As a reader, it is impossible not to have a certain genre or genres of books that you gravitate towards.
Maybe you love going on a thrilling chase through space, shooting lasers and meeting alien life forms. Maybe you love a wise old magician shooting fireballs from his staff, vanquishing the dragon that has plagued his country for eons. Or maybe you love crying alongside two characters who are so madly in love, but the world seems to be keeping them apart.
Either way, everyone has a genre that they like, and everyone has a genre that they don’t like.
What I want to talk about today is the genres that you don’t like, but first, let me tell you a little bit about me.
I can appreciate almost any genre of any form of art, music, books, or whatever you have in mind. I don’t necessarily like every genre, but I can appreciate and understand why people like those genres.
I have a favourite type of music — country — but I don’t limit myself to just country music. I listen to a bit of rap, a pinch of hip hop, some top 40, and just a dash of classical.
It’s the same thing with my reading habits and the genres that I like. Obviously my main genres would be historical and fantasy, but I don’t limit myself to those categories, and I think it is wrong if you do.
I don’t think you should limit yourself to a few genres just because you aren’t a “fan” of fantasy, or you can’t stand sci-fi, or romance books make you want to vomit.
If you don’t like a certain book, by all means don’t feel obligated to finish it, but if you’re not a fan of sci-fi, but you love romance…what about a sci-fi romance book.
Blend the love and the hate together and try it out. It’s got a bit of what you love, and a bit of what you hate, so maybe that’ll save it for you.
Maybe it will, or maybe you’ll think the romance aspect of the book was ruined because of the sci-fi part. That decision is yours to make.
What I really want to say is this.
Just because you hate a genre, or you hate a certain stereotype in a genre shouldn’t mean you shun it completely.
In today’s world, where reading is slowly becoming a dying passion, I don’t think us readers have the luxury of hating anything. I think we need to appreciate what we can about books, and do our best to keep them alive. Don’t hate on a certain genre because you don’t like it. Instead try to find a niche area of that genre that you do like.
Not only will it broaden your mind and understanding, I think it will also help you realize how much you love reading and make you fall in love with it all over again.