This a Sunday feature here where we discuss specific topics related to books and the blogosphere.
Let’s talk genres!
I define my reading as eclectic for a reason. Most genres have appeal and each month my reading plans have at least three or four in the mix, not including sub genres. However, there are some that I give a pretty wide berth
I don’t know when it happened…maybe several years after college…but almost overnight, I found I couldn’t watch horror movies nor read the genre anymore. I used to absolutely love Dean Koontz (Watchers scared me spitless) and loved having Stephen King movies make me scream. Now? I can’t even read the book blurbs or watch the film previews Fan Fiction
Beyond the 50 Shades phenomena, I don’t get it. I know, I know. There’s a whole new world of writing out there that thousands are engaged in but I’m just not interested in a new iteration of my favorite characters. Please, tell me. What am I missing? I’m willing to listen.
There was no child with a bigger imagination than mine when I was growing up, spurred on by the magic of books, especially make believe. I loved all the mythical creatures and kingdoms that easily transported me to fantastical worlds. I’m not sure exactly when my adult brain shifted to attempt to juxtapose superb books in this genre with reality but it happened. I now struggle with this genre and am perplexed by the change. Don’t get me wrong, there are several series on my shelf that I’m in love with and in awe of (Kate Daniels, Night Huntress, Mercy Thompson, etc.), but I’m struggling through Throne of Glass when I should be engrossed in the world building and intrigue. I find listening to the stories really helps as my brain doesn’t try to override the story as much. But, I know I’m missing out on some wonderful writing.
I love the mystery genre, the grittier and more suspenseful, the better (think Karen Rose and Val McDermid). I especially love police procedurals a la Eve Dallas & Harry Bosch. But cozy mysteries? I can’t connect and I need more drama, chaos, mayhem. It’s not the small town settings because they’re one of my favorites in the romance genre. I just struggle with the lack of complexity in the mystery. I like puzzlers, real thorny ones, and cozies tend to have fairly mild crimes. I know they’re very popular but they have zero appeal for me.
Now this I’m embarrassed about because I adored comic books well into my early adulthood. Since this genre has evolved to a whole new level and art form, I have virtually no interest but I do have a curiosity. If there are fans out there, PLEASE share what attracts you to this genre. I need a reason to explore it more.
That’s not too bad, right? In the genre universe, this is a fairly short list