Armchair BEA 2013: Genre Fiction

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Today’s genre focus is on genre fiction!
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:
Contemporary Fantasy, which includes Urban Fantasy = check and double check
Harry Potter, His Dark Materials, War for the Oaks, The Dresden Files
Holly Black and Neil Gaiman
Dark fantasy = check
Coraline, The Book of Lost Things, Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Locke & Key
 Anne Rice, Neil Gaiman, Clive Barker
Fairy Tales = OMG yes
The Grimm Brothers, Hans Christian Andersen, Charles Perrault, Oscar Wilde, Jane Yolen, Robin McKinley, Donna Jo Napoli
Epic/High fantasy =sometimes check
The Lord of The Rings, the Earthsea series, The Prydain Chronicles, Alice in Wonderland, The Chronicles of Narnia
Heroic fantasy = rarely but check
Richard Adams, Mercedes Lackey, Lloyd Alexander, Christopher Paolini, Terry Goodkind
Legends = why yes please
King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, Robin Hood, Mythology of Ireland, Baba Yaga
Magical girl = J’adore check
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!
Ghost storys = Love a good ghost story
Poe and Blackwood and Struab and SO MANY GOOD ONES
Monsters = Oh please give me more classics like Frankenstein

Dracula , FrankensteinZombies,  Dragons, Kelpies, Vampires, to name a few
Occult stories = Yuppers

3. Romance – Really only Historical romanceParanormal romanceFantasy romanceTime-travel romances. That seems like a lot when you list it but I maybe read one from each category a year.

4. Science fiction – I am not a huge SciFi fan and my tastes run soft science.

Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction = So glad the rest of the world finally caught on. 😉
Social science fiction = The Sparrow and The Handmaid’s Tale are Staples in my favorites lists.
Steampunk = Love it and need to read it more

Really I could go on and on but I will stop here and move on to reading about your genre love.

20 thoughts on “Armchair BEA 2013: Genre Fiction

  1. I never thought about all those different sub-genres of fantasy but yes, magical girls are the best!! Social science fiction and post-apocalyptic fictions are two of my favorite genres!

    1. I totally bagged the genre grouping from wikipedia. I couldn’t get a good hook going this morning for a post and wikipedia to the rescue. And magical girls are the best.

  2. I love so many of the books you mentioned! I love genre fiction! HP, His Dark Materials, Neil Gaiman, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Robin McKinley are all great! I’m really open to most stories that are engaging!

    I haven’t read the Earthsea series but I read Lathe of Heaven for a college class and loved it. I need to read more Le Guin!

    1. I think LeGuin is a love her or hate her kind of writer. A fiend just finished something by her and hated it.

  3. Yes to the fantasy! I adore a good fantasy. I love that it can cover so many other things too.

    I need to pick up the Earthsea series!

  4. Fantasy is also my favorite genre, and within that I love it’s subgenre high fantasy. Epic stories never fail to amaze me. Also fairy-tale retellings. McKinley is genius. 🙂
    And you’re a fan of Russell’s The Sparrow?? I’ve had that book on my shelf for forever. Please convince me that it’s totally worth the time to read it. I tried twice but was rather half-hearted about it, but I love Russell’s historical fiction, so I’m sure I’d love this as well!

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