What do you like to read?

I read romance. Inside that genre, I prefer historical or contemporary or paranormal but I’ll take any romance over other fiction. For me, there’s something about a love story that is just missing in other books and I go back unerringly to that genre time after time.

But, what about you? What do you read? See, I have no idea. So I thought: poll!

Share with me. What do you like to read? Thanks for taking the time to share!

A-to-Z Day 7: Genre

I loved this post. It was insightful, very well written and made so much sense. I particularly loved this paragraph:
“The element of storytelling that’s essential in all genres, if I have to only name one, is that the characters act like human beings. That means they’re not always just depressed or happy, because life is an emotional thrill ride.”

I thought Gene’O hit it out of the ballpark with this one. A big thanks to him for this great post!

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Genre can mean a couple of things. It can be used to distinguish fiction, nonfiction, drama, poetry, etc.

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It can also be used to categorize work as fantasy, romance, literary, etc. I suppose that technically, that second set of categories should be sub-genres, but that’s not how most people use the word.

I view genre as a set of conventions. I don’t make distinctions about the value of the work based on genre; but I do ask questions like:

  • How well is the author using the conventions of the genre?
  • Are they being innovative?
  • Using the same old tricks people have always used for this story?
  • Making some interesting statement about the genre itself?
  • Incorporating elements of other genres? (I love it when people do this).

I will admit, like anyone else, I prefer some genres to others. I like fantasy, sci-fi, modern realism, literary…

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Reading outside the box

I received a lot of comments the other day suggesting authors who don’t write in romance. It got me thinking…should I step outside my beloved genre? I know, I know. Shocking. Call it a sign of cabin fever or delirium from this never-ending winter we’ve been enjoying but I started to consider reading something other than romance.

The idea got me thinking, do readers ever read something other than their favourite genre? Do you ever read outside your genre? Does anyone? Is it a good idea? Do you go running back to the books you love with renewed appreciation or do you discover a new type of writing you love? Is it worth it or is it a terrible-experience-never-to-be-repeated?

Honestly, I feel a little scared about trying it.