Why We Love Our Genres

by Tee Tate

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I am a bona fide fantasy nerd. Epic fantasy, to be exact. I like the long series, the ones that spans multiple books, multiple years (sometimes decades) of publication, and certainly multiple imaginary lands.

The appeal, for me, lies is the utter escapism that fantasy offers. Not only are the stories told completely outside the realm of my own life, they’re outside the realm of possibility. The writer’s imagination is unlimited by our physical reality, which means that mine is as well. Even real-life equivalencies don’t hold a candle to the picture a good story conjures in my head for the specific reason that it’s in my head, and therefore can take on the quality that makes the greatest impact on me.  And then, of course, there are all of the qualities that make a story a fantasy: most notably magic and foreign creatures. Through fantasy novels, we can steep ourselves in an entirely alien culture and landscape without leaving the comfort of our own homes.

Reading is my way of escaping the world around me, a vacation in the palm of my hand. The further away it is from real life, the more of a vacation I get. After all, if I wanted to deal with my real life, I would deal with my real life.

-Elisha Dew

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Ibrahim 27 March, 2013 - 12:01 pm

I’m actually kind of the same way. I have a TBR stack, but that’s manily because I can never buy just one book and I get a bunch sent to me. I’ll just look at it and whatever catches my eye is generally the next one to get read (unless there is a review deadline for a certain book).The only reason I have a spreadsheet is because of all the books I come across. When I first started reading UF/PNR, I didn’t know that many authors, so when I went asking for suggestions, I received a TON. My TBR list at the time was around 90 novels; now its over 700 and there’s no way I would remember them all. I’ve joined challenges, but purely for fun. I never take them serious and I rarely finish all of them. I know this year I’ll be lucky to finish one and I’m even hosting one.

Marjorie Roy 10 January, 2014 - 11:31 am

Most of the books I read are mysteries, I just enjoy reading anything with a good “who done it”.
Keeps the mind thinking like a good math question.

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