Wednesday, 23 September 2009

BOOK DISCUSSION: Trying New Genres

Are you the kind of reader that doesn't like to venture outside of their tried and true genre?? Are you strictly a "chick lit" buff? Or do you only read "mystery"?

Not I! I guess I've always been the kind of reader to 'try something new'. I do go through my phases of chick lit or historical fiction but after a few books of the same genre I need to throw in something new. I'm not one to pick a genre and stick to it for too long. Life is too short (and the library has WWAAAY too many books) to limit myself to just one genre.

As a teen I used to read books like "Flowers in the Attic" but I'd also throw in a few classics (ie. "Emma" by Jane Austen, "Wuthering Heights" by Emily Bronte, "The Count of Monte Cristo" by A. Dumas ....). I think it's because I wanted to see what all the hype was about 'the classics'. I'm so happy that I did because if I hadn't I wouldn't be able to add "The Secret Garden" to my list of "All-Time Favourite Books". :) Granted, not all were my cuppa tea but I'm happy that I gave them a try.

A few years back I decided to try a new kind of book. I frequent the Todays Parent book forum (an AWESOME place to go if you're looking for a new read) and many posters were talking about supernatural books. My first thought was that it was too 'out there' for me -- all these books about vampires, werewolves and the rest of their bretheren. But, I'm happy to report that I gave Kelley Armstrong's "Bitten" a try and haven't regretted it. She is an amazing author and has motivated me to read more and more supernatural books. Yes, I have read the "Twilight" series (enjoyed them all -- even though I go against the grain when I side with Jacob and not the pasty-faced slab'o'ice that is Edward lol. Ahhh, Charlene, I await your retort!).

My point is that I think it's important to try out different genres. You never know what you're missing if you don't! So if you're only into historical fiction, try picking up a mystery. If you're a supernatural buff, try picking up a biography! So many genres, so little time!

1 comment:

Mommydoodle said...

Oh Laurie, Laurie, Laurie. Yes, Jacob is cute, I'll agree with you there. BUT, he was very whiney and really started to get under my skin a lot (as did Bella at times). Edward, well, he may be a, "pasty faced slab'o'ice', but he's a sizzlin' hot one :)

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