Machado’s new book, ‘feminist Black Mirror’ TV series on the way
Carmen Maria Machado knows she’s hard to categorize.
The Philadelphia author of 2017’s critically acclaimed “Her Body and Other Parties” and the brand new “In the Dream House” is well-aware that her writing, while undeniably literary, runs wild through a number of genres - fantasy, horror, fairy tales, police procedurals, and on and on.
“One time I went to an event and these two people came up to me and were like, ‘We both work at the same book store and we were fighting over where to put your book,’” says
Machado, who lives in West Philly and is a writer in residence at the University of Pennsylvania .
When the dust settled, that particular bookstore decided to file “Her Body and Other Parties” - currently being adapted for television by FX into a “feminist Black Mirror”
TV series - under sci-fi and fantasy, which is fine with her.
“We’re obsessed with these categories as they relate to a library or a book store, but ultimately, any label you could put on my work is accurate to some degree.” (DPA)