transcending genre

Emily Fridlund’s electrifying debut novel History of Wolves is a contemporary coming-of-age story about a young woman — but it avoids the familiar story arc so common to other novels in that genre.

Critic Michael Schaub says, “There’s no moment of revelation at the end; if anything, the protagonist ends up more confused than she was at the beginning. Fridlund refuses to obey the conventions that her sometimes hidebound colleagues do, and her novel is so much the better for it.”

Beautiful, Icy ‘History Of Wolves’ Transcends Genre

it literally makes me FURIOUS when people say “taylor swift only writes about love” because if they’d actually listen to her discography instead of running their mouths they’d find her songs about love are are super diverse because of how detailed and personal her lyrics are. she absolutely doesn’t get enough credit for how many different experiences, emotions and perspectives she is able to incorporate into her music while still producing content that’s relatable and more than likely to smash. oh and BTW her music also transcends genre. there is basically no style of music she can’t write. so yeah, love may be a common theme, but there’s so much MORE to her music that people consistently choose to ignore and that makes me sad.

So I went and saw Rogue One again. God is it such a great movie. I’m an emotional mess and will probably never recover. 

Seriously though, I wonder if people take away from the movie the same thing as I did, because both times I’ve seen it, the people I went with just saw it as a ‘cool star wars movie’. And while it is that, i feel like it has the potential to transcend that genre. It was a war movie, that’s how they marketed it, but it wasn’t just another war movie either. As a student of Conflict Studies and Human Rights this hit home. Quotes like ‘rebellions are built on hope’ and concepts such as ‘you don’t get to decide when you want to start to care about a cause’, are so important and relevant to the world today. Jyn’s character development, from someone basically saying if the Empire doesn’t effect me then I don’t care, to some one who fights and dies for the rebel cause is amazing. When she gives her speech to the Alliance council she speaks of not standing by and letting terror and evilness consume us and let us back down from a fight that isn’t just about the individual. Dying for the mere hope that their actions could save the rebellion is a message that inspires me. It inspires me to work hard in a world full of adversity. In a world that continues to beat people down and take everything they have. An evil that seems too powerful to ever overturn. 

It reminds me that even the smallest of actions can provide hope for a better future, and while some may see your actions as futile, every individual has an impact on the outcome in the fight for good. You have a choice to either keep your head down or take that chance; take that small hope and make ten men feel like a hundred. 

  • Cassian: I need new material, and it needs to be great, and it needs to knock people on their butts, and it needs to transcend the genre of roast comedy. Rook, go!
  • Bodhi: Oh wow... Um, okay, so Director Krennic is evil, right? And he always wears white. So, like, maybe there's something there, like, he wants to look like a wampa 'cuz they're scary. And his outfit's white. They're white.
  • Cassian: Oh Bodhi, you're too beautiful to be funny. It's not your fault. You've never had to compensate for anything. The rest of you ugly nerds need to give me some jokes stat!

Taylor Swift is a seven-time GRAMMY winner, and the youngest recipient in history of the music industry’s highest honor, the GRAMMY Award for Album of the Year. She is the only artist in history to have an album hit the 1 million first-week sales figure three times (2010’s Speak Now, 2012’s RED and 2014’s 1989). She’s a household name whose insanely catchy yet deeply personal self-penned songs transcend music genres, and a savvy businesswoman who has built a childhood dream into an empire.


If we here at SparkLife had to sum up our life philosophy in one sentence, it would probably either, “Give us chunky peanut butter or give us death,” or, “Ask not what your Sparkitors can do for you, but what you can do for your Sparkitors; now bring us a dozen milkshakes, and don’t be stingy with the sprinkles.”

Thankfully for everyone, we’re not literary heroines, so our words won’t be immortalized for future generations. But the words of the brilliant, brave, and unique heroines in this slideshow have transcended time and genre, and now they’re here to inspire you—courtesy @thelatestkate‘s gorgeous illos and our peanut butter-covered laptop keyboards.

Lemonade transcends genres, it reveals truths and spots a light on issues we must face and fix! Adele is a wonderful artist but sorry 25 just felt like a slightly less depressing 21. Call me bitter if you must but I am only speaking truth. Beyoncé is a phenomenal woman and artist and Lemonade is the best album of 2016.

Hiram King “Hank” Williams, Sept. 17, 1923 - Jan. 1, 1953

On. Jan 1, 1953, somewhere between Knoxville, Tenn. and Oak Hill, W. Va., the greatest country singer and the greatest songwriter of the 20th century passed away in the back seat of a baby blue 1952 Cadillac.
Hiram King “Hank” Williams Sr. scored his first hit in 1947 with “Move It On Over.” Although his career in the spotlight only lasted 4 years, in that 4 years he forever changed the face of popular music. His songs would be recorded by everyone from Perry Como to Isaac Hayes to the Melvins to Social Distortion.
Very few artists have transcended the genres like Hank and certainly no one has ever put words to paper quite like him. His nickname, “Hillbilly Shakespeare,” only speaks to his greatness.
Today marks the 63rd anniversary of Hank Williams’ passing, but I believe the pastor of Hank’s funeral, Henry Lyon, said it best – “If this world should last a thousand years, Hank shall remain dear to millions of hearts.”

The reception Iron Fist has been getting is a bummer. But, hey, a misstep had to happen eventually. I’m glad my bby Jessica Jones (who I will also be on regularly again, since this and that are my two primary blogs and the only ones that’ll be active for a time) is untouched by it. But I’ll still be watching Iron Fist. And I’m pumped for The Defenders.

I also seen Logan. Ripped my heart out, but I think it was overhyped for me. It was hyped before and after it came out, people saying it’d be the first Superhero movie to get a best picture nomination and it transcends the superhero genre and all that, but really ….

I know they’re talking about movies, but have they NOT seen Jessica Jones? THAT transcends the superhero genre. Logan was EXCELLENT, I loved it to bits and it made me cry but if someone’s going to sit there and tell me that the last, like, 30 minutes wasn’t completely superhero movie stuff is being unreasonable. 

Loved the violence in it, though. Mmm. And it made me want to RP Wolverine. 

But yeah! Logan. Great movie, even if exceedingly hyped.

What else, what else … oh yeah, Trump is President now. Ain’t that something?

Uhhh, lots of famous people died. RIP :(

I just seen the newer Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 trailer earlier today, having avoided it until I was closer to returning this blog for fear of the sads striking!

Uhhh … I was able to get my tattoo partially colored in thanks to mi madre (the one below my bust, for those that have seen it).

Hmmm … I really want to make an Atomic Blonde blog, too, but I’ll wait until I know whether or not the movie is actually good and interesting.

Has anyone seen Moana? LOVED that movie! Same with Get Out. I was the only white person (and only female) in the group when we went to see it AND MY FRIENDS JUST KEPT LOOKING AT ME AND SHAKING THEIR HEADS I WAS TRYING SO HARD NOT TO BUST OUT LAUGHING IN THE THEATER EVERYTIME.

But yeah. Time for me to play Breath of the Wild! I’ll be checking the blog until I leave my house, which wont be until way later. So send a message! Say hi! I wonder if anyone is still reading this … ? Codeword: baba ganoush.

Do people still hide little key phrases in their rules to make sure people read them? I’ve never done that, too much work and I usually don’t even have any pages done (like half us RPers). Anyways, i’m rambling.

I’ve always found Gerard Way’s reaction to the term “emo” both pretentious and laughable. As if MCR being called an emo band was the worst thing to ever happen to his career. Sorry, but bands like American Football and Brand New have transcended their genre in ways MCR never have or will. Both are emo bands and both never scoffed at being called so. It doesn’t undermine their music nor does it make them less legitimate. They understood that. I just don’t get why he didn’t.


Black River
by Josh Simmons

112-page black & white 6.5″ x 8.5″ softcover
$18.99 | 978-1-60699-833-5

Josh Simmons returns with his first full-length graphic novel since 2007’s acclaimed House. A group of women, one man, and two dogs are making their way through a post-apocalyptic world in search of a city that supposedly still has electricity and some sort of civilization. Along the way, they go to a comedy club, take a drug called Gumdrop, and encounter gangs of men who are fools, lunatics, or murderous sadists. In other words, all manner of terrors.

Josh Simmons is one of the field’s most distinctive voices in the genre of horror (The Furry Trap, House), and this full-length graphic novel is his best work yet, echoing director John Carpenter’s perfect tick-tock pacing, as well as Shirley Jackson’s ability to transcend genre and turn it into literature.

“It Ain’t Me, Babe (Bob Dylan cover)” by Stars // Monthly Cover Series (2016)

Stars are no stranger to reworking classics to fit into their shimmering new wave molds (see their takes on “This Charming Man”, “Asleep”, and “Fairytale of New York”), but doing a take on Dylan’s “It Ain’t Me, Babe” had me more curious than usual for the simple fact that it appears to be further from their original sound than those others. Of course, the genius of Bob Dylan’s work is that he’s one of the all time great songwriters and that often transcends genre and allows for reinterpretation based on sturdy melodies and brilliant pacing. Naturally, Stars use those things to their advantage and keep it all very in line with the original - mostly slowing the tempo and swapping out the energetic acoustic arrangement for an electro-lullaby soundscape. It leaves us with a sweet and delicate ballad for the after hours, when the mistakes of the day have piled up and you’re too tired for bullshit and have to just say how you feel. Dylan’s words are still fresh and potent. 

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last night i watched this super cool indie flick on amazon prime called ‘spring’ and i really loved it. it had elements of horror, sci fi, drama, and romance to the point where it transcended those genre binaries and made for a really unique experience. the film encapsulated everything i love about independent filmmaking i’d definitely recommend checking it out

Visions of the Past

I should confess that I was never really all that into ‘70s music other than Joni Mitchell, who was a canonized saint in our household. My parents were criminally negligent when it came to educating me about Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac and the legends of Lindsey Buckingham. But since Haim as been repeatedly labelled the “new Fleetwood Mac,” I’ve reacquainted myself with 'Rumors’ and all of the other timeless '70s classics that transcended fads and genre. The hype isn’t wrong - if you need to draw a parallel between Haim and music legends of the past, Fleetwood Mac would be a good choice. Haim harnesses the best of the '70s, but not so much in style as much as substance. 

'If I Could Change Your Mind’ is probably my second favorite Haim video after 'Forever,’ and it’s the one that most channels '70s vibes. A, E, and D are cast in dramatic, golden-hued lighting in a shadowy studio while nailing Soul Train-style choreography (fun fact: Aaliyah’s choreographer, Fatima Robinson, is responsible for these grooves). The set is complete with a Soul Train-reminiscent sign that proclaims their name in neon bulbs, as if cementing their iconicity in a way befitting '70s music gods of lore. Haim’s lyrics often focus on reflections on the past in some way - usually it’s love tinged with regret ('Let Me Go’ and 'IICCYM’ are the two best examples). They immerse themselves in lost loves and cast these reflections onto their lives as they currently live them. This brand of nostalgia feels distinctly '70s-ish to me, when women like Joni or Stevie or Diana Ross (think circa 'Last Time I Saw Him’) trilled ballads about old wounds and men who got away (or sometimes were chased away). Haim’s lyrics are a romanticized, nostalgic, hazy perspective on love and life that stands in stark contrast to their contemporary counterparts, and it’s part of what makes their sound timeless to me in a similar way to Fleetwood Mac. Stevie Nicks even selected Haim to appear alongside her in the New York Times Magazine 10th anniversary cover, and the entire interaction was like a goddess bestowing her attendants with her wisdom born from memories and nostalgia.

If all of this is not enough to convince you Haim are the best of the '70s reincarnated, you can watch Stevie Nicks bestow them with a blessing herself in the video below. You will probably cry, unless you are a robot.