When I opened my email from Amazon listing their First Read selections for November I noticed one of the books is listed in a category I hadn’t seen before - Geek Fiction. Book genres and categories can have blurry boundaries anyway but this label seems to be very loosely defined.
At first glance, I assumed Geek Fiction would be a catch-all for science fiction and fantasy fiction but here’s the full description of the book The Frame-Up shown above.
MG Martin lives and breathes geek culture. She even works as a writer for the comic book company she idolized as a kid. But despite her love of hooded vigilantes, MG prefers her comics stay on the page.
But when someone in LA starts recreating crime scenes from her favorite comic book, MG is the LAPD’s best—and only—lead. She recognizes the golden arrow left at the scene as the calling card of her favorite comic book hero. The thing is…superheroes aren’t real. Are they?
When too-handsome-for-his-own-good Detective Kildaire asks for her comic book expertise, MG is more than up for the adventure. Unfortunately, MG has a teeny little tendency to not follow rules. And her off-the-books sleuthing may land her in a world of trouble.
Because for every superhero, there is a supervillain. And the villain of her story may be closer than she thinks…
As far as I can tell it’s a romantic mystery novel where the main character happens to be a self-described geek. So that tells me that Geek Fiction means “whatever we think geeks will be interested in” which I find both condescending and insulting. If I decide to read The Frame-Up it will be because I’m a mystery buff, not because I’m a geek.