I try not to worry too much about categorising the books I read. If I like them, I like them, if I don't I don't!
I think a lot of people get stuck in a genre rut when choosing their next book to read. I've done this myself in the past - looked at a book and dismissed it because it's such a such genre and I probably wouldn't like it.
I try not to do that any more and consequently I have found some books I love that are in genres I wouldn't have considered based on my pre-conception of them.
I always thought YA fiction would be a bit too tame and quite childish. Then I accidentally tried it because a friend told me how much how I would love The Hunger Games so I bought it without realising it was classed as YA fiction. This is now one of my favourite genres.
Having said that, if I was forced to categorise, I thought I would share 3 of my most and least favourite genres.
Crime - I love getting inside the mind of the killers and trying to work out their MIs. I like the fact the books are generally fast paced.
Horror - I like the suspense in horror books, and I particularly like the ones that genuinely send a shiver through me.
YA Fiction - I love the settings that are usually still Earth but not as we know it. I like the way the civilizations are usually forced to have some unfair condition put upon them and try to fight it. I also like that they are usually trilogies so when I find a new one, it keeps me going for longer!
The least favourites
Westerns - I don't think I will ever get away with these. I'm not sure exactly why, they just don't appeal to me.
Romance - I can read the odd romance book, and I don't mind a sub plot about a budding romance alongside something else, it's just every one I've ever read seem to fall into one of two categories:
1. The tragic love - You know that one of them is going to die, or be stuck in a loveless marriage with someone else.
2. Girl meets boy. Boy is hot and girl feels hopelessly attracted to him, but he is an arrogant prick. They clash. They have hot sex. They clash a little more. Girl realises that actually she loves him and they all live happily ever after.
Science fiction - There are some fantasy books I can get away with (not many, but a few) but real science fiction I just can't. I have no interest in how the space ship/time machine/any other device actually works.
What are your favourite/least favourite genres?
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