I wasn’t expecting that!

I used to want to read every book in existence. Every classic, every mystery, every spy thriller, every romance.
But that was before responsibility when I could spend all afternoon reading Nancy Drew without feeling guilty about not making supper for my children. (I’m still not good at making super but I do feel guilty about it.)
Now that reading time is more limited, I want to spend it on books and stories I have a higher probability of enjoying. I stay away from works that require deeper concentration because when reading in fits and starts it’s hard to keep track of everything. If I do choose to read something like that, it’s when I have a good chunk of time to invest. So I don’t avoid those altogether, I just need to have the right time and situation.
Some genres I will only read as a favor to another author. I might read the first in the series, but I wouldn’t continue it. These would be stories that contain anything with the occult, demons, fallen angels, vampires, devils, zombies, anything with thick ties to the underworld… you get the idea. Just typing that makes my skin bubble into goose flesh. I’ve mentioned that I get nightmares from looking at stills from Walking Dead. I had nightmares after reading Dracula. Twilight didn’t bother me too much, possibly because other things about the story bothered me more. I read The Screwtape Letters this winter and that was even a little much for me.
I tend not to read stories with magical creatures in them, but I don’t mind them as long I know they are going to appear. Something in the book blurb should mention fairies or gnomes. I don’t want to be surprised by them. One book I read had nothing in the cover art or blurb that half the characters were fairies. The story was cute, but I was confused for part of the story because I was not expecting them.
Do you like to be surprised by cross-genre elements in a story?

About Joselyn

SAHM writing romance with at a case of the giggles. Former librarian. Avid reader. Runner.
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4 Responses to I wasn’t expecting that!

  1. I don’t think I’ve read a book where I didn’t know that there was going to be some fantasy creatures in it. I can’t say that I’ve ever been surprised by them.

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  2. Many stories have been spoiled by the fact that a ghost was supposed to show up.I mean, if you are expecting a ghost,it won’t surprise you when the odd workman or old-fashioned-dressed maid turns up as one. I mean, DUH. But I can understand being lured into a fantasy world when you have no inclination to go there, or into a lurid one, for that matter.
    As for the time element, there is a big problem.I used to finish a book no matter how bad, now, I don’t have the time or patience.

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  3. jeff7salter says:

    Generally speaking, I don’t read stories about occult, demons, fallen angels, vampires, devils either.
    I like a good spooky story occasionally, but don’t want any nightmares!
    I find it pretty unusual that you encountered a story about fairies which provided no clue — in cover or blurb — that it featured fairies. Wild.

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  4. Patricia Kiyono says:

    I hardly ever read the blurb, and when I do I don’t remember it. So changes in genre would bring me up short, but I’m not sure it would bother me UNLESS it developed into a horror story. Fantasy doesn’t bother me as long as it’s not scary.

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