Last week, we had the favourite genres of authors. This time, we look at the other side, the least favourite. Of course, authors usually love to read, but that doesn’t mean they read everything. It’s very useful to read a wide variety of genres, but what would our authors stay away from? Let’s find out. Below is the cover of a book that was voted most hated according to several polls.
I’ve never purposefully read a western. They don’t appeal to me. I also avoid most types of romance — modern, historical, suspense, and even paranormal despite the fact that it often crosses over with Urban Fantasy. (I’m not a big fan of Urban Fantasy either.) I’m just not interested in stories based on the forging of a romantic relationship. That being said, I’ve read some good books that were fantasy-romance and one that was a superhero-romance! I just need the balance to tip more toward the fantasy- or superhero-side than the romance side.
Everything other than science fiction, thrillers, and fantasy.
Chick lit is definitely right at the top of the list. Sorry ladies, but even though I’m one of you, I just don’t get you. Most of the kinds of things that chick lit stories tend to be about make me gag and pray for the female gender to both lighten up and learn to not take themselves so seriously.
I’m not much of a sci-fi fan—although the speculative fiction isn’t bad. It’s the crazy stuff with aliens or weird creatures that I have a hard time wrapping my brain around. I admire those who have the creativity to write it, but I appreciate it only from a safe distance.
Is “kids get lost in the wild and/or live miles away from anyone else” considered a genre? I sure had to read enough of it in school for it to seem like one, and possibly because of having it forced on me, I really dislike it now. (Though it can’t be entirely because of that, because I did like the majority of the assigned books that didn’t fall into that category.)
(Seriously, who picks the stuff that’s required reading in school? For me it was 25% classics, 5% popular children’s literature, and 70% crap about kids in the woods.)
Strictly romance novels put me to sleep. I can’t stop myself from ever wanting to shake my two protagonists and screaming in their faces, “GET YOUR SHIT TOGETHER AND HAVE SEX AND BE HAPPY TOGETHER ALREADY.” But, by the same token, stories with no romance whatsoever, of any genre, also bore me, unless it’s to do with a protagonist who is asexual/aromantic. Otherwise, I feel like I’m being slighted a side of a character I wanna know better.
Crime and Steampunk. I’ve tried to like both. Really, I have. It would seem that because I enjoy writing dark and violent characters that I should enjoy novels that get inside the heads of those sort of people, but I just can’t seem to get into the books. Same with Steampunk. I like historical and I like sci-fi, but this particular blending hasn’t grabbed my interest enough to get me past chapter three of a book yet.
Romance and horror. I don’t even have to think about this. I have read romance, but I’ve out grown it. I have “accidentally” read a few recent romances, but there was more to it than just a love story. I don’t read horror because I don’t like to be scared. My brain makes it so much worse.
Westerns. Cowboys and Indians always feel slightly dusty and leave me wanting to drink… and not water.
My least favorite genre is romance. There’s no real reason for it, but romance just doesn’t do it for me. I’m also unlikely to read comedy. Keeping in mind the previous week’s question, perhaps I just take literature too seriously.
Romance is my least favourite. I won’t touch it. It’s not written for my demographic, anyway. I don’t particularly like novels written for teens that are filled with angst, like a certain sparkly vampire series, either.
How about you?
Is there a genre that you just won’t touch? Let us know in the comments below.