Genre fiction is kind of wide category. Science fiction, fantasy, horror, crime, romance. Though often dismissed or ridiculed by the more “literary” minded, these novels often deal with complex themes and issues and some of the world’s most beloved authors write in these categories. Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Anne Rice, Deborah Harkness, Douglas Adams, P D James, J R Ward and George R R Martin to name a few. Genre fiction can take us to places we never imagine, experience scenarios we’ve always dreamed of and open up new worlds to explore.
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? I’m also curious to hear why you think these genres often don’t get the recognition they deserve.
Hi, my name is Carrie and I read genre fiction, seriously mostly genre fiction. This year I am trying to break out by picking some challenges which focus on eclectic reading. But I am not really getting anywhere with them. So what do I read?
1. Fantasy – Seriously all kinds of fantasy high brow, low brow, Adult, YA. It is probably my favorite genre. And such a huge umbrella because under this you have:
Some link completely to Manga but I see it in a more broad girl power-y way and would include Alice and Dorothy and Tiffany Aching and Lyra Belacqua and Wendy Darling and Princess Eilonwy and Hermione Granger and Well need I go on?
2. Horror – I have always loved Horror. I remember getting in trouble in 8th grade for reading Amityville Horror in math class. Well, it was too scary to read at night!