I’m All Over the Place

Blue 52

What genres do I read and why is the question we’re discussing this week. It’s a hard one for me to answer because I’ve read a lot of different genres.

I guess romance is right there at the top of the list. I like to write romance, which I don’t think I could do if I didn’t enjoy it. Romances by nature are emotional, and I do like a book that engages my emotions. Most of them have a happily ever after ending, which is so satisfying. People like to think that things can work out in our imperfect world.

I also enjoy reading alternative history. I read one book where the Nazis won World War II. It was very tense, but it did have a good ending. I guess most of us have wondered ‘what if’ at some time or other.

I used to read Stephen King and scare myself to death. I still shiver when I think of Salem’s Lot or Pet Cemetery. I can’t do that anymore, though. I don’t like being scared to go to bed.

I’ve also read a lot of young adult novels. I worked in the school system for thirty five years, and I wanted to be able to recommend something for the kids to read. I also was curious about what they were reading and liked. I read Twilight because that was what the kids were reading.

Science fiction can be fun if it doesn’t bog down in too many technological details as can cozy mysteries, dystopian fiction, westerns, and thrillers. I used Blue 52 as an example of a cross genre novel. It’s a cross between a mystery, thriller, romance with a dash of science fiction thrown in.

So, what about you? Do you have a favorite genre, or do you read all over like me?

About Elaine Cantrell

Elaine Cantrell was born and raised in South Carolina. She has a Master’s Degree in Personnel Services from Clemson University and is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary sorority for women educators. She is also a member of Romance Writers of America. Her first novel A New Leaf was the 2003 winner of the Timeless Love Contest and was published in 2004 by Oak Tree Press. When she isn't writing you can find Elaine playing with her dog or maybe collecting more vintage Christmas ornaments
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10 Responses to I’m All Over the Place

  1. Patricia Kiyono says:

    You certainly do have eclectic taste! I’ve never been able to read (or watch) horror stories. My granddaughters read the Twilight and Hunger Games books and loved them, but I couldn’t bring myself to do it. I agree with you, we wouldn’t be able to write romance if we didn’t enjoy reading them.


    • Elaine Cantrell says:

      I’ve never read the Hunger Games, but I thought Twilight was okay. The vampires were good and only drank animal blood, not human. Still, I don’t approve of the way Edward was always trying to control Bella.


  2. Jeff Salter says:

    I haven’t yet had a chance to read Blue-52, but I like this hybrid you described: “cross between a mystery, thriller, romance with a dash of science fiction thrown in.”


  3. Oh, yes, I am all over the palce as well.And I do enjoy the way Stephen King writes, even if I don’t particularly enjoy the story,(although I stopped on two of them.) He does not frighten me, but we have a book written by an exorcist and I can tell you,I refused to read it until Joe-the-Husband retired, and even so, have not finished it.


    • Elaine Cantrell says:

      No exorcist books for me! I tried to read The Exorcist which is only fiction, and I couldn’t do it. It was just too scary.


  4. trishafaye says:

    It seems to be common that many people read across different genres. I used to devour Stephen King…until Pet Cemetery. My oldest son was a toddler, about the same age as the boy in the story. When he got hit by the semi – well – that was it for Stephen King. He does know how to bring a scene to life!
    The only book of his I’ve read since is On Writing. (Although I still believe he’s a master at the craft.)


    • Elaine Cantrell says:

      I believe Pet Cemetery was the last Stephen King I ever read. There was something so horrible about the little boy that I could never read anything from Stephen King again.

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  5. A book where the Nazis won. Wow, I don’t think I could read that. I do enjoy reading several genres. I read several different ones. I don’t read horror though. The closest I ever got was RL Stine in middle school and high school.


    • Jeff Salter says:

      I read a book of “alternate fiction” in which the Germans succeeded in Operation Sea Lion, and invaded the British Islands. I found it fascinating. Don’t recall how it ended.


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