May 29, 2013

Armchair BEA Day 2: Genre Fiction


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Today's topic is genre fiction. Genre fiction is kind of wide category. Science fiction, fantasy, horror, crime, romance.  Though often dismissed or ridiculed by the more “literary” minded, these novels often deal with complex themes and issues and some of the world’s most beloved authors write in these categories. 
I love this topic as I will read pretty much any genre. I'm even doing a year-long genre challenge to broaden my reading habits!

If you’re a reader of genre fiction do you have a favorite author or series? 
It's tough to pick a favorite, but I'm going to go with Neil Gaiman. Especially if I'm listening to him reading as the audiobook narrator. His stories are really engaging and imaginative, and his voice is very pleasant. 

And what keeps bringing you back for more fantasy/sci fi/horror etc? 
It's just fun to escape into different worlds sometimes, you know? I like to imagine what life would be like in a different place and time. 

Why do you think these genres often don’t get the recognition they deserve?
I guess some people want to feel like their tastes are superior or more intelligent. I remember some my English professors ridiculing genre fiction and trying to convince us that anything other than literary fiction was crap. I'm glad I didn't listen to them--I've always felt that people should read whatever they like and not feel embarrassed about it. I'm glad library school had more open minded professors and offered a readers advisory class that gave me an opportunity to read outside of my comfort zone and discover new-to-me genres! :) 

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