On the whole I’d say I’m a pretty varied reader: I’ll read anything from literary fiction and the classics to sci-fi, fantasy, historical and YA fiction. Yet there are a select few genres I rarely, if ever, explore, whether that’s consciously or not, and I’d be really interested to know what genres other people don’t read and why!
Once again I should probably do a bit of a disclaimer – these are just genres I don’t personally enjoy, and I’m in no way intending to offend anyone if they do like these genres!
So here goes!
- Crime Fiction
This is kind of a weird one seen as one of my favourite series is Stieg Larsson’s Millenium trilogy (a crime fiction trilogy!), but to be honest, they are the only crime books I have ever really enjoyed reading. I’m not a fan of too much graphic gore (I did feel a bit queasy reading some of the descriptions of the murders in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo!) and I think a lot of detective fiction can be a bit formulaic and predictable. I’ve always been kind of interested to read Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes books though (and I love the Sherlock TV series!), so I’ll maybe have to give crime fiction another go!
I’m really not good with horror – as aforementioned, I can’t deal with gore (even written gore!) and to be honest, I’m pretty easily creeped out. At the same time it isn’t really a genre I’ve actively avoided, it just so happens I don’t tend to gravitate towards the horror section of the bookshop much. I have kind of been thinking of reading some Stephen King though recently, so perhaps I’ll end up liking it (or I’ll just have nightmares)!
Although I like romance elements in books, I don’t want it to be the main event. I personally tend to find romance books a bit predictable (woman and man meet, fall in love, something comes between them, they make up, the end), and there’s a lot of scope for some seriously clichéd characters (eg. plain-looking but witty women and hot but messed-up men). I know I’m guilty of book-stereotyping here, but the genre just doesn’t interest me much.
The main problem I have with erotica is that I think sex scenes are just so hard to get right – they can make me seriously cringe even in regular books (and the Literary Review even have a ‘Bad Sex Award’ which has featured some pretty eminent writers – even they couldn’t get it right!). So I really don’t think an entire genre based around them is for me!
So are there any genres you don’t read? Why not? And what are your favourite genres?