Escapists Uncensored: Slumbering in a Subgenre and Stepping Out of It

Escapists Uncensored

Escapists UncensoredI am picky about the subgenres I read.

I am kind of judgmental about which subgenres a book is classified in.

I also know that this is kind of a problem.

I’m adventurous in every facet of my life but when it comes to choosing a book and liking it, I am as stubborn as they get. It’s not that I don’t give a book a try, it’s just that when I do step out from what I know I like, I’m usually annoyingly underwhelmed.  For me, the secret word which makes me not want to read a book is romance.

Don’t stop reading! I know that many LE readers are fans of romance and if you’ve read any of my reviews, you’ve probably already guessed that I’m not. I try to approach every book with an open mind and simply take it as is so I know it’s not that I am judging the book by the cover. Since writing here at LE, I have had to cover some subgenres that I wouldn’t normally take a second glance at. Many times they even have the word romance in their library of congress classifications and I have read them and judged them fairly. I do end up being a bit disappointed though.

So you know what I do? I go to my comfort subgenres. The ones which litter my bookcases and my favorite books of all time belong to. But then something else happens. I get a bit bored. I feel like the plot is tired and overdone or unimaginative. I feel surprisingly just as unsatisfied as when I pick up a book in something that I didn’t think I’d like.

Am I the only one? I can’t be!

It’s like I am stuck between the funky smell of my old favorite blanket that just won’t go away and the tons of new blankets that just irritate my skin. I feel like Cinderella who wants to wear anything but glass and finding that nothing else fits. Or maybe I’m Goldilocks who stumbled upon the two bears who didn’t have a third to balance them out. Ok, maybe with these analogies I’m just…dare I say it…reading too much.

What do you think?

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I am a performer by trade and have been an avid reader for as long as I can remember. My bookshelves are full of many genres but I have a love of fantasy, SciFi and steampunk which have only spurred my performing dreams to help one of these fabulous worlds come to life. I tend to read books with a lot of edge and grit; if it's got zombies, space battles or fantastical steam inventions, I'm in. When I'm not reading or off making my own adventures, I can be caught watching movies of every era, gaming, and being scandalously political like any good steampunk heroine.