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Not_Smart_Just_Lucky

Genres

Im not sure if I'm putting this in the right place, but thanks to the new magic powers that the auditors of the site have, the topic can be moved if it is in the wrong place.

Anyway, Im just wondering if any of you have a favourite genre. I know most people here would read anything, and read mainly for the pleasure of reading, and I also know that most people here put the quality of writing and the powers of the author in conveying character, tone, setting etc. above the plot and genre of a novel.

Having said that, is there a genre you prefer to all the rest? If you go to your shelf looking for a re-read, do you always pick up a horror or a Western? Or is there a genre you avoid at all costs?

I toyed with the idea of adding a poll to see what the overall favourite genre is, but I wouldn't know where to start in choosing which genres to put in
lunababymoonchild

I am completely allergic to Mills & Boon.  I have no idea why because I've never actually read any, I'm also allergic to Barbara Cartland too and I've never read any of hers.  Are they what you would call romance?  I do read what's known as 'family sagas' which seems to go with romance but the look and titles of the aforementioned M&B and BC put me right off reading them (although who's to say if I'm desperate enough and  there's nothing else ...........).

As for rereads, the only book that I have reread to any degree would be The Godfather so I suppose that would be crime fiction, although I'm not sure.

Favourite genre, well in spite of the fact that I am only just easing myself back into the genre after a long absence I'm going to nominate horror.  Everything from ghost stories to slash fests and true life.



Luna
TheRejectAmidHair

I suppose I love the ghost story genre best: the MR James/ Sheridan le Fanu/ Algernon Blackwood type. I also like the hard-boiled American thrillers - Chandler, Cain, Hammett, and, more recently, Ellroy - but I haven't really read enough of them to count myself an aficionado.
Not_Smart_Just_Lucky

I'm very fond of murder mysteries and crime novels, although I'd lean more towards the 'body in the library' type than the hardboiled American stuff. Im also fond of sci-fi, but more so the older stuff (HG Wells, Jules Verne) than any newer authors.

I've never been attracted to Mills and Boon myself, although some day I might read one just so I can be justified in my dislike.
lunababymoonchild

Not_Smart_Just_Lucky wrote:
I've never been attracted to Mills and Boon myself, although some day I might read one just so I can be justified in my dislike.


I think that myself but every time I look at the titles I feel positively nauseous (same with Barbara Cartland) so I keep away.  Irrational isn't it?

Luna
Caro

I think my favourite genre is the same as Kevin's - crime and whodunnits, but not serial killer type and probably not American hard-boiled, though I do like some of the American comic crime novels.  

I do like a romance in my books but less a full-blown romance novel (unless it is quite short, like those little 80 page things you used to get accompanying the English Woman's Weekly and I haven't read one of those for decades).  

I have never read a western or a horror book or a ghost story, I think.  Are historical biographies a genre?  or those sort of books that examine one subject, like Mauve or Salt or Colours or Necropolis about the cemeteries and death practices of London, or one place in time.  I like both those, but they are not fiction.  

Cheers, Caro.
MikeAlx

I used to read a lot of SF - still read a bit, but mainly short stories or revisiting the writers of the 50s/60s/70s like Dick, Ballard, Bradbury etc. I'm not a great fan of space opera or military SF - I like SF that's about ideas, whether they be social, political, scientific, philosophical, whatever - but high-action cowboys-in-space type stuff never did it for me.

I never had much interest in crime or horror, but have recently started reading small-press publications featuring short stories in those genre areas and the various subgenres inbetween, and am enjoying them immensely. I suppose if I tried to pin it down I'd say I like stories with an element of mystery but not straightforward puzzle stories like whodunnits.

If there's any genre I loathe more than anything else it's the swords & sorcery end of fantasy. I'd far rather read romance than that stuff! I do like fantasy, but only when it has real imagination.
TheRejectAmidHair

MikeAlx wrote:
If there's any genre I loathe more than anything else it's the swords & sorcery end of fantasy. I'd far rather read romance than that stuff! I do like fantasy, but only when it has real imagination.


Hear, hear!
Evie

Yes, I agree with that too - really find it cringeworthy.  I do read some fantasy, but as you say, Mike, it has to be imaginatively and cleverly done.

I like detective fiction, but other than that don't really read genres as such - I have 'types' of novel that I like, but they don't fit into genres as such.
Verica

It seems easier to say what I avoid - romance, western, horror, fantasy and crime although I could probably name a book in each of those genres that I have enjoyed.

My taste would be "novel" and biography, social history/ history, travel and psychology.

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