Getting to Know You: Genre

In what I would like to call Getting to Know You, I would like to try to get to know some of my readers. For the first in this series, I have a question for you about books. Lately, I have been thinking of the books I used to enjoy and what I now pick up. So here’s my question for you:

What genre are you most drawn to?

As a child it was the Nancy Drew mysteries that got me into reading, but, by the time I turned 11, it started a losing battle with fantasy. Dragons, elves, witches, magic. I couldn’t stop for years! But as I started reading more and more and finding more of the same kind of story, I wandered into the classics, fiction, and mystery sections. I pranced around there for years. But now I’m getting back into fantasy. Maybe as a mom of two little ones I need some magic back in my life. Or maybe now there are so many new stories waiting to be read.

To answer my own question, I am definitely drawn to fantasy. Especially the sword and sorcery epic kind. Definitely.

What about you?


  • Association of Merry Makers

    Uhh… I don’t really know what I like! I read some fantasy because of how it can take on the real world, but I’m starting to go into more realistic things now that I’m in my thirties. never really got into romance though 🙁 (Meredith)

    • kat

      I’m with you with the romance. It’s always nice to mix up one’s reading experience and enjoy widely. Happy reading!

  • StoryGirl

    It’s fantasy for me to! Even though my Dad thinks it’s less worthwhile than “classic” literature, I’ve always found it more interesting, exciting, and often-times more thought provoking. I love the escapism, and the way real-life issues can be explored in a fantasy setting, outside of their traditional context, which can open the way for new views as well. Argh I just love fantasy! Although I also like mystery and historical fiction, and have enjoyed most of the “classics” that I’ve read.

    • kat

      Fantasy is truly wonderful since anything can be done with it. Every other genre is nice, too, but fantasy is fantastical and thought-provoking all at the same time. Happy reading!

  • Justme!

    I like to read anything that’s written well. I’m drawn to mystery and paranormal. But will read practically any genre, if I start reading a book and the writing style doesn’t interest me I’ll finish it but I don’t enjoy it, so I’ll never read anything from that author again.

    • kat

      I agree; anything well-written is like finding a diamond. Poor writing can seriously detract from a book. Happy reading!

    • kat

      There’s just something magical about fantasy, even when it doesn’t have magic! I’m with you on the grotesque and vulgar. It just isn’t usually necessary. Happy reading!

  • rodericktmacdonald

    Fantasy remains my first love, but I like to read classics here and there (to remind myself of the benchmarks – foolish boy that I am!), and modern ‘big’ books like Infinite Jest at random to see what they spark in me. Non-fiction history, science, and philosophy rounds me out, mostly histories though. What has struck me most strongly in the past few years has been how revisiting books renders them new, and that where you are in life has a profound effect on how you read, and what you see in a text. Tess of the D’Urbervilles was deadly boring to me in my 20’s, broke my heart in my 40’s.

    • kat

      Wow, you’re very well rounded! I hope I can enjoy widely like you one day, but fantasy really gets its class in deep. I’ve been pondering whether I should re-read books I didn’t enjoy 10-15 years ago to see if anything has changed. Your comment is tipping the scale in favor of yes. Thank you!

      • rodericktmacdonald

        Don’t be too impressed – I don’t read that many books a year. I waste far too much time reading ‘stuff’ online – some of which is useful, most of which is transitory nonsense. But I will say from experience that it is astonishing how your perspective on books can change with time. Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time was another example I’ve talked about. I could not stand Nynaeve when I read it in my 20’s as the books came out. I decided to read the whole thing from start to finish a couple of years ago (and it took me all year) and to my great surprise my remembered dislike melted away as I saw this time around all the effort Jordan had put in to show her insecurities and fears, as well as her dogmatic bullying side. I’d missed that in my 20’s when I really shouldn’t have, being a literature student and all, but I did, blinded as I was by my irritation!

      • kat

        Oh, but the news and politics can be so useful when it comes to worldbuilding. I imagine it as great research, or at least that’s what I tell myself when my husband puts on the nth news show in 10 minutes.

        I must say I have been toying with rereading books I was on the verge of having 15 years ago for the past couple of years. You make a good point about perspective and time. Perhaps it is time to revisit old books.

        I love WoT, and especially Nynaeve! I’ll have to take a look at what you had to say about the books. While I love them, I can’t say I’m as brave as you to undergo reading all 14 again!

  • Deborah Monroy

    Reading Åsa Larsson lately along with wallowing in the series based on her books—“Rebecka Martinsson.”
    Believe me, it’s worth surfing the subtitles to watch these stories.

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