As I’ve already mentioned a couple of times, this week I’m taking part in the Armchair BEA, an online conference for book bloggers. Each day the hosts give us a couple of topics to discuss, and as I’m a couple of days behind I’m going to mix and match.
If you’re a reader of genre fiction do you have a favourite author or series? And what keeps bringing you back for more fantasy/sci-fi/horror etc? And if you don’t read one (or more) of these genres what is it that deters you from those sections of the bookstore?
Let’s face it, I’m all over the shop when it comes to reading… I like variety and I’ll give everything a go but I do have a few firm favourites. For starters, I love crime fiction (I love crime dramas too, but we’ll discuss THAT obsession another day). I’m quite picky though- I like my novels to be character drive… you can have the most ingeniously mysterious plot on God’s green Earth but if you don’t have a solid base of character it’s just a pointless read.
When I was younger my favourite genre was probably fantasy. I used to devour any books that even hinted at ghosts, witches and vampires. I’ve moved away from the supernatural in recent years, but that’s purely because I haven’t found any series to sink me teeth into (forgive the pun) – recommendations welcome!
Sci-fi is not a genre I’ve ever felt compelled to read. Don’t get me wrong, Star Trek and Quantum Leap were pillars of my childhood, I’m just not sure I’d get along with them in book form. And I don’t think I’ve ever read a horror. This wasn’t intentional… I have an extensive collection of Stephen King novels, I just haven’t got to them yet! Romance is an iffy area. Typically if a book is marketed as a romance I won’t enjoy, I just need a bit more substance HOWEVER most books do benefit from a hint of romance.