Does a novel have any hope of getting published if it doesn't conform to any established genre? It seems every writer has a choice. They can write genre fiction that conforms to all the genre's rules and get published (provided it's competently written,) or they can write something original and maybe get discovered hundreds of years after their death. Tell me I'm wrong.
Sure, it seems that you can "add a new twist" to a style that already exists, attempt to breathe new life into it, and still fall within the horizon of expectation that people have, but what if I wanted to do everything differently? Is there hope?
Not that I'm any kind of accomplished writer or anything, but the idea of writing yet another goddamn story about magic fucking elves (or the like) makes my gums itch.
Here, have a lozenge.
For proof just look at the work of JS Foer; Michael Chabon; Marjane Satrapi; and William Vollman. If you are unfamiliar with these names, your librarian is not. Hie thee there at once and get a grip on your grumpiness. It's turning your whine into vinegar.