Somewhat related to my post the other day about reading, but more on what I read that why I read. I’ve been going on and on here in my blog about loving fantasy (mostly YA) but when I look back and think about it, I’m not really sure how I ended up realizing that fantasy is the genre of my choice. I think it was a gradual way of gravitating towards the genre. Like I mentioned before, I’ve always liked to read but I didn’t have preferences. I mostly read what other people thought of as good, so a lot of classics and bestsellers. When I started working, that’s when I got to choose the books that I bought. Those choices reflected my tastes more and more.
I remember sitting in our old office talking to my previous co-workers about books that they liked and then writing down the titles in a piece of paper. I checked out most of the books that they recommended but came to realize that some of the books that they found fascinating were just okay for me, they didn’t really speak to me. So I looked at the books that I already had and which were the ones that I loved – Harry Potter, the Bartimaeus trilogy, His Dark Materials just to name a few. I searched for communities and forums online and lurked and noted down book recommendations. It took me sometime to figure out what are the kinds of books that I like. As I read more books, I became more particular in choosing the books that I buy, checking out reviews, star ratings in Amazons and waiting for people that I know have the same taste to recommend the books. There is so much out there! I have a huge TBR (to be read) pile and I still have a lot on my wishlist. You know the saying “so many books, so little time”? That is so true.
Anyway, I think the point of my rambling here is I think I like fantasy because it takes me out of this world and yet I could still relate to the characters because of the way they think and the way they feel. Even if the setting is different, people are inherently the same. Also, I think I like to read fantasy because I live vicariously through the characters. My favorite main characters are warrior women with strong personalities. I think that says something about me, that I want to be a warrior if I could. Hahaha. I’ve also noticed that most of these characters also have romantic interests and of course, they usually have happy endings. Which I think means I’m a hopeless romantic. Because of that, I’m thinking of trying out another genre – paranormal romance because it’s fantasy with romance, right? With emphasis on the romance part, I guess. The Booksmugglers have some interesting suggestions in their site.
So, what do you like to read and why do you think you like that?