This is the Book Blogger Hop, hosted at crazy-for-books.com
This week's question for discussion:
"Why do you read the genre that you do? What draws you to it?"
Well, I read a lot of different genres off and on, but I always return to fantasy and sci-fi novels. I prefer to read about characters in extraordinary situations. I have trouble connecting to characters who aren't engaged in something larger than themselves. I love fantasy for its tales of "what could of been" and sci-fi for its tales of "what could be," (even though I don't actually believe in fairies or alien abduction, etc.)
(This is not to say that I never enjoy "realistic" fiction, but I almost never do, not any set in modern day at least. Other genres of special interest include Historical fiction, Noir, Mystery, and Horror.)
I especially enjoy novels that engage with big ideas or situations that are fantasy today: what might happen if we developed this or that technology, or met an alien race, or met a truly alien race. What would it be like to live in a world that had multiple sentient species (elves, etc.) or if magic was a normal part of life, or the gods were real and they were bastards, or there were superheroes...the more imaginative the better (while still being coherent and interesting). Bonus points for books that manage to also fit in both an exciting, adventurous plot and compelling, intriguing characters.
There are enough "true-to-life" stories in real life. When I read, I want to explore the boundaries of imagination, and confront something new that I've never thought about before.
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