Today I have a very special post as my sister is making her debut as a book blogger *everyone cheers* so you might say that this is now ‘We and Ink’…. *waits for you all to laugh in hysterics* Not going to lie I was actually pretty shamefully proud of that.
Anyway here is the post from Beth, my sister, *she says hi* talking about whether there is one genre for us all….*oohh… interesting*
SO DO YOU HAVE A GENRE SOUL MATE?
The short answer for me is no. Not really. When it comes to my book genres I’m a self-confessed floozy. So allow me to regale you with my roller-coaster ride of falling in and out of love with different genres, a book lovers tale as old as time. Pfft.
Like all good childhoods, I started off with fantasy books and if it involved horses then even better, I was all ‘sparkle this’ and ‘unicorn that’. A truly fabulous time for me. As I grew older fantasy stayed with me, my next fixation was The Edge Chronicles written by Paul Stewart and beautifully illustrated by Chris Riddell and from this delightful set of books comes my favourite childhood book *drum roll please* ‘Beyond the Deep Woods’. I couldn’t even begin to tell you my favourite adulthood book, how on earth are you supposed to choose? It’s impossible says I. All those in agreement raise your hand.
…anyway, I digress. Fantasy actually stuck with me up to the ripe old age of 15- I’m 23 now if you all must know– where I had a gorgeous affair with The Mortal Instruments, all hail Cassandra Clare, I raced through all of those and have re-read them three times over, not to mention the prequel series (and now the new sequel series) that Clare has gifted us- her world is a second home to me. But this wasn’t all, throughout my early to mid-teens I buried myself in the magic of young adult fantasy fiction of all sorts: witches, vampires *cough, cough Twilight*, angels, daemons, hunks, damsels and more; my flag was firmly planted in the YA section of Waterstones.
And here comes my first change of heart. Horror. Is that fantasy still? Well, yes ok you might have a point. Same kettle of fish? Oh hell no my bookling friends.
At the age of 16 up to 18, I took the side step into Stephen King and company, a more ‘adult’ and scary place to get lost in and I tried my very best to get through ‘IT’- a hearty and meaty book if you’ve ever seen one but for some reason I couldn’t do it, I don’t know why but we were not perfect partners. And so that brought about the end of the horror season in my life, which surprised no one really because I’m a wuss. Which leads me to my next genre, and hold on because this might give you whip lash; lovey-dovey soppy romantic drama books. Aaah.
My love for the romantic perhaps reflected my life at the time where I felt that I wanted Prince Charming to come and sweep me off my feet straight into the nearest restaurant so we could eat loads together – anyone else have dreams like that? Moving forward this heart shaped bubble of slightly predictable yet wholly amazing loveliness was popped to make way for the similar yet different genre of ‘life drama’ books, and what I mean by that is reading stories revolving around the gritty and heartbreaking affairs of characters’ lives but then being comforted because at the end because they – mostly- still get the guy of their dreams and/or they live happily ever after. What can I say? I love a juicy bit of scandal. I grew up to be semi-evil.*
*Sophie here– she is grew up to be ALL evil, she eats my food all the time!!
And this is where I stand now, ‘real life’ fiction and with no urges to pick up a fantasy novel. Where will I be in 3 years’ time? Maybe there’s a future in murder mysteries for me, who knows? I’m excited to find out and with any luck by the time I’m knocking on death’s door and you ask me if I have a genre soul mate, I’ll tell you the truth: yes darling, so many.
Do you have a genre soul mate? Has your favourite genre changed over time? What was your reading journey like?
Do you think Beth should write more posts? (The answer is yes 😉 )
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