Top 455 Genre Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Genre Quotes from famous people such as Daniel Espinosa, Bong Joon-ho, Cristina Saralegui, Dylan Lauren, G-Eazy, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

Gangster movies are the inheritor of the Greek tragedy:

Gangster movies are the inheritor of the Greek tragedy: it’s the only genre where the audience will be disappointed if there’s not a tragic ending.
Daniel Espinosa
I have a complex feeling about genre. I love it, but I hate it at the same time. I have the urge to make audiences thrill with the excitement of a genre, but I also try to betray and destroy the expectations placed on that genre.
Bong Joon-ho
The talk show, as a genre, has been in decline for a while. It started with Jerry Springer, when the talk shows suffered a metamorphosis, going from the real and social issues to the hair-raising.
Cristina Saralegui
My favorite genre is definitely romantic comedy. I love ‘When Harry Met Sally.’
Dylan Lauren
When you’re from the Bay Area, there’s this chip on your shoulder that you inherently come up with, because us, as a region, we’ve been overlooked in the grand scheme of the history of the genre and the culture.
G-Eazy
There is a sense that animated movies are suddenly a genre. I just don’t believe they are; it’s a technique to tell a story.
Gore Verbinski
There was a very difficult time when a female hero was a man in a woman’s body. ‘Hunger Games’ really changed that: a woman leading a non-woman’s film in the action genre. I think ‘Wonder Woman’ does that on a very big scale.
Patty Jenkins
I really don’t think of my work in terms of a genre. I think of it in terms of what I want to say, what I think is cool, and what I’m good at.
Christopher Moore
I had always dreamed of starting off in pop radio and crossing into country. I used to sing country; that was my genre when I was a kid.
Cassadee Pope
I do genre films because I like them or because I need the money. I make a star’s salary when I do horror because I can still open a movie in Italy or Spain or Germany.
Robert Englund
I would like to do a science fiction film some day. Star Wars seems really to have destroyed the genre, which at one time offered great musical opportunities.
Carter Burwell
I think that different people are objectively attractive in different ways and a big part of the romance genre for me is in discovering what that true attractiveness is.
Rege-Jean Page
I definitely gravitate towards quality genre projects and genre of any kind whether it’s science fiction, horror or really anything. I’m just drawn to quality. I don’t think ‘Darkness Falls’ is horror; there isn’t any gore by any stretch of the imagination.
Emma Caulfield
‘Days’ has always been strong as an icon in TV history, and it’s still going on strong and represents the genre of daytime drama so well. I’m proud to be a part of it.
Alison Sweeney
It’s really important to me not to be a snob about age division or about genre or whatever. The story needs to be what the story needs to be.
Patrick Ness
To me, some of the funniest movies would be probably categorized in the dramatic genre, and likewise, some of the most dramatic films, or films that have the most dramatic moments, are in comedies.
Paul Rudd
Light and funny has a more compelling quality when you’re younger. But I haven’t abandoned the genre: I love falling down; I love Lucille Ball. It’s just that a lot of those stories revolve around problems that I can’t convincingly portray at this age.
Julia Roberts
Being 15, I feel like people want me to go down the Justin Bieber, Cody Simpson sort of genre.
Shawn Mendes
After about the age of 13, I was a romance addict. Still am, though I read just about every other genre as well. The only thing I really shy away from is political thrillers.
Kristan Higgins
When I was making my first record, I think I felt slightly trapped by my mind and my genre. I think in one way, that archaic language I was using came from a kind of mild obsession with the devil.
Aldous Harding
Science fiction is becoming more of a diverse kind of genre.
Anna Torv
I don’t read ‘genre’ fiction if that means novels with lots of killing and shooting. Even Cormac McCarthy’s ‘No Country for Old Men’ seemed pretty childish in that regard.
Geoff Dyer
The fantasy genre is so in at the moment. Viewers want to escape from their lives and watch something that is so separate from their everyday existence. People have always wanted to escape their lives – that’s why they go to movies and the theatre.
Colin Morgan
I was raised on John D. MacDonald’s Travis McGee series. Something about this genre – hard-boiled-private-eye-with-heart-of-gold – never failed to take me away from whatever difficulties haunted my daily world to a wonderful land where I was no more than an enthralled spectator.
Alan Furst
I’m not in a certain type of genre, and I can’t be categorized or pigeonholed. That leaves a wide range of what I can do for myself, for other people, and with other people.
Shamir
With ‘Apollo 13,’ I wasn’t sure the genre would work, because space films hadn’t done that well.
Ron Howard
My first break was becoming a staff writer on the rebooted ‘90210.’ And then I got stuck writing in the teen genre for a while.
Allison Schroeder
People respond to something which intrigues them instead of something that gives them all the information – particularly in pop, which is, like, the genre for knowing way too much about everyone and everything.
Lorde
After I did the first Die Hard I said I’d never do another, same after I did the second one and the third. The whole genre was running itself into the ground.
Bruce Willis
The sci-fi genre just happens to have a lot of really great characters for women.
Jewel Staite
Well, you know, I feel like it’s about a lot of things. The reason that I made it was because I thought it was really funny and unique and just a different genre.
Danny DeVito
I think suspense should be like any other color on a wr

I think suspense should be like any other color on a writer’s palette. I suppose I’m in the minority but I think it’s crazy for ‘literary fiction’ to divorce itself from stories that are suspenseful, and assign anything with cops or spies or criminals to some genre ghetto.
Jess Walter
I have created a new genre. It is a soulful creation that comes straight from my heart.
Kailash Kher
What that means initially is that you have alot of products that are only slightly better games in the same genre on another machine – and the titles that really take advantage of the machine come along later.
Trip Hawkins
Romance tends to be the whipping boy of genre fiction.
Lauren Willig
What we did with ‘Tai Chi Zero’ and ‘Tai Chi Hero’ was break down the martial-arts genre and make it younger, hipper, and kind of cooler for the younger kids.
Daniel Wu
I considered myself very lucky after ‘Baghdad Cafe,’ and I have ‘The Shield.’ In every genre, I’ve kicked butt at some point. I’m real happy.
C. C. H. Pounder
I think romance is a tool, comedy is a tool and drama is a tool. I really just want to tell stories that challenge the viewer, move people, make you laugh, perhaps push an idea about being open-minded but never settle on a genre or an opinion. I hate genre. I like movies that are original in their approach.
Jason Reitman
When ‘Watchmen’ was published in 1986, the vast majority of comics readers deemed it a watershed in comics history. The 12-part serial comic book was widely acclaimed as a genius subversion of the superhero genre, and it did much to popularize comics to adults.
Lydia Millet
I’m always interested in what classic crime writers got into when they stepped away from the genre stuff they were known for. That’s why ‘Mildred Pierce’ is like noir without any real crime.
Todd Haynes
Latinos finally have a genre of music that represents them, and they’re supporting reggaeton in such huge numbers that people can’t help but notice there’s a revolution going on.
Fat Joe
It cannot be said often enough that science fiction as a genre is incredibly educational – and I’m speaking the written science fiction, not ‘Star Trek.’ Science fiction writers tend to fill their books if they’re clever with little bits of interesting stuff and real stuff.
Terry Pratchett
You usually find me writing what I like to think of as intelligent summer action and genre films.
Max Landis
One of the most common criticisms of romance is that the genre is too prescribed: If every romance novel ends happily ever after, don’t the stories lack complexity? Don’t the readers get bored?
Sarah MacLean
We try not to have any vanity or judgment about genre or type of film.
Phil Lord
With ‘The Librarians,’ we want to be a smart, fun, crazy, genre show, but we also want to be something that people of all ages can watch and enjoy. That, to me, does seem to be increasingly harder to find.
Dean Devlin
A modern-day Dickens with a popular voice and a genius for storytelling in any genre, Stephen King has written many wonderful books.
Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Something I’ve learned being in this industry for so long is that if you want to work with somebody, call them up. Very few musicians have any illusions about genre boundaries. They are useful descriptive terms, but they don’t really bind musicians.
John Darnielle
Comedy as a genre is the one that has given me maximum success, and I do broadly get associated with this genre. I thoroughly enjoy comedy, especially because it is inherent to my personality.
Riteish Deshmukh
When songs make me wanna throw up, it makes me ashamed to even be in the same genre as those songs.
Zac Brown
I definitely see the genre opening up a lot more. I don’t know if black people don’t want to get into country music or what, but I feel like we’re breaking down barriers.
Kane Brown
Down the road a bit, I would like to write a couple of stand-alone adult novels, especially in the horror genre. I’ve got lots of things up my sleeve.
James Dashner
Performing with Thomas Rhett our song ‘Craving You,’ I’m so excited for the fans to see it and sort of see our worlds come together because I feel like he’s sort of a genre pusher and boundary pusher, and I feel the same way about my music.
Maren Morris
Superhero movies have become a genre unto themselves, and I didn’t really grow up on superhero movies. I grew up on genre movies before superhero was a genre.
Josh Trank
My whole way of looking at entertainment and audience engagement – and my ability to go from one genre to another – comes from my experience in New Orleans.
Jon Batiste
‘I Love Lucy,’ the first classic, really belonged more to the Wacky Woman genre than the domestic sitcom; ‘My Little Margie’ and ‘I Married Joan’ were among the shrill, coarse imitations.
Tom Shales
The ‘Western’ is the only genre whose origins are almost identical with those of the cinema itself.
Andre Bazin
Truth is, I love all the horror guys and girls: Gord Rollo, Shirley Jackson, Harlan Ellison, Ramsey Campbell, Dan Simmons, Thomas Ligotti. Each one of them brings something wonderfully different and, because I love the genre, I love those who love the genre, too. And I hope the genre ends up loving me back.
Josh Malerman
When people say, ‘Your music was the music of the Seventies,’ I say, ‘So was discoteque.’ The Seventies was also the highest peak of heavy metal. Pick a genre – they were all alive.
Gerry Beckley
I think I honestly invented my own genre, the historical spy novel.
Alan Furst
The only genre I have any problem with is musicals, but that’s just my own tastes it’s nothing to do with the films.
Ben Wheatley
After ‘Student Of The Year,’ when I played that baby-doll, diva character, I knew I would be stereotyped, and I wanted to break that image of me. I loved that role, but I don’t want to be attached to one particular genre, so ‘Highway’ was a blessing in disguise.
Alia Bhatt
It's heretical, I know, but I've never really been able

It’s heretical, I know, but I’ve never really been able to get on with Agatha Christie. She is, of course, a giant of the genre, but I never feel that she cared a great deal about the characters. Consequently, neither do I.
Mark Billingham
I thought this was the most incredible opportunity. Because ‘Planet Of The Apes,’ aside from the fantasy element of talking apes, is such an amazing franchise, because under the surface of that genre, you’re actually looking at human nature.
Matt Reeves
Romance novels are my favorite books to read. I write young adult romances, and am so happy to be promoting this wonderful genre.
Simone Elkeles
Obscure as still remains the origin of that ‘genre’ of romance to which the tales before us belong, there is little doubt that their models, if not their originals, were once extant at Constantinople.
Joseph Jacobs
I don’t really have a preferred genre. It’s more up to the individual project itself and if I feel compelled by it.
Marco Beltrami
What drives me is exploration with a purpose, more the classic Royal Geographical Society genre.
Robert Ballard
George Jones is country soul. Once this kind of music sits in you and you take it all, it reaches down into your soul. George Jones to me was one of the most soulful singers of any genre. That drew me to his music. He knew how to present a song without really thinking about it.
Patty Loveless
A movie is a certain thing by definition. There’s nothing wrong with knocking out a good genre picture.
David Ayer
Constantly, I’ve been asked to make a sequel to ‘Beckham.’ However, I thought a West End show was the proper way to go. Once we made the show, I wanted to make sure that I embraced the West End genre rather than just put the film on stage.
Gurinder Chadha
I’m a horror movie fan; I’m an avid fan and have been since I was five years old. My father and I watched horror movies, so this is a genre that is very close and very important to me.
Lauren Ashley Carter
I think every writer of detective fiction writing today has been influenced by Mr. Parker. I’m of a generation that followed Robert Parker, and it was impossible to read the genre and not be influenced by him.
Robert Crais
As much as I love the Western genre, I figured if I kept doing those, I’d eventually run out of steam on that, and that would’ve been the end of it.
Clint Eastwood
When someone talks about Western films, you probably think of those old black and white cowboy films your granddad likes. But the Western is a wonderful genre because it is usually a story of a lone hero fighting against corruption in a dangerous world.
Caroline Lawrence
Music is a huge part of my life, I enjoy every genre of music from jazz to country, and I even get down with a bit of hip hop.
Nicole Richie
I’m not saying that the action/science-fiction genre is bad in itself. I make those films. I’m just saying that the studios have put all their cards on black.
Chris Pine
Reality is a genre that seems to be here to stay. I don’t know how many of the new shows will last, but the more competition you have, the harder that pie is to slice up.
Jeff Probst
I didn’t really distinguish between genre and not-genre as a kid, until I made the transition to adult fantasy via Terry Brooks.
Marie Brennan
I’ve always loved what I’d term ‘dark fiction’ writers, everyone from J. G. Ballard to Mervyn Peake and Philip Pullman. I’m not sure it’s a genre, but it’s what I like best.
Christopher Fowler
When I started acting, my whole focus and intention was to work as a stage actor in a company where you’re asked to different roles – do a comedy, do a tragedy, etc. I haven’t had any reservations about jumping from one type of genre to another.
Kyle MacLachlan
After I had written more than a dozen adult genre novels, an editor I knew in New York asked me to write a mystery for young adults.
Rodman Philbrick
Many science fiction writers are literary autodidacts who focus on the genre primarily as a literature of ideas rather than as a pure art form or a tool for the introspective examination of the human condition. I’m not entirely at ease with that self-description.
Charles Stross
I think action, as a genre, is every actor’s dream.
Ali Fazal
Here’s the thing, for me at least: this is a huge genre now. It wasn’t always so. Not so many years ago, it wasn’t so. There is a tremendous diversity in fantasy today.
R. A. Salvatore
My goal isn’t so much genre, or fact-based or not fact-based. I just want to work on projects that I think could be great.
Danny Strong
When ‘American Pie’ happened, I was so lucky to get that opportunity and I just tried to do a good job in that genre. But the films that inspired me as a kid were, like, Malcolm McDowall in ‘A Clockwork Orange.’ He was my hero.
Seann William Scott
Sports movies are a genre that I really respond to, but they can be done really poorly and really fall short. The good ones are just so good and inspiring and make you feel good.
David Walton
I’m glad a genre writer has got a knighthood, but stunned that it was me.
Terry Pratchett
Now that I’m being very successful, publishers are trying to mainstream me, but I’m unabashedly genre. It’s what I like to read, what I like to write.
Laurell K. Hamilton
The ‘Bourne’ films totally reimagined and elevated the action genre.
Riz Ahmed
I really love the movies of Katherine Hepburn, movies like ‘The African Queen.’ I love ‘Midnight Run’ and I suppose, to pick something out of a different genre, I love ‘Aliens.’
Doug Liman
In my books and in romance as a genre, there is a positive, uplifting feeling that leaves the reader with a sense of encouragement and hope for a brighter future – or a brighter present.
Debbie Macomber
Like anything, I think there are some wonderful found f

Like anything, I think there are some wonderful found footage movies, and there are some less good. Certainly when it’s done well, I really love it. I really love it as a genre.
Drew Goddard
On the other side of that coin, and far outweighing it, is the fact that I’ve been able to use genre of Fantasy/Horror and express my opinion, talk a little about society, do a little bit of satire and that’s been great, man. A lot of people don’t have that platform.
George A. Romero
I’m not really devoted or specified towards any specific genre at all. I really like it all. There’s good storytelling in all the genres, you know. I just want to tell good stories and do good work.
Angela Bettis
I enjoy a good movie, no matter what the genre.
Namrata Shirodkar
It’s really not the genre for me, or the venue, it’s the writing.
Kathy Najimy
I am a genre lover – everything from spaghetti western to samurai movie.
Quentin Tarantino
Maybe if I’d studied writing instead of anthropology, I’d be more sensible. You know – pick a genre, follow the rules, stay in the box – but let’s face it. Sensible people don’t major in anthropology.
Mary Doria Russell
There is no winning or losing, but rather the value is in the experience of imagining yourself as a character in whatever genre you’re involved in, whether it’s a fantasy game, the Wild West, secret agents or whatever else. You get to sort of vicariously experience those things.
Gary Gygax
Genre, to me, is not all that important, and it never has been.
Amos Lee
Americans have known about mounting inequality and king-sized Wall Street bonuses for years. But we also had an entire genre of journalism dedicated to brushing the problem off.
Thomas Frank
I’m not as worried about the process of writing, simply because I think I’ve got that one down, you know? I think I know what brings specificity to these ideas, what brings specificity to the genre elements, or anything else, and it’s personal emotions.
Jeff Nichols
I love ‘Koi Aane Ko Hai.’ It is my favourite show because I believe in this genre.
Ekta Kapoor
I was a late bloomer. I was 38 when my first book was out and 43 when my first crime novel was out. I had a story that could only be told as a crime story. I think the genre is good; it deals with the fundamental questions of life and death. The problem is there are too many bad crime stories.
Hakan Nesser
What is pop music? It’s not a genre. It’s just the music that is popular at a given point in time.
Jonas Blue
I’m just trying to give the best human expression that I can to any particular genre, which could be comedy, could be drama, could be horror, could be thriller.
David Harbour
I’ve been a huge fan of all things paranormal my whole life. For me, it was always a question of when, not if, I was going to write a paranormal series. I dipped my toe in the genre by incorporating a mystical curse into the ‘MacCarrick Brothers Trilogy.’
Kresley Cole
I’ve been singing for a really long time and I love a lot of genres, but country just seemed like the best fit. The people in that genre are just so nice and welcoming. And that seemed so appealing. Also my voice fit it and seemed like the way to go.
Sasha Pieterse
The four movies I can remember seeing as a kid were ‘The Elephant Man,’ ‘The Magnificent Seven,’ ‘The Good, The Bad and The Ugly’ and ‘Mad Max!’ Two of those are westerns. So the western genre is emblazoned on my memory from childhood, and those are two great movies.
Casey Affleck
When I first released music, and no one knew what I looked like, I would read comments like: ‘I’ve never heard anything like this before; it’s not in a genre.’ And then my picture came out six months later: now she’s an R&B singer.
FKA twigs
I didn’t grow up a huge fan of the Western genre because there was never a female character to relate to or look up to.
Haley Bennett
It’s weird to see the parallel between ‘Gilmore Girls’ and a lot of the Comic-Con-type, sci-fi-fantasy fans. In a weird way, even though ‘Gilmore Girls’ is not in that genre, the way the fandom conducts itself and has created this community is similar.
Sean Gunn
I always knew I wanted to make movies since I was around eleven. I never thought of it as wanting to do straight-up comedy. Even now, I don’t see things in terms of genre.
Jeff Baena
With parody, you’re referencing and sending up a particular genre, and mostly your material is going to be taken out of that genre.
Marlon Wayans
I want to make my music a genre that people can immediately identify: something that never existed.
Ji-Hae Park
Joe Lansdale is one of the few writers able to write in whatever genre or mode he wants on any particular day. How? He doesn’t ask permission. He just steps in, out-writes everybody in the room.
Stephen Graham Jones
I’m a writer, not a genre.
Carlos Fuentes
There are so few good comedy sequels. The only one in recent memory that’s good is ’22 Jump Street.’ It’s a hard genre.
Nicholas Stoller
I guess there was a little bit of a slight rebellion, maybe a little bit of a renegade desire that made me realize at some point in my adolescence that I really liked pictures that told stories of things – genre paintings, historical paintings – the sort of derivatives we get in contemporary society.
Kara Walker
Nothing surprises me on ‘Happy Endings,’ because the show – I think one of the awesome things about the show is that it’s so open to doing anything. We could do a genre episode. We have the green light to do whatever we want. Mostly because no one’s watching.
Adam Pally
There are people who will always want the genre, whatever it is, to stay traditional, to stay what it was like when you were 15 years old, but I just don’t think music does that. Music is always changing and evolving, just like us as people.
Thomas Rhett
I never got into the horror genre, and action was fine, but I just loved comedy. Any comedy I could get my hands on, I would. I watched ‘Saturday Night Live’ religiously.
Rob Riggle
When this genre of music started in America, Metallica

When this genre of music started in America, Metallica was up north in California, we were in Southern California, Anthrax was on the East Coast. We each developed our own metal music, and after 30 years, we’re still playing our metal music.
Tom Araya
Readers have always read high and low, and to fight that urge is to fight the freedom inherent in the act of reading itself. The only arguments that have any traction, as best as I can see it, are about whether the genre classification of ‘young adult’ should exist at all.
Eliot Schrefer
I discovered the fun of genre is… you get to explore your fears, and you get to use the metaphor of the genre – whether it’s a giant monster or a… 12-year-old vampire. Whatever it is, you can sink something underneath the surface and make a personal film under the guise of great fun romp.
Matt Reeves
Fantasy/science-fiction stories have been around almost as long as each genre, but every hybrid now lives in the shadow of ‘Star Wars.’
Brian K. Vaughan
I think the type of actor I am, I tend to play strong leading female characters. The shows I’ve been on happen to be science fiction genre.
Alaina Huffman
In America, they have specialist mystery book stores with whole sections devoted to cat mysteries, golf mysteries, quilting mysteries. It’s a hugely broad genre from the darkest noir to tales of a 19th-century vet who solves crimes, thanks to his talking cat.
Mark Billingham
I would agree ‘Paul’ is a sci-fi genre movie. And a road movie.
Nick Frost
All writing and publishing is very difficult, regardless of genre. There are going to be obstacles no matter what.
Carrie Vaughn
In my opinion, the most significant works of the twentieth century are those that rise beyond the conceptual tyranny of genre; they are, at the same time, poetry, criticism, narrative, drama, etc.
Juan Goytisolo
When I tried to get ‘Stargate’ made, I took it to every studio in Hollywood and every studio said, ‘Sci-fi is dead. It’s a dead genre. No one wants to see science fiction anymore.’ And I had to go and raise the money independently to make that movie.
Dean Devlin
I just watched so many Westerns as a kid that you end up using archetypes and sort of tropes of that genre, because there’s a language there and you can twist it and turn it on its head or play to it or go sideways at any time.
Gore Verbinski
No, there isn’t a particular type of genre that I’m drawn to. I’m more drawn to the possibility of creating different characters, or being able to go from one genre to the other and to show that I could do it, that I could be good at it.
Freddy Rodriguez
As a music supervisor, you learn to embrace the best of every genre, and I really have to say there’s nothing that I’m embarrassed of.
Alexandra Patsavas
My feeling is that I don’t really care about the genre or the size of the movie. I care about the quality of the writing and the quality of the characters.
Alden Ehrenreich
I have no favourite genre or style but treat each novel with the same care, imagination and craftsmanship. It’s as difficult to write a crime or a children’s novel with a touch of style and grace as it is a literary novel.
Garry Disher
I never set out to be part of a genre, because I listen to all types of music.
Skrillex
It was only through getting interested in more out-there and avant-garde forms that the musical suddenly seemed like such a wonderful genre to me.
Damien Chazelle
People get caught up in recreating something, and that actually hurts the genre of music because there’s nothing new.
Trombone Shorty
I never choose a genre over quality. I never think, ‘I want to do that,’ and sacrifice the fact it might not be very good.
Colin Morgan
A lot of singers find a musical genre people like and stick with it. That’s being a conformist. I sing ballads, rock, salsa, rap.
Thalia
I like westerns, fantasy, sci-fi, graphic novels, thrillers, and I try to avoid the word ‘genre’ altogether. A good book is a good book.
Gillian Flynn
I teach 18- to 21-year-olds – the ‘Harry Potter’ generation. They grew up as voracious readers, reading books in this exploding genre. But at some point, I would love for them to give Umberto Eco or A.S. Byatt a try. I hope ‘A Discovery of Witches’ will serve as a kind of stepping-stone.
Deborah Harkness
I love all types of music, and I think the genre lines are starting to get thinner every year.
Maren Morris
I’ve never been a big horror genre fan, but I did go see ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ in the theaters and I dug it. I thought it was cool.
Jackie Earle Haley
I enjoy turning things on the audience. I really like working in genre because people come into the films with certain expectations. They know the tropes so well that, when you turn on those, it can be shocking because there’s a complacency that comes with watching those films.
Ari Aster
Genre might certainly increase some of your narrative freedoms, but it also diminishes others. That’s the nature of genre.
Junot Diaz
The TV mini-series is kind of a lost genre because the networks have given up on it.
Bonnie Hammer
I don’t often know exactly what’s coming next, and that makes it more fun. And you know, for me, this entire genre is all about that; it’s all about having fun and getting away from the mundane world for just a little while.
R. A. Salvatore
The fantasy genre has so far rather embraced me, and I’m incredibly grateful for that.
Gwendoline Christie
I’m not a big believer in the idea of genre – I’m a fan of any writer who can pull me into compelling characters and stories – but I can’t imagine I’ll start writing domestic dramas any time soon.
Nick Petrie
I vividly remember Charles Bronson’s face in ‘Chino.’ The western genre is screaming for a face like that.
Mads Mikkelsen
I feel so fortunate to have been able to work so much,

I feel so fortunate to have been able to work so much, particularly in the horror-thriller genre, but I would love to be able to do something perhaps a little more dramatic or even a romantic comedy.
Danielle Panabaker
I spent the first part of my career trying to avoid genre because I felt like genre, in some way, was cliche.
David MacKenzie
Texas is really special in that we have our own music scene, our own music chart. It’s almost a genre on its own. It feels like you can make a great living just touring the state because it’s so big, but eventually, I wanted a new challenge.
Maren Morris
People in rock had this idea that rappers aren’t talented. In my opinion we’re better writers, we think deeper, and our concepts are harder – Rap evolves faster than any other genre.
JPEGMAFIA
I didn’t know what the word ‘genre’ meant till I was twenty years old.
Trombone Shorty
The thing that makes a great genre movie is one that’s not just entertainment, not just horror or sci-fi or whatever. The ones I love are the genre pictures with some subversive message underlying it all.
Ethan Hawke
I don’t know if I necessarily fit in the action-thriller genre, but I’d love to do something where I could actually kick some butt and then tell a few jokes. That would be awesome! That would be my dream job.
Kathleen Rose Perkins
I’m not trying to dog any artist or genre, but to me, there is a lot of diversity missing from the radio. I miss turning the radio on and getting punched in the soul with a great lyric.
Maren Morris
It’s like I don’t have any one genre, I guess. I think you’d be hard-pressed to get me into a rom-com, but who knows?
Joe Carnahan
Sometimes I get a little confused because with dancing I can express my emotions with my body. With acting you have to do it with your face and your expressions, and then with animated shows you have to use your voice and use your inflections. So it’s definitely a challenge to transfer from each genre of entertainment.
Alyson Stoner
As for genre, my adult books are usually filed under science fiction / fantasy, although some stores put them into romance, and few have stuck them into horror. I consider all my books a mix of steampunk and urban fantasy.
Gail Carriger
My uncle is from Trinidad, so, ever since I was 7, I grew up listening to Soca, the genre that’s from there. It’s my favorite sound.
Meghan Trainor
Sometimes, going to see one opera is hard because you don’t know the genre. Good opera is like good wine. There are so many varieties, and it helps to inform you about what you like when you see a lot.
Susanna Phillips
My focus is to not focus too much on one genre.
Amanda Seyfried
I absolutely love genre movies. When I was a kid, I was really impacted by genre films and cult classics.
Lucas Till
I’ve done a lot of drama, and comedy was the one genre I was not being offered. So I became obsessive about getting one.
Rachel Weisz
I was familiar with that and ‘Rio Bravo.’ ‘Rio Bravo’ was what John Carpenter did, that brilliant move of taking a western and turning it into an urban flick. And from there you got, you know, all the cop genre movies of the time.
John Leguizamo
You can, I think, have a quiet and steady protagonist and not run the risk of terminal dullness as long as exciting things happen to them and around them, and crime is the ideal genre for making this come about.
Liz Williams
After 9/11, I knew I wanted to write about power and identity and the way Americans on all sides of the political spectrum often mythologize our leaders, which are themes that the superhero genre has always handled really well.
Brian K. Vaughan
I was raised on ‘TRL’ and listened to every genre that sounded good to me, from Sum 41 to Jay Z to Band of Horses to J. Dilla to Deathcab for Cutie to Pharrell.
Jon Bellion
I think most short story writers, at one time or another, over the course of several books, naturally skirt near the edge of one genre or another.
David Means
I mean, there are many other directors who are probably both more skilled and excited to adapt novels or work within certain genre conventions. I’d like to do that kind of work someday, but for better or worse I’m too drawn by my own material.
Todd Solondz
‘Dark Circles’ is a great relationship/character piece and also a horror film. It tinkered with the genre, which I loved. I was sick of seeing the same thing, sick of people just trying to get a movie made.
Johnathon Schaech
There are people who say they want to write novels. They think, ‘I’ll learn my craft on the romance novel.’ If you don’t love the genre, it’s going to show, and it’s not going to be a good book.
Julia Quinn
When I was writing for children, I was writing genre fiction. It was like making a good chair. However beautiful it looked, it needed four legs of the same length, it had to be the right height and it had to be comfortable.
Mark Haddon
I have so much respect for the genre of country music and for all the greats that have been a part of it. I’m a country singer, I’m a country fan, and I’m a student of country music.
Dierks Bentley
I listen to the Mars Volta and Fiona Apple every day. I feel if you do write music, you write what you listen to, and you couldn’t possibly write in another genre. So those are the two that I usually use.
Christian Serratos
Horror is so often a ‘thinkless’ genre, sort of considered popcorn movies, but you really put a lot of, not just heart and soul, but a lot of physical energy into it.
Fran Kranz
Our fathers were actually business partners in the same real-estate firm, and we got together and thought, How can we get a movie together and get distribution and create a new movie genre? We started by making satires of commercials.
David Zucker
A romance novel is more than just a story in which two people fall in love. It’s a very specific form of genre fiction. Not every story with a horse and a ranch in it is a Western; not every story with a murder in it is a mystery; and not every book that includes a love story can be classified as a romance novel.
Leigh Michaels
Struggling writers are often advised to pick a simple genre, but it doesn’t work that way.
Alan Furst
Since my father is a musician as well, he taught me gro

Since my father is a musician as well, he taught me growing up that if you can play jazz, you can learn all instruments and write on them. He wanted me to be a songwriter that can do anything in any genre. I’m all about doing every genre.
Meghan Trainor
A good ground rule for writing in any genre is, start with a form, then undermine its confidence in itself. Ask what it’s afraid of, what it’s trying to hide – then write that.
M. John Harrison
My goal is, no matter what genre or story, I’ll find a personal angle. It doesn’t have to be autobiographical, or specifically Asian-American. It has to explore a burning question that I have.
Lulu Wang
I love the science-fiction genre because there’s always so many endless possibilities! It’s a limitless genre and can be fun playing around with otherworldly ideas.
Laura Mennell
I’m not necessarily a fan of horror genre of movies or books.
Hidetaka Miyazaki
I do try not to spend much time reading in the suspense genre.
Thomas Perry
The majority of the time, we try to hire the best people that we can get just to make the best films, and I think that’s something that Pure Flix has been known for the movies we produce on the budgets that we do… our production values have elevated this genre.
David A. R. White
As a genre, the noir of post-World War II was based on characters who were weak or repellent, bound to let down us and themselves.
Steve Erickson
I think that hip-hop has done what it was supposed to have done, which is it defied all the laws of what is statistically a music genre and what statistically is not a music genre. Because it wasn’t supposed to be here.
Monie Love
I like the Western genre, I think it’s uniquely American.
Keith Carradine
My first horror film was – well, I don’t know. ‘Bless the Child’ is sort of genre, but ‘May’ was such a cult hit that after that, I just started getting offers for horror. I think I got a little bit pigeonholed in it right off of ‘May’ because there was just such a large response to that film.
Angela Bettis
I really want to do film, but I want to do the right film. The truth for me is that I’m really driven by stories. So there are stories I want to tell, and if it’s a good story then I want to do it, whatever genre it is.
Condola Rashad
Adaptability is crucial to working on Glee because every day is adapting to something. Because we’re doing a different genre of music, doing a different type of scene with a different scene partner, recording and dance rehearsals… no day is like another.
Kevin McHale
Fantasy is a demanding genre.
Tony Bradman
When I applied for grad school, I did not specify genre. I said I wanted an MFA in Creative Writing. I was so cute and stupid! The admissions committee at Pitt decided to put me in poetry.
Terrance Hayes
As an actor, the ambition is to play interesting characters. And in the indie genre world, the budgets are low. That allows me, as an actor, not to have a financial value behind my name, to justify me being in these bigger parts for these types of movies.
A. J. Bowen
What I truly get excited about is not the genre of a movie or the size of a part – it’s character. I like to find characters.
William Fichtner
I really enjoy working in genre series, because you really have to create the characters.
J. August Richards
‘The 5th Wave’ is sci-fi, but I tried very hard to ground the story in very human terms and in those universal themes that transcend genre. How do we define ourselves? What, exactly, does it mean to be human? What remains after everything we trust, everything we believe in and rely upon, has been stripped away?
Rick Yancey
I’ve been singing one kind of genre for a long time but have always tried to push to new auras about picking new songs or the same kind of genre but trying to sing it differently, treating it differently.
Arijit Singh
I’m not a great reader of historical fiction; it’s not my favourite genre.
Mal Peet
All great works of literature either dissolve a genre or invent one.
Charles J. Shields
My favourite genre lies inside myself, and as I follow my favourite stories, characters and images, it sums up to a certain genre. So at times even I have to try to guess which genre a film will be after I’ve made it.
Bong Joon-ho
Many of the writers who have inspired me most are outside the genre: Humorists like Robert Benchley and James Thurber, screenwriters like Ben Hecht and William Goldman, and journalists/columnists like H.L. Mencken, Mike Royko and Molly Ivins.
John Scalzi
I care about women’s rights and reproductive rights and my gay friends being able to keep their marriages official. You don’t want your genre to disown you for it – and I don’t think they would now – but you still see that sort of hatred and vitriol that comes with disagreeing with the conservative agenda.
Maren Morris
There are only so many stories in the world… Duplication of plots is bound to happen because most writers have read very extensively in their genre and have become aware they are adding an extra layer to the meta-narrative, finding a new spin on the original.
Kerry Greenwood
The thriller is the most popular literary genre of the 20th century.
Ken Follett
Gimmicks come and go; the cop show seems one genre that will never leave – not as long as people like to sit at home in the suburbs and see what awful things go on in the cities.
Tom Shales
In horror, character development is often pushed aside in favor of the shock value. The best genre movies to me are movies like The Shining. You had a connection to the characters in that film.
Joshua Leonard
I don’t mean that literary fiction is better than genre fiction, On the contrary; novels can perform two functions and most perform only one.
Mark Haddon
We knew that there was a certain kind of interest in Whale among a genre crowd.
Bill Condon
Y.A. wasn't really a specific genre when I was fifteen,

Y.A. wasn’t really a specific genre when I was fifteen, but if it was, I would probably have shunned it; I was a huge snob.
Kathe Koja
‘Black film,’ that term allows studios to just marginalize a movie and say, ‘We’ve made our black film. We’ve made our film with people of color in it,’ as opposed to, ‘I just feel like people of color should be in every genre.’
Gina Prince-Bythewood
I think I’m part of a generation of crime writers all of whom woke up independently and recoiled with horror at the fact that we’d chosen this very conservative genre.
Laura Lippman
Really interesting genre films, especially monster movies, evoke the fears of the times intentionally. Our starting point was ‘Godzilla’ – the original movie was released less than 10 years after Hiroshima, and it’s a classic in Japan.
Matt Reeves
I love bossa nova. It’s the most beautiful genre of music in the world.
Camila Mendes
For me, great music doesn’t just have to fall into one category or one genre and I love appreciating all kinds of music.
Taylor Swift
Scottish writers are particularly successful in the crime genre.
Sara Sheridan
Readers respond to every genre intensely, if it’s a genre that appeals to them. Again, who can say why anyone enjoys horror and dark fantasy? If I can’t answer the question for myself, I wouldn’t dream of trying to answer it for others.
Laurell K. Hamilton
To me, ‘Unforgiven’ is one of the best films ever made. Aside from the fact it takes the genre and kicks it between its legs, it’s this fascinating deconstruction of the myth of the West.
Taylor Sheridan
It is no surprise that animation is Hollywood’s most successful and innovative genre.
Dwayne Johnson
Autobiography is a genre notorious for falsehood.
Robert Pinsky
I think when romantic comedies are done well, it’s a great genre. ‘When Harry Met Sally’ is kind of a benchmark for me, but I’m very happy to admit that I love ‘Pretty Woman.’ I do! It’s a great film, and so is ‘Sixteen Candles.’ I was a big John Hughes fan – still am. I have moments where I have to watch a Hughes film.
Jamie Dornan
I have no problem with television as a genre.
James Purefoy
At its core, ‘Heroes’ is an ensemble character drama with genre elements.
Masi Oka
I think if I did do something in another genre, it would be science fiction; I’m a big sci fi nerd.
Allen Covert
The coming-of-age story has sort of become a joke. It’s something to capitalize on, and that is painful because when you are coming of age – when you are going through something like that – the genre is so meaningful.
Mae Whitman
When I first put out music, people didn’t know what I looked like. They called it a new type of something; they couldn’t put a genre on it – it was where indie and urban kind of meet in the middle. I thought that was quite exciting.
FKA twigs
I want to try something in the genre of rock. I think it will come out great because our members are pretty charismatic.
Jin
One of the mistakes I made was believing that the rock n’ roll genre as a genre was much more free than the whole pop or R&B scene.
Joan Jett
The action-movie genre is a very difficult one to get satiated in terms of your acting bits.
Jason Statham
Not a lot of people get a second chance. And I think for a while there, my name kind of got in my way a bit, based on all of the television I was fortunate enough to do. But after a while, you sort of wear out your welcome in that genre, in that medium.
Jason Bateman
I first started writing historical fiction in the late ’70s and kept pictures of Kathleen Woodiwiss and Rosemary Rogers on my refrigerator until my first book was published by Avon in 1982. The biggest advantage of this genre for me is that it allows me to blend fact and fiction.
Virginia Henley
The horror genre gets you in touch with our primal instincts as a people more than any other genre I can think of. It gives you this chance to sort of reflect on who we are and look at the sort of uglier side that we don’t always look at, and have fun with that very thing.
Drew Goddard
Not enough books focus on how a culture responds to radically new ideas or discovery. Especially in the biography genre, they tend to focus on all the sordid details in the life of the person who made the discovery. I find this path to be voyeuristic but not enlightening.
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Composing is what I love most from what I do. Each genre has a unique expression that you cannot supplant with another. All the records co-inspire each other though they are not tied conceptually in any way to another.
Serj Tankian
The beauty of the horror genre is that you can smuggle in these harder stories, and the genre comes with certain demands, but mostly you need to find the catharsis in whatever story you’re telling. What may be seen as a deterrent for audiences in one genre suddenly becomes a virtue in another genre.
Ari Aster
I get very frustrated by this term ‘genre exercise.’ I mean, what exactly is that? Genre is not really relevant when you are writing a song; hopefully you are doing it to explore something, to create something, and I don’t agree that any of my albums are genre exercises.
Elvis Costello
I spent the first twenty years of my writing career preparing for the mystery genre, which is my favorite literary form.
Sue Grafton
I love the Country Music Hall of Fame. I don’t think it’s just a hall of fame and it’s not just a museum. It’s a schoolhouse. It’s a place where people from all across the world can come and learn about this great genre that we’re making a living out of.
Josh Turner
I really love music that’s on the periphery of not fitting into a clear genre. I felt like I was constantly being described as something I didn’t really feel like I identified with.
Kathleen Edwards
Genre is a bookstore problem, not a literary problem.
Rick Moody
But the action film genre is gonna have to come up with

But the action film genre is gonna have to come up with some new bad guys.
Bruce Willis
I come from a mixed family, where my mother is art house cinema and my father is B-movie genre cinema. They’re estranged, and I’ve been trying to bring them together for all of my career to one degree or another.
Quentin Tarantino
I think I’m sort of blind to genre. As long as it has a sort of honesty about it, which I think you’ll hear in whatever music you respond to, then I think it doesn’t need to be called anything particularly.
Lianne La Havas
The people who are writing online and the people in my genre of creative non-fiction exert a great deal more freedom that journalists are allowed to exert in their day-to-day work.
Lee Gutkind
I love the spy genre.
Chris Pine
As a solo artist, it’s so easy to be lumped into a singer / songwriter genre and writing sleepy, sad songs that are very emotionally rich that mean a lot to you, and people just get kind of tired.
Anderson East
There are huge divorces and divides and chasms in black America between the have-gots and the have-nots, between the monied and the poor, between the educated and the non-educated. And there are huge and growing chasms daily. And I want to say that it’s not simply about generation. It’s about genre.
Michael Eric Dyson
I love rom-coms, and I was bummed that they sort of stopped making them around the time I was old enough to be in them. But at the same time, I so respected the fact that the genre kind of needed an update. But you know, even when rom-coms were at their hey-day, very few people did it at the level of Nancy Meyers.
Anne Hathaway
There’s not a single genre that is hard to find or hard to get.
Billy Gibbons
But when I hear a great song, I can’t help but be inspired by it, regardless of whatever genre that song falls under.
Taylor Swift
When I was writing for children, I was writing genre fiction. It was like making a good chair. It needed four legs of the same length, it had to be the right height and it had to be comfortable.
Mark Haddon
The horror genre is vast and full of brilliance. Stephen King, Shirley Jackson, Herman Melville, the book of Esther. I’ll happily join that list.
Victor LaValle
I also love the zombie genre, my zombie fandom going way back to ‘Night of the Living Dead.’ And ‘The Walking Dead’ is truly the ultimate representation of that sensibility in the comic book genre.
Gale Anne Hurd
I love film, any kind of genre.
Rinko Kikuchi
I don’t look at myself as a Scream Queen, and I don’t plan on continuing on this genre route. If anything, I want to go very different places.
Maika Monroe
I just love where I am right now in my career. I love country music. I don’t ever feel restricted by the genre. I’ve been able to have a solid career that we’ve built one step at a time and a family. I know that I’m in a good place.
Martina McBride
As long as there’s really good actors that use their clout to support fringe films, whatever genre it is, they’ll still get made.
John Curran
I feel like now is great time for a rom-com because the genre is sort of being opened up to being told by people that look different from each other or who have different orientations.
Jessica Williams
My goal is definitely to direct features – action movies, that’s my favorite genre. So I would love to do the ‘Halo’ movie.
Aisha Tyler
It’s very difficult to make comedy work; I think it’s a very underrated genre.
Andrew Scott
Hip-hop is a beautiful thing. I think that the music genre itself has created more millionaires than any other music genre before it, especially in our community.
Steve Harvey
Consciously picking the right script after a long period of wait helped me grab a perfect film in the rom-com genre.
Yami Gautam
The appeal of the Golden Age heroes for me is their simplicity, even their naivety – they represent the fundamental building blocks of the whole superhero genre, whether it’s a ‘super’ man able to lift cars, or a vigilante who terrorises criminals at night like Batman.
Adam Christopher
The biggest thing about me, as an actor, is I’m never a finished product, you know? I always want to try something or be in a new genre because, one, it’s much more fun to do that because you’re not doing the same thing over and over.
Aneurin Barnard
With a genre like film noir, everyone has these assumptions and expectations. And once all of those things are in place, that’s when you can really start to twist it about and mess around with it.
Lana Wachowski
I love the paranormal, because there, every genre I write can become one beacon for my imagination.
Leslie Banks
When you’re talking about Tim Burton, you’re talking about a guy that has such a visual sense, an aesthetic, a storytelling style. It’s like he’s got his own genre.
Jackie Earle Haley
By the time I was 10 or 12, I had discovered the lure of the romance genre – and the dusty copy of ‘The Thorn Birds’ on my parents’ bookshelf.
Sarah MacLean
Sometimes, the action genre does get stale. Although I want to go back and see my favorite characters in their tentpoles – and will religiously do that – it’s really fun to see breakout ideas and concepts. Let’s make some new stories.
David Leitch
In ages past, there was less of a dichotomy between good literature and fun reads. In the twentieth century, I think, it split apart, so that you had serious fiction and genre fiction.
Ruth Glick
I’ve really loved steampunk for a long time, ever since ‘Wild Wild West,’ and it’s always been a genre and an era that’s fascinated me. But so often it’s set in England, and that doesn’t really resonate with me, or maybe it just seems a little overdone.
M. K. Hobson
I've kind of always had this balance between genre and

I’ve kind of always had this balance between genre and personal dramas. It almost feels like the two help each other. If I was just to make a genre film, maybe it would be hollow and soulless. If I was just to make a personal drama, maybe it would be melodramatic and nobody would ever go see it.
Jeff Nichols
I was always interested in trying to find how different genres would affect the lyrics that I’d written. Salsa is where most of my songs have been recorded, the genre of salsa. It’s very frenetic, fast-paced. And I felt that the lyrics sometimes were being lost.
Ruben Blades
I don’t like to classify my own tracks as a genre.
Kygo
I went to NYU thinking I was going to make a ‘Die Hard’ sequel, or maybe action and genre films for the studios, but I ended up falling in love with personal cinema.
Sean Baker
The cool thing for me is, I go to a lot of conventions – a lot of science fiction conventions like Comic-Con – and there are always a lot of attendants of color. And I think some people believe that black people or people of color are not into science fiction or hero shows or genre shows.
J. August Richards
If I spent my time wondering about what genre I wanted to be in or where I was on the charts, I wouldn’t be able to write these kinds of song. I’d be too busy doing other things.
Jason Isbell
It’s a cyclical thing. When they make one, everyone loves them. Different genres come around in succession. People always welcome the western. It’s America’s genre.
Robert Duvall
I’ve done a lot of sci-fi, so I was a little hesitant because you get pigeonholed into that genre and world. But at the same time, I love sci-fi because the women are so strong and independent and smart.
Laura Vandervoort
I look at a film as just a film; language doesn’t really matter. I just don’t want to limit myself to a particular language, genre or medium.
Shriya Pilgaonkar
The action genre is not always the most synonymous with character development.
Eric Dane
In the old days, a TV sync was perceived as not so cool or whittling away at your indie cred. Now it’s seen as much more of an opportunity than a sellout, as a way to find fans who wouldn’t have ordinarily come across their genre of music.
Alexandra Patsavas
I like the idea of trying to write a book in every genre.
China Mieville
I feel quite sad for the young musicians coming up because they may never get to pay their rent properly. It doesn’t matter what the genre; nowadays, it’s so much harder than it ever was.
Bryan Adams
I was a big Jay Leno fan, so I was sorry to see him go. But my number one person that I watch, she’s not late night, but in terms of the comedian genre, is Ellen DeGeneres – love her.
Megyn Kelly
It’s almost like a genre rule: Don’t Open The Box.
Joel Coen
Action-adventure, that genre, only works for me if you can care about the characters. If the hero’s not taking some kind of a journey, then there are no stakes – and no stakes, then you don’t care if he lives or dies, wins or loses.
Brandon Lee
It’s difficult to do a genre film well, and it doesn’t matter if you’re talking vampire movies or ‘Dawn of the Dead’ or ‘The Thing’ or ‘Escape From New York.’ Those kind of movies, they understand what the old-school B-movie is supposed to be, they get the throwback of it.
Ethan Hawke
Great music is great music. It doesn’t matter what genre it belongs.
Stjepan Hauser
A lot of people are surprised by my love of heavy metal. I fell in love with heavy metal almost before any other genre. One of the first concerts I went to was a Donnington Monsters Of Rock concert.
Jamie Cullum
Jim Rollins is the king of the weird science action genre.
Jonathan Maberry
I was a ‘young adult’ when I wrote ‘The Outsiders,’ although it was not a genre at the time. It’s an interesting time of life to write about, when your ideals get slammed up against reality, and you must compromise.
S. E. Hinton
I love OneRepublic, The Script, All Time Low. I love pretty much every genre. I love the Rolling Stones and Elvis.
Ross Lynch
We have a history in country music of writing about the darker side of things – maybe not as much in modern times, but there’s a lot of cheating and self-deprecation. We sort it out in song, in country music, as a genre.
Chris Stapleton
I think, in Japan, animation isn’t relegated to being a genre unto itself. It’s just a medium by which you can tell any number of stories, be it horror or action or adventure or drama or whatever, and we’re trying to do that as well. Every film that you go see from Pixar, we’re hoping is a little bit of a surprise.
Pete Docter
I just grew up watching a lot of movies. I’m attracted to this genre and that genre, this type of story, and that type of story. As I watch movies I make some version of it in my head that isn’t quite what I’m seeing – taking the things I like and mixing them with stuff I’ve never seen before.
Quentin Tarantino
Rawn did her own thing in her own way. She cast the female gaze on a genre heavy with all-male quest fellowships, trophy females, and the occasional Smurfette. Her world was male-dominated and highly patriarchal, but she populated it with notable numbers of well-drawn female characters.
Judith Tarr
I am really happy that even though I am stuck in the comedy genre I have not been typecast. I am still getting to experiment a lot with my characters, which is a boon.
Neha Pendse
For a genre that’s about looking to the future, science fiction has sure been looking backwards lately. Nostalgia is what sells best, with readers spending their money on movie tie-in novels and sequels to long-running series.
Nick Sagan
The horror genre is not my favorite. I think it’s fun, there’s a great place for it and I get a kick out of it, but some stuff I’m too old for. You can’t just take 10 guys and stick them in a cabin and off them one at a time – I’m not vested.
Jackie Earle Haley
I was not really aware of the dystopian genre before I read ‘The Handmaid’s Tale.’ Many poets as well, like John Donne and Emily Dickinson, would be the influences; I specialized in Emily Dickinson at university. Both of those poets have really interesting ways of looking at life and death.
Samantha Shannon
Animation is a technique, not a genre.
Gore Verbinski
I think mystery writers and thriller writers - whatever

I think mystery writers and thriller writers – whatever genre you want to call it – are taking on some of the biggest, most interesting kind of socioeconomic issues around in a really interesting, compelling way.
Gillian Flynn
I don’t have a favorite genre. I love to work and live vicariously through every character. It’s all about trying to bring the character to life and get the story across in a way that resonates with the audience. It’s always interesting and challenging in a gratifying and unique way.
Catherine Mary Stewart
Honestly, I had a kid, so you watch the movies your kids want to watch. I’m also a producer, so when I watch movies, I look at them from the genre they are, the budget they had, and the time they had to produce it. That’s how I evaluate their success.
Courtney Gains
I love Florida Georgia Line. I love ‘Round Here.’ So if a fan wants to listen to that, and if a fan that wasn’t listening to country music before is listening to ‘Cruise’ on Pandora, and after that a song by George Jones comes on, they may have never heard George Jones before. I think it’s a good thing for the genre.
Scotty McCreery
I’d love to do a cop film in America. That’s a genre I absolutely adore.
Danny Boyle
I wanna be an artist on the whole; I don’t wanna be within a genre.
Yungblud
I don’t like rock. Honestly, I like to listen to it, but it’s not for me. There’s a lot of musical genres that I find interesting, but they don’t suit me. It’s one thing to listen to different genres, but to perform a genre that isn’t yours is counterproductive.
Luis Miguel
To break R&B into subcategories does a disservice to the music. I like to live in a zone where I can do whatever I want, where I don’t have to worry about genre.
Tinashe
We’ve taken Japan’s ‘idol’ music genre of pretty girls singing and dancing and added ‘kawaii metal,’ which is totally new.
Suzuka Nakamoto
Limitations are something that I latch onto – like working in genre, or if you’re writing TV, there are act breaks, there’s a length of time it’s supposed to be. The restrictions of budget and sets can be really useful. When you can have everything, it’s very hard to make things feel real and lived in.
Joss Whedon
Being black, Latino, or Asian is not a genre. Romantic comedies, thrillers, action – those are genres. I think there’s a lot of people who want to have the conversation. I don’t think people are afraid of it, I just think it’s the time to have that conversation. Race is not a genre.
Mara Brock Akil
If I love the character, then that’s all that matters to me. It doesn’t really matter what genre it is.
Olivia Cooke
I don’t really feel the loyalty to any particular genre. To be completely honest, I’m an R&B singer because I’m black and I sing.
Brent Faiyaz
My music is not a particular genre. It’s not bubblegum or cheese. It’s just good songs, pop songs. It’s just my songs.
Eliza Doolittle
I think it’s not only Babymetal’s sound but also the fact that we dance to metal that represents a new way of expressing this genre of music.
Moa Kikuchi
People are surprised when they realise that I have sung ‘Tinku Jiya’ as they felt it was not my genre. As a musician, till the time I don’t try something, I don’t refuse it. I like challenging jobs.
Javed Ali
If we think about what mystery entails as a genre, certainly a big part of it is a resolution.
Matthew Pearl
If ‘Castlevania’ wasn’t created next to me, and Capcom didn’t release ‘Ghouls n’ Goblins,’ then maybe there wouldn’t be any ‘Metal Gear,’ and I would have created a horror action game, because I really like that genre.
Hideo Kojima
There’s a thing with genre movies and science fiction movies that number two is the charmed; two seems to be the best. I loved ‘Terminator 2.’
Dave Gibbons
You don’t want to play the same roles or do the same genre.
Luke Evans
Most of my fans, if you were to look on their iPods, you’d see every possible genre of music represented in some capacity.
Taylor Swift
I love horror movies in space. I love it when the genre switches over and what was sci-fi becomes horror.
Kirk Hammett
Anyone who says, ‘Books don’t change anything,’ or – more commonly – that crime fiction is the wrong genre for promoting social change – should take a closer look.
Andrew Vachss
Lord of the Rings is a good thing for us because it opened the door for the genre in general. Le Guin’s stories are very different from Lord of the Rings.
Shawn Ashmore
World War II was a historical event, but also a movie genre, and ‘Fury’ occasionally prints the legend. The rest of it is plenty grim and grisly. Audience members may feel like prisoners of war forced to watch a training-torture film.
Richard Corliss
Thomas Pynchon surely inaugurated or crystallized a new genre in 1963 when he published ‘V.’ The seriocomic mystery or thriller with one foot set in the present and one in various historical eras received its postmodern baptism from Pynchon.
Paul Di Filippo
When you get to the point where you’re established enough that people link you with something, especially being an action hero babe, it’s awesome. Because then you can fight the battles and have the crossbows and wrestle with swords and ride the horses because you’re already believable; people see you in that genre.
Rachel Nichols
I think the key to a great romcom is to not fight against the genre. The trend more recently has been to apologise or be snarky, so it’s an anti-romcom. Just lean in and embrace the fact it’s a love story, and it’s funny, and it’s light. It can still be uber-smart and deal with zeitgeist issues.
Lake Bell
When aspiring writers ask me about how they should target their writing, I tell them to pay no attention to that kind of thing. It will restrict you. You will end up falling into stereotypes in an effort to tailor your work toward a perceived genre category.
Carrie Vaughn
I’ve definitely received a lot of support in Nashville; it’s a huge music town. I like country music. Like any genre I’m largely unfamiliar with, there are elements I really enjoy and elements that go over my head.
Hozier
Adapted from the novel by L. Ron Hubbard, who cranked out sci-fi pulp by the cubic ton, ‘Battlefield Earth’ has the musty feel of the days when the genre’s highlight was Flash Gordon.
Elvis Mitchell
As a musician, I look for certain things that stimulate

As a musician, I look for certain things that stimulate me. And what I look for is something that’s an evolution on a particular genre that I never heard before.
Steve Vai
I’m not staying away from any genre. I’m trying to get scripts that I like.
Emile Hirsch
I don’t like to label films with a genre.
Tom Felton
I don’t really consider my music anything other than ‘moody.’ I don’t know if that’s a genre.
Aimee Osbourne
I loved going to superhero films growing up – you come home, and you pretend to be those people, and it ends up informing much of what you aspire to be. And that’s what I will say is important about the genre.
Mahershala Ali
People say you’re trapped in this genre. You’re a horror guy. I say wait a minute – I’m able to say exactly what I think. I’m able to talk about, comment about, take snapshots of what’s going on at the time. I don’t feel trapped. I feel like this is my way of being able to express myself.
George A. Romero
Coming from ‘V’ into ‘Homeland’ was a really big change and the best gift as an actor you can get – which is to transform so drastically from one genre to the next, from lizard to human being!
Morena Baccarin
You put funny people in funny costumes and paint them green and we could talk about anything we wanted to, because that was the only thing that fascinated Gene about this particular genre.
Majel Barrett
I never thought that I would be creating my own ‘cross-over’ genre. What I did was very real and organic. I have worked in so many different styles so it all just came together.
Sarah Brightman
A Bond movie falls into a specific genre, and you have to provide certain elements. You must respect the fact it’s essentially about girls, guns, gadgets, and big action.
Lee Tamahori
The biggest challenge of my career, which is something that authors of genre fiction face all the time, is writing something fresh and new and at the same time meeting reader expectations.
Julia Quinn
I do have a small collection of traditional SF ideas which I’ve never been able to sell. I’m known as a fantasy writer and neither my agent nor my editors want to risk my brand by jumping genre.
Lynn Abbey
We don’t want to box ourselves within any type of genre, you know? Whatever feels good, if it moves us and we like it, we get on it and make it our own. That’s what we do.
Rozonda Thomas
‘Insidious 2’ is a direct continuation of the first movie. We literally pick up from where we left off at the end of the first film. And whereas the first movie is a twist on the haunted house genre, the second movie is a twist on the classic domestic thriller.
James Wan
I’m a country girl at heart. I think an old-school Western would kind of be really up my alley and would be so fun. I’m so comfortable in that genre and around horses.
Kaley Cuoco
Australian genre films were a lot of fun because they were legitimate genre movies. They were real genre films, and they dealt, in a way like the Italians did, with the excess of genre, and that has been an influence on me.
Quentin Tarantino
If one horror film hits, everyone says, ‘Let’s go make a horror film.’ It’s the genre that never dies.
George A. Romero
Genre boundaries are good for marketing but they all but disappear when you’re a player.
Esperanza Spalding
Thrillers provide the reader with a safe escape into a dangerous world where the stakes are as high as can be imagined with unpredictable outcomes. It’s a perfect genre in which to explore hard issues of good and evil, a mirror that allows the reader to see both the good and not so good in themselves.
Ted Dekker
The Holocaust movie is almost a genre in itself these days.
Viggo Mortensen
I’ve never really been a genre fan. I never grew up reading comic books or was a horror buff.
Chad Lindberg
I leave the genre labeling to other people. I really do. If I were to think too hard about it, that would stifle you creatively. If you think too hard about who other people want you to be as an artist, it stops you from being who you want to be as an artist.
Taylor Swift
Usually with this genre the first thing that happens is a good fight sequence to show that you’re in good hands. So we broke that rule. I think a lot of that comes from the western audience.
Ang Lee
After college, I went on a real big classics kick. Read everything by Faulkner, Hemingway, Woolf, Proust, Dostoevsky. And that classics train dropped me off at ‘Dracula.’ Halfway through it, I understood I’d never be going back, never ‘leaving’ the genre again. Since then, I’ve been on a fairly strict horror diet.
Josh Malerman
What I’m trying to do is break the genre from what is rap and what is music.
Wyclef Jean
I am a fan of the monster and horror genre but that’s not my style as a director.
Bong Joon-ho
The first half of my TV career, I didn’t do any genre at all.
Marc Guggenheim
I think there have been more movies in the Western genre than any other. I grew up watching those movies.
Tom Selleck
We were kind of caught up in the genre trap. We didn’t really have a lot of artistic freedom. They wanted us to go into a certain direction, so they could promote us easier.
Mark McGrath
I think there’s only one reason to write in any genre or to any particular age group: You are called to it. You think it’d be fun.
Greg van Eekhout
If something comes along that is totally outside of horror, fine, but I find there’s an immense amount of freedom within the genre.
Wes Craven
The problem is that I work in more than one genre. It's

The problem is that I work in more than one genre. It’s impossible for me to aim for a single one because, for me, comedy is mixed with tragedy. That’s very Spanish, the way in which comedy and tragedy are inextricable from each other.
Pedro Almodovar
There is a renaissance of really great genre entertainment happening. But it’s become incredibly audience-specific.
Dean Devlin
What interests me about genre is that the public connects immediately with it, it has certain rules, certain codes the audience recognizes. I can use that to create something very big.
Jacques Audiard
What scares me is what scares you. We’re all afraid of the same things. That’s why horror is such a powerful genre. All you have to do is ask yourself what frightens you and you’ll know what frightens me.
John Carpenter
From now on, I approach the cinema as a business woman. I intend to be in more action movies because, apart from Angelina Jolie, no other actress stands out in this genre.
Milla Jovovich
The great thing I like about the sci-fi genre is there’s a lot of different latitude for a lot of different kinds of behavior. You can be a very larger-than-life villain, or a very naturalistic villain, and all of it seems to fit.
Mark Pellegrino
The question I ask myself is: have I really just become a squeamish middle-aged man, or has something happened to the horror genre that shows a growing appetite for watching torture, or at least a desire to explore it on film? And if so, why would that be? I can’t pretend I know. I just know I don’t like it.
Mark Gatiss
I’ll always be reading a good book. I don’t have, like, specific genre tastes or anything or things that I kind of get hooked on, reading genre books or anything like that. It’s just really anything anyone kind of recommends or is going around or I hear is good.
Dylan O’Brien
‘Never Die Alone’ is primarily a riveting genre film that neatly exhibits the director’s growing assurance – Donald Goines would be proud.
Elvis Mitchell
I think the biggest way of connecting with people is through your music and kind of saying what you want to say as an artist. And hopefully, you’re making something that someone’s going to be like, ‘This is my favorite song.’ That’s always your goal, I think, anybody in any genre.
Chris Young
There is good and mediocre writing within every genre.
Margaret Atwood
I do like the zombie movies quite a bit. I know there are purist zombie guys that don’t like the running zombies, but I dig the infected thing. I think that’s a scarier incorporation of an element into the genre.
Mark Pellegrino
I’ve never been very attached to genre labels and never set out intentionally to write historic fiction. Besides, what you consider historic depends on how far back your memory extends.
Charles Frazier
I’ve mis-signed many a book Rollins or Clemens. My readers quickly become aware. Booksellers will often promote me under both names, and I do plug both at signings. Generally, the fantasy reader has no problem going into the suspense genre. It’s harder for the typical suspense reader to go the other direction.
James Rollins
It’s perceived as an accolade to be published as a ‘literary’ writer, but, actually, it’s pompous and it’s fake. Literary fiction is often nothing more than a genre in itself.
Neil Cross
I feel grateful for the Puerto Ricans who created this genre that has inspired me to have such a beautiful career. Reggaeton has allowed me to continue evolving and growing musically, and I have been able to make it mine as well.
Maluma
I was very aware of the fact we were so out of fashion when I shot ‘Chicago.’ And I was trepidatious as to whether it would be seen or embraced by anybody, but I’ve never stopped believing in the genre. There’s nothing like it. It’s American-born.
Rob Marshall
As a viewer, I never want any movie ruined for me, no matter what the genre is.
Drew Goddard
I’m not loyal to one genre. I want to mix it up.
Benedict Cumberbatch
The thought about changing my genre of music does cross my mind, but then I remember why I started making music in the first place or why people started liking my kind of music.
Badshah
I tend to fall more into the fun horror genre than the traumatic horror genre. I love the films where you’re laughing as much as screaming, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like the other ones.
Drew Goddard
I am a sinner. This is the most accurate definition. It is not a figure of speech, a literary genre. I am a sinner.
Pope Francis
I think romantic comedy, when done right, is my favorite genre. It’s just a genre that’s very human.
Lena Dunham
Before novels written by women were relegated to their own ‘genre,’ I was introduced to Jane Smiley by a dear professor who raised my awareness of what female authors were bringing to the table of contemporary fiction.
Emma McLaughlin
There are two ways to write a werewolf novel – you can examine the genre conventions, or you can say, ‘What would it be like if I were a werewolf?’
Glen Duncan
I never excluded any genre on my first record.
Deana Carter
I think that a band that cannot limit themselves to one genre and can kind of do a lot of different things.
Brendon Urie
I’ve never been a particular fan of any genre.
Jewel Staite
It’s really cool when, in every genre of music, you can listen to a song and know what era it was from.
Kelsea Ballerini
I appreciate what others have done in the past especially for my genre, and my style of singing. And they sure put a footprint – you know, they got the foot in the door, but I’m going to put my foot straight through the door.
James Durbin
I really don’t know what it’s like in ‘Twilight,’ but I know in the young-adult genre, there are these cold, aloof guys. If you start thinking that’s the ideal guy when you’re 13, by the time you’re 25, you’re going to have had some seriously bad relationships.
Alden Ehrenreich
I really liked the script of 'Alone.' I thought there w

I really liked the script of ‘Alone.’ I thought there were a lot unexpected things in the film, which I would want to watch as a viewer. I did not think like I was doing a horror film; I did not think in terms of genre. I decided on the basis of the script.
Karan Singh Grover
The biggest question I have is if you’re a rock singer or a rock ‘n’ roll band, or if you’re a pop singer… if you’ve made your way in another genre of music and now you want to make a country record, why? That’s my question. Why?
Joe Nichols
I like zombie movies, and I like genre movies a lot. To watch. Less so to make, I think. But I grew up on that stuff. I would just grow up watching a lot of horror movies, a lot of slasher movies and then zombie movies.
Jonathan Levine
I really like using genre to tell a story about characters but also use it as a Trojan horse to tell social or cultural commentary. That’s where the best stuff, especially in the zombie genre, comes out of.
Jonathan Levine
The world of spying is my genre. My struggle is to demystify, to de-romanticise the spook world, but at the same time harness it as a good story.
John le Carre
The sights and sounds and smells, the whole genre of Westerns – I love them.
Mary Steenburgen
I believe that, artistically and culturally, the free radio air should be able to support local artists of whatever genre. Play 40 percent of your local artists; don’t suck up to major labels to the point where you neglect your own locale.
Chuck D
We’ve always wanted to aim to be the only one and hopefully one day we’ll be able to create this new genre called Babymetal.
Moa Kikuchi
It’s a really diverse time in music, with all these different DJs and all these different categories, and we are all taking footnotes from everyone else. There are no real genre boundaries anymore; you can take a trance idea and put it into a trap record – it’s not that uncommon.
Steve Aoki
After I tasted success with erotic thrillers, a time came when I was being offered only films belonging to that genre. The industry loves repeating a success formula, and the audience had formed a certain image of mine in their minds.
Emraan Hashmi
On one level, of course, the notion of judging films or books or music against each other is completely ridiculous. Who’s to say ’12 Years A Slave’ is a better film than ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’? Or that one album in a certain genre is better than another in a completely different genre?
John Niven
Can we call the essay its own genre if it’s so promiscuously versatile? Can we call any genre a ‘genre’ if, when we read it from different angles and under different shades of light, the differences between it and something else start becoming indistinguishable?
John D’Agata
It’s great to be able to work on some science fiction. I love the genre.
Aaron Stanford
Even in 2014, when romance heroes are as varied as their genre, somewhere in them you can still always find the alpha male.
Sarah MacLean
There’s a hardening of the culture. Reality TV has lowered the standards of entertainment. You’re left wondering about the legitimacy of relationships. It’s probably harder to entertain the same people with a more classic form of writing, and romantic comedies are a classic genre.
Nancy Meyers
I’m a real genre jumper, but all good music belongs to the same family. I love Dave Sitek, a producer I’ve been working with a lot since I moved to L.A. He will change the game.
Erik Hassle
There’s been a shift: Country music is popular music now. Every other genre wants to come over to our land.
Miranda Lambert
I have really diverse tastes, which can be problematic sometimes, but it’s good because it means I’m always listening to as much music as possible. I love listening to music, whatever genre it is.
Richard Fleeshman
I decided to take my foot off the pedal with all the detail. I’m sure after ‘Animalia’ and ‘The Eleventh Hour,’ readers thought that’s what to expect from Graeme Base. With ‘The Sign of the Seahorse,’ I took a step away from the puzzle-book genre – that was more of an adventure story.
Graeme Base
Focus in on the genre you want to write, and read books in that genre. A LOT of books by a variety of authors. And read with questions in your mind.
Nicholas Sparks
Before ‘Final Fantasy VII,’ I would have told you that I had zero interest in RPGs with turn-based combat. But that game was so well done, I didn’t care what genre it was. Any genre can be done poorly or done well.
Tim Schafer
I still don’t know what genre I fit into. I want to try my hand at different things and find out what I am best at. I want to discover myself as an actress.
Esha Gupta
I think I’ve learned more about Baroque music than any other genre.
Joyce DiDonato
No, the horror genre is not my first love. I don’t run to the theater to see horror films.
Amanda Righetti
I’ve tried to show in my most recent book, the ‘Irresistible Fairytale’, that in order to talk about any genre, particularly what we call simple genre – a myth, a legend, an anecdote, a tall tale, and so on – we really have to understand something about the origin of stories all together.
Jack Zipes
Critics tend to be very hard on the horror genre.
James Wan
Swavey, it puts more than one genre of music together. That’s the approach I have with all music I do.
Tory Lanez
A lot of times, actors and directors don’t want to repeat something. I don’t think we’re repeating something, but I think there’s certainly a genre that we’re in, and we’re happy to embrace it.
Skylar Astin
The only genre of movie that I could see making that doesn’t have anything magical or otherworldly about it would be a war film. I’m very interested in history, and a war film could be something that would lure me in.
Neill Blomkamp
Everyone has a right to cry uncle on a genre every once in awhile. I’ve done it myself. Sometimes you just can’t bear another gear or pair of wings or vampire teeth. You go on a fast, and sometimes you come back, and sometimes you don’t.
Catherynne M. Valente
I don’t really care that much about genre labels. I tend to write across a variety of different genres.
Ken Liu
If you look at how people use the term 'western,' you c

If you look at how people use the term ‘western,’ you can only conclude that it means a movie that has big hats and horses. And if you really want to sound like you’ve been thinking, then you’ll use a term like ‘genre.’ But all the hell it seems to mean is big hats and horses. Which is not all that deeply analytical.
Tommy Lee Jones
My father was a very strong male figure to me as a child. He was very dashing, had a wonderful sense of humor and was romantically handsome in the Scott Fitzgerald genre.
Mariette Hartley
In mainstream romantic comedies, I’m usually tearing my hair out. It’s just a devastatingly difficult genre for me.
Carter Burwell
I have a complicated relationship with the horror genre. I love it; I loved it as a kid growing up, and I watched Chiller Theater in New York. So I loved it, but then you do feel if you do it too much, you’re stuck there.
Zach Galligan
I think that even if you’re wondering if two characters are ever going to kiss, drawing out the inevitability is part of the fun. Whatever the genre happens to be.
J. J. Abrams
Genre stuff is the most exciting stuff for an actor to play. I get to try new things, do things I would have never got the chance to do.
Amy Acker
I have a great affection for comics, and I think that people underrate comics as a genre.
Chris Wooding
Musical theater is an American genre. It started really, in America, as a combination of jazz and operetta; most of the great musical theater writers in the golden era are American. I think that to do a musical is a very American thing to me.
Rachel Bloom
I want to work with my friends because Canadian genre publishing is a really small pool.
Ed Greenwood
I’ve spoken often of how the fantasy genre is able to, with the greatest freedom among all the genres, take a metaphor and make it real. But of course that’s only the starting point.
Steven Erikson
Star Wars, the original movie, was all the various old genre of pictures: the swashbucklers, the war movies, all those things were put n there in a different look.
Bruce Boxleitner
I am completely open to doing a romantic comedy, but I will never do something just for the sake of doing a specific genre or because it’s the time or place to do a different type of movie. I think that would be a huge mistake.
Leonardo DiCaprio
I’m completely open about the fact that I don’t love every genre of metal. I like what I like. It’s got to have some vocal quality and some semblance of melody.
Eddie Trunk
I think, especially when you’re on TV, once you become associated with one genre or the other, it’s near impossible to break into the other one, even if you have experience with both.
Natalie Zea
Speaking out against rap music is useless, and it’s futile. The reality is there’s criticism for everything, but Jay-Z is one of the most remarkable artists of our time of any genre, and as a hip-hop artist he carries the weight of that art form with such splendor and grace and genius.
Michael Eric Dyson
I read a lot of scripts and so many are clearly a knockoff of one familiar genre or another.
Edward Norton
The spy genre is something which, as a fan of movies, a movie geek myself, I just love that cinematic joy that they bring.
Pierce Brosnan
I have been a reader of Science Fiction and Fantasy for a long time, since I was 11 or 12 I think, so I understand it and I’m not at all surprised that readers of the genre might enjoy my books.
Jean M. Auel
I felt more doubtful than usual with ‘Goon Squad,’ because I knew that the book’s genre wasn’t easily named – Novel? Stories? Novel-in-stories? – and I worried that its lack of a clear category would count against it. My hopes for it were pretty modest.
Jennifer Egan
‘Drown’ was always a hybrid book. It’s connected stories – partially a story collection but partially a novel. I always wanted the reader to decide which genre they thought the book belonged to more – story, novel, neither, both.
Junot Diaz
They will find somebody younger, somebody funnier, somebody more engaged. As long as the court genre is viable, people are going to be looking for someone to knock me off of my perch.
Judy Sheindlin