The Question of the Week is posted every Sunday and will consist of a question followed by my answer and explanation to the same. Some questions will only require a simple answer that could potentially be followed by an explanation. Many questions will be writer oriented, but not all. Everyone is encouraged to answer in the comments and discussions/follow up questions are more than welcome!
What’s your favorite book genre?
I am a fantasy girl through and through as can easily be evidenced by what’s on all of my Goodreads’ lists. Within the fantasy genre, I would have to say I lean more toward the dark side (they have cookies I hear)…
…but I’ve always preferred the lush and Gothic so this is no surprise.
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I also never realized I like paranormal romance until someone pointed out that I wrote one with The Serpent’s Tale and also all of my fanfictions. I considered TST to be dark fantasy with a heavy romantic element when I wrote it, but upon reflection and conversation with other writer friends, I concluded that one, I should attempt to market it as a PR (when I eventually get back to that state), and two, it just makes much more sense to think of it as a paranormal romance set in a dark fantasy background (a love in a time of hardship motif I suppose). I always equated paranormal romance to Twilight, and I’m pretty sure my feelings on that are pretty clear by now. However, many books are considered paranormal romance, because that’s often a way to break into writing since that genre tends to be high in demand, and if the story has other, deeper elements, well you’ve introduced more to the zeitgeist.
I am starting to get more into sci-fi and have added some of the greats like Bradbury and Asimov to my to-read list. I believe this shift was precipitated by my love of George R R Martin who, while writing the greatest fantasy epic of our era, actually started out in science fiction..
For non-fiction I love anything to do with mythology and religious symbolism. I suppose I’m a closet theologian or rather a student of theology. Though many could argue that this is still fiction, the study of it is not. While the beliefs may not be true in the scientific sense, the people who believed them and the metaphors they represent most assuredly are.
What is your favorite book genre? Do you differentiate by fiction and non-fiction? Has it changed over the years?
I look forward to your answers in the comments!