Read an interesting blog post earlier about genre rules that readers will expect to be followed. I'm curious to hear anyone's thoughts on this. As a reader, what rules do you expect an author to follow for epic fantasy? For cyberpunk? Hard science fiction? Dramatic science fiction? Steampunk? Horror?
What rules do you think can be tossed, if any? What promises do we, as writers, make to a reader if we are writing in a particular genre?
I have ideas, but it took me by surprise, which maybe it shouldn't have, but I've never put any rules I have into words. So I'm curious if any of you have.