotescoke quotespopcorn quotesbowl quotesheaded quotesstairs quoteslife quoteshearing quotesmother quotesjustin quotesprom quotes quotescalled quoteslaughter quotesvoice quoteshe quoteshottie quotesshoot quotes
Emery cut in impatiantly, "For crying out loud. Who do you think you are, Nancy Drew?" Hey," I snapped, because no one sniped at my sister but me, and Mark echoed with a stern "Chill, dude." Phin was unperturbed. "Those books were highly unrealistic. Do you have any idea how much brain damage a person would have if she were hit on the head and drugged with chloroform that often?
emery quotescut quotesimpatiantly quotescrying quotesloud quotesnancy quotesdrew quoteshey quotessnapped quotessniped quotessister quotesmark quotesechoed quotesstern quoteschill quotesdude quotesphin quotesunperturbed quotesbooks quoteshighly quotesunrealistic quotesidea quotesbrain quotesdamage quotesperson quoteshit quoteshead quotesdrugged quoteschloroform quotes
[W]hen Ben was kissing me, the whole world retreated. I felt things I'd never felt before, in places I never knew were connected. But I was pretty sure that whatever was buzzing against my thigh was not normal. For one thing, it was ringing. Ben dragged his mouth away from mine and mumbled a curse that was a little shocking and kind of hot. "Ignore it," he said. That was easy for him to say when his cell phone was rounding third base. If anyone got a home run tonight, I didn't want it to be Verizon Wireless.
ben quoteskissing quotesworld quotesretreated quotesfelt quotesthings quotesplaces quotesknew quotesconnected quotespretty quotesbuzzing quotesthigh quotesnormal quotesthing quotesringing quotesdragged quotesmouth quotesmine quotesmumbled quotescurse quotesshocking quoteskind quoteshot quotesignore quoteseasy quotescell quotesphone quotesrounding quotesbase quoteshome quotesrun quotestonight quotesverizon quoteswireless quotes
Good writing is good writing. In many ways, it's the audience and their expectations that define a genre. A reader of literary fiction expects the writing to illuminate the human condition, some aspect of our world and our role in it. A reader of genre fiction likes that, too, as long as it doesn't get in the way of the story.
good quoteswriting quotesgood quoteswriting quotesways quotesaudience quotesexpectations quotesdefine quotesgenre quotesreader quotesliterary quotesfiction quotesexpects quotesilluminate quoteshuman quotescondition quotesaspect quotesworld quotesrole quotesgenre quoteslikes quoteslong quotesstory quotes