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What draws me to a specific genre? Well, there are some plots, some premises that just seem to scream my name from the back covers. I've always been a huge fan of fantasy. There is nothing like the mention of magic, dragons, elves, or fictional worlds to get my reading drool flowing. Classics like Lord of the Rings or newer goodies like The Seven Realms series are just my cup of cocoa. I like to have my mind taken away from the dreary of this world (even if it is into the dreary of another). High fantasy is especially delightful. I think magical worlds existing right there in our own are fun and I can devour a historical fantasy as fast as the next goblin. But there is something so perfectly enticing about books that take place elsewhere. I believe fantasy will always be my first love.
But not my only love, of course. The huge boom in dystopian fiction has really fascinated me as well. I love speculative fiction and science fiction (or are they synonymous, I'm not really clear on this), though I've not read many of the classics in those genres. Stories that take place in space or that have a large chunk of space-related stuff tossed in are a big weakness for me. Having spent four years of my life studying physics and astronomy, that is only natural.
But there is also something so delightfully terrifying about taking a look at our possible horrible future. I remember being super enthralled by Fahrenheit 451 and 1984 in high school. What if that was our future? With the huge surge (thanks to The Hunger Games), I've been quite satiated with the many great futuristic offerings. And I'll be the first to admit I'm terrible at delineating what is dystopian, what's simply futuristic, what's apocalyptic, etc. It's simply convenient for me to toss them all under that umbrella, though obviously many of them are not dystopian in nature.
I guess I'm not much for making sure my books all fit neatly into one little box, though I tend to label things that way for convenience. I like those books that can cross genres or take a little bit of something from multiple genres. I also like my labels. So, I try to lump everything together under one broad label and then hope that I can make lists to help make better connections between books. It's flawed, but it works for me.
Not Your Average Magical Creatures
Out of This World (space books)
Steampunk and Historical Fantasy
I'd love to hear your genre-love and any recommendations for my obvious genre appetite.
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