I think I've been crossing genres my whole life. Just ask me to explain the premise of any of my novels, and you'll probably readily agree.
It's certainly not a bad thing--in fact, I'd dare say it's a great thing (except, of course, if you're specifically targeting a category market). After all, what's an epic story without a little romance?? Maybe I'm a sap, but I just about don't want to read something unless it's going to have some mush in it. Life's all about our emotional connections with the people around us, so it's only fitting for that to show up across all genres.
As a self-admitted cross-genrer, I can still sometimes surprise myself at bull-headedly ignoring teeming idea holes.
Case in point:
I've had seasons one and two of this show for over a year, just sitting on my shelf. They're my brother's, actually, and from time to time he'd pester me about not watching them and insist that I return them. I'd hastily assure him that I would, in fact, one day watch them.
Well, yesterday was that day. I had a bunch of Christmas presents to wrap, it was pouring and gloomy outside, and since hubby is still out of town...well...
Seven episodes in a row later, I was hooked.
And even more surprising? It gave me a GREAT idea for the sci-fi/urban fantasy (see? I can't even describe it here with just one genre) novel I wrote last year for NaNoWriMo.
Yep. THE TUDORS, which is obviously, y'know, set in Tudor era England, gave me a great idea for my FUTURISTIC novel.
Great Idea. Needs to be said again.
So. Let this be a reminder that inspiration can come from all places, sometimes the ones we least expect.
Also: watch The Tudors. If not for the picture above, how about this one?