Exploring New Genres
Though I love adventures (moving cross-country or taking an overseas trip, for example), I am also in many ways a creature of habit. Kudos to those daredevils among us who step out of their comfort zones on a daily basis—who make it a point, a priority, a lifestyle, to try anything and everything new.
I am not one of those people. I always order the same coffee drink, and the same meal at my favorite restaurant, and I tend to read the same type of books over and over. My genre of choice has always been contemporary fiction (YA and women’s fiction, specifically). Until a few years ago, I had not read many, if any, paranormal, dystopian, or high fantasy novels. I’m pretty sure that I would have never crossed paths with Harry Potter or Bella Swan if friends had not literally placed those books in my hands. But I learned that branching out is good, and empowering! I discovered a whole world of literature I was missing out on.
At the suggestion of a fellow writer, I dipped into dystopian with Cormac McCarthy’s THE ROAD. Immediately hooked, I gobbled up Ally Condie’s MATCHED, The UGLIES series, THE HUNGER GAMES trilogy, and Veronica Roth’s DIVERGENT. And while paranormal/supernatural novels aren’t the first thing I grab, I was floored by Laini Taylor’s books and I even enjoyed my first-ever zombie read—Carrie Ryan's THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH. Heather Dixon sold me on fairytale remakes with her novel ENTWINED. And fantasy! I was surprised that I enjoyed this genre so very much—thank you, Robin McKinley.
Contemporary fiction is still my favorite genre, but now that I’ve branched out, I’m like a kid in an ice cream shop, wanting to taste all the flavors. Next on my list are historical fiction and steam punk. Got any suggestions for a first timer?
How about you? Do you tend to stick with one or two genres, or do you sample a bit of everything?