Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Genre Fiction - it's my thing

Back to Armchair BEA and today we are talking about genre fiction.  Not sure what they mean?  Here is what the site says for today:

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. Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Anne Rice, Deborah Harkness, Douglas Adams, P D James, J R Ward and George R R Martin to name a few. Genre fiction can take us to places we never imagine, experience scenarios we’ve always dreamed of and open up new worlds to explore. 

 If you’re a reader of genre fiction do you have a favourite author or series? And what keeps bringing you back for more fantasy/sci fi/horror etc? And if you don’t read one (or more) of these genres what is it that deters you from those sections of the bookstore? I’m also curious to hear why you think these genres often don’t get the recognition they deserve.

I am a HUGE reader of genre fiction, huge I tell you.  Many years ago (and no, I won't say how many), I was enlightened after reading 'Salem's Lot by Stephen King.  My favorite author to this day, this wonderful writer opened my eyes to genre fiction.  Would I classify him as horror?  I would sometimes, but while reading his books you realize that it is about so much more.  The depth of character is to be rivaled.  For instance, in IT, as scary as the book itself is, the bond between the friends is what always leaves me in awe.  And let's be real, The Stand?  Hard to beat as an all around book if you ask me - thankfully I'm not alone.

I've also read the entire Interview with a Vampire series by Anne Rice, many of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward, The Odd Thomas series by Dean Koontz, I will read just about anything paranormal, Mary Higgins Clark again is one of my fav's, and so is Suzanne Collins.  Diana Gabaldon...absolutely!  So, genre fiction?  It is certainly my thing.  I guess I would ask, what isn't genre fiction?  I am maybe a little confused because it seems like they try to shove everything into some kind of genre, I am not sure what non-genre fiction would be.  I'd love to know.

Thanks so much for visiting my site, I look forward to reading what some of you have to say!


  1. For me, non-fiction are biographies and study books :) I'm also a HUGE fiction reader. Salem's lot is an awesome book.

    Development + Fiction - Mel@thedailyprophecy.

  2. I definitely enjoy genre fiction, and of the authors you mentioned, Mary Higgins Clark is one I enjoy.

    Some of Stephen King is too much for me, but I loved his time-traveling 11-22-63.


  3. I read the Vampire series by Anne Rice a long time ago, then went on to her MAyfair Witches series- loved them!
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  4. I used to read so much Mary Higgins Clark! Love her! I love genre fiction too! I like a huge variety of stories, as long they are engaging!

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  5. I really want to read both the Black Dagger Brotherhood and the Outlander series. I've heard so many great things about them! I'm a huge paranormal fan, too, and just love the genre.

  6. I love genre fiction too and find it is just as meritable as literary fiction. Great answer!

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