I don’t know if all of you suffer from the same thing, but I get very into certain genres. There will be days, weeks of me reading the same genre over and over, without even thinking of going to a different one. And believe me when I say this not an over exaggeration. But this genre-binge never ends well for me. I’ll just get extremely fed up with the genre in the end because the parallels between the books will just be overwhelmingly obvious. Or half of the books I read will pale in comparison to that other book I once read that was just so much better.
How and why do I get so caught up in genres? I don’t really know for sure, but if I had to guess it starts out with an epic book that just gets me hooked on the genre. For example, I’m pretty sure it was the Hunger Games trilogy that sent me on a dystopian book reading binge. I followed up with Delirium, Killables, the Chemical Garden trilogy, Divergent and others. But I have also had this happen with thrillers, classics and romance books. But there will always be that one book that will send me into a slight reading slump because it just doesn’t measure up to the others. Or I’ll just have read the same plot twist too many times. Or perhaps I’ll be getting tired of that cute boy with the British accent and the crooked smile. Books are written in trends and if you overindulge you’ll start to notice them.
So how have I learned to cope with this problem? I started to actively switch genres before I get fed up. So if I’ve read a couple of contemporary romance novels I’ll actively switch to another genres, even trying to mix up those which I’ve never read. Recently I’ve read my first steampunk novel and not long after I read my first zombie novel. It was a great experience for me because I hadn’t read into these genres yet and they definitely helped to keep my books entertaining. In the end I just enjoy more books if I switch it up instead of sticking with something I’m growing tired of.
So far I’ve been pretty pleased with the branching out. I have yet to be disappointed by a new genre which is definitely a good thing. There are so many other genres out there that it just seems a shame to stick to the ones I know, especially seeing as I do enjoy a lot of different things in books. There are a couple of other genres that are on my chopping block of discovery: magical realism, high fantasy, hard core sci-fi, non-fiction-y things as well (though I’m not so sure how much I’ll like it).
Do you often read inside the same genre? How do you deal with the trends in genres? Do you enjoy exploring new genres? Which ones did you enjoy and are there any that you didn’t enjoy at all?