FALLING OUT OF LOVE WITH GENRES ~ LET’S HAVE A CHAT

Ello ello,

I’ve decided to do something a little different, and make a series of blog posts about topics and subjects around books that I want to discuss.

First on this long long long list is:

Falling out of love with genres.Β 

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This probably would of happened when you stopped reading childrens books and instead started reading YA. All of a sudden you realised that you needed something more in the story, plot, characters and the writing.Β But what has happened to me in 2015 is I figured out that YA is really not for me anymore, yes there are exceptions to the rule, but for the most part, YA holds no interest for me. In particular it is contemporary and paranormal thats bugs me the most and these where the books which I loved a few years ago. I can still read fantasy and science fiction YA but I think I am reaching the end of my tether with those as well!

And yes there genres don’t really interest me i.e horror or romance but I have never really been reading those books before, so it’s hard to say I never want to read them, because you never know!

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But over the past year I found reading YA was boring, predictable and frankly childish, to me anyway. But my problem is that I didn’t read anything else. I had no where to go. Sure I have dipped my toes into other genres but never have I delved into other reading material.

I think I have outgrown the stories that YA has to offer and I need something with a little bit more substance and a lot less love triangles and problematic characters.

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This book was the most problematic book I read in 2015! Check out my thoughts here!

So while looking at my TBR bookshelf I really went through and decided what books I actually wanted to read, and sort out the books that have been there for years or books that I got just because everyone was reading them. And I really don’t want to force myself to read a book I don’t want to read. This year I am reading the books I want, not what is popular and raved about on every site there is.

So has this ever happened to you? Do you still love YA even though it has its problems? What is your absolute favourite genre to read?

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29 thoughts on “FALLING OUT OF LOVE WITH GENRES ~ LET’S HAVE A CHAT

  1. Interesting discussion!

    I’ve actually been trying to read more children’s fiction lately because I sometimes write it, and have come to realize that I need to have a better grip on books for this age group to write them properly. I don’t mind though because I’m finding some middle grade/children’s books I really enjoy.

    For a while I did read almost exclusively YA, but lately I’ve begun to branch out into both reading children’s books again and reading adult books.

    I only read around 4 contemporary books/year, and this has been true for most of my life, so my opinion on contemporary YA hasn’t really changed because I didn’t read enough of it while I was in the intended age group to form one, but I imagine that if I read a contemporary YA book while I was in the intended age group as opposed to now my enjoyment will have lessened some.

    Like you I continue to read and enjoy sci-fi/fantasy YA and expect this to continue just as my enjoyment of sci-fi/fantasy children’s books has. Then again, I’m slightly younger than you, and my opinion may yet change.

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    • Oh don’t get me wrong I do like middle grade books, I can re-read the Percy Jackson books until I die! Our tastes can change all the time and I love the idea of branching out and trying new books that you normally wouldn’t of read before and figuring out what else you want to read. Contemporary isn’t for everyone but I did enjoy it when I was in the age group it was written for. I can look back on books I adored 1 to 2 years ago and have no interest now. I find sci-fi and Fantasy to be more developed than other sub-genres in YA.
      You never know where reading will take you 😊😊

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      • LOL, yes, I love the Percy Jackson books. πŸ™‚

        I agree, tastes change frequently, which is why I still try to read contemporary on occasion even though it has never been my genre of choice.

        I can also look back on books I enjoyed and know that I probably wouldn’t enjoy them if I picked them up today, though some of this has more to do with the amount of time I’ve spent critiquing work for writers. I can’t just look past some flaws like I used too.

        I haven’t read enough YA contemporary to judge whether sci-fi/fantasy is more developed, but perhaps that is part of why I like it.

        Yes. πŸ™‚

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      • I think the only reason I will read a certain contemporary, is if I know it has a certain theme I want to read more of. Yeah like I can be like, oh I liked that before but now I don’t think I would get much enjoyment from it now. Thanks for the comments πŸ˜„πŸ˜„

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  2. I have a love/hate with YA. I think some inventive plots come out of it, but I’m sometimes disappointed with the words on the page. And I really, really detest that there seems to be romance in it all too. I’ll be reading a dystopian or post apocalyptic, do we really need a romance? In fact, the romance thing across all the genres I read. Love your post.

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    • Yeah I started off that way. I would be reading one and be like “the world is ending, why should they be worrying about what boy she likes” it’s just not realistic at all whatsoever! They can’t even make it slightly diverse and put LGBT themes in there. Romance is okay, Instalove is not. Thank you, and thank you for the comment πŸ˜„πŸ˜„

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  3. I definitely know what you mean – I can’t fake any interest in dystopian YA anymore, or a few other subgenres. When I start to get bored I find myself moving on to fantasy, travel memoirs, or classics to switch things up. I think as I get older I can’t just binge-read the same genre for six months at a time. Variety is so much more fun!

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    • Exactly. I am finding myself now drawn to other genres and not just the one in bookstores. I see YA now as a guilty read and not so much as something I am going to wholeheartedly enjoy all the time. Variety keeps it fresh and helps you stay away from the same 4 story lines that have been regurgitated over and over again!

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