Discussion: Your Favourite Genre

I know it’s a little early in the week for a discussion post, but I just feel like mixing things up a bit.  So that’s why there’s a discussion for today and a review for tomorrow.

As you guys have noticed I read a wide variety of genres.  However, if I had to pick my absolute favourite genre it would be historical fiction.  When the right author tackles the right time period the results can be amazing.  Take, for example, Colleen McCullough’s First Man in Rome series.  It consists of massive 1000 page books but those huge page counts are needed to tell her story on that grand, epic scale I’ve come to adore.  The same can be said for Pauline Gedge’s historical novels set in ancient Egypt.  Truly, those are part of what started my obsession with ancient Egypt and they certainly kept my mind away from -40 weather on that cold, miserable Christmas.

That’s the thing about historical fiction: it’s very diverse.  There are so many time periods authors can cover and so many people within those time periods.  You can have completely made up characters, well known historical figures, obscure historical figures and/or fantastical elements.  There is just so much potential.

So what I want to know now is this: What’s your favourite genre?  Why?  Do you have more than one?

15 comments

  1. Sharon Stevenson

    I read a lot of different genres too but Urban Fantasy is my favourite. I like modern settings, supernatural creatures and an action-packed plot with twists and turns. I like to be entertained! Simon Green’s Nightside is my favourite series but I also love Kim Harrison, Jim Butcher and a ton of others.

    I’m not a big fan of historical fiction myself, however I did just read a brilliant fantasy novel in that genre so I can appreciate it if it’s just a really well written book.

    • Carrie Slager

      I can’t say as I’ve read any of those authors you mentioned, but I may just have to check them out! Urban fantasy is okay sometimes but the tropes in it can get a little tiring. I find there’s a little more variety in historical fiction if you’re strictly looking at tropes.

  2. adtrosper

    I read a lot of genres. I love historical fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, and romance (para and historical mainly). I’m very selective about romance though. I’m one of those who doesn’t care for a bunch of steamy scenes. I want romance and substance, not steam and lust.

    • Carrie Slager

      Same here. Alternate history is a good sub-genre of historical fiction but I personally prefer historical fiction with fantastical elements if I had to pick a sub-genre. Stuff like Jo Graham’s Numinous World series or The King’s Man trilogy by Pauline Gedge.

      • Phillip McCollum

        Oh, now you have my attention! One of the books I’m writing is historical fiction with fantasy elements (Japanese shapeshifters set in Gold Rush-era California). What books in that genre do you recommend? I’m always looking for more to read.

        • Carrie Slager

          Well, obviously the ones I mentioned in my comment above (particularly The King’s Man trilogy) but here are some others I’d recommend: The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova (Dracula story!), Lily of the Nile by Stephanie Dray (this is more YA), the Northwest Passage series (has some time travel but no magic), Troy by Adèle Geras (for a mediocre example), An Earthly Knight by Janet McNaughton (a Tam Linn retelling) and The Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer (lots of awesome fantastical elements in this one). I’ve reviewed all of these here on my blog if you want to check them out.

  3. lostbeyondthewall

    My favourite genres are historical and fantasy; and if the two are somehow combined, so much the better. You’re so right when you say that historical fiction is diverse – so many fantastic characters and time periods to explore! And yet, for all that, I do tend to stick to the same kind of stories.

    • Carrie Slager

      Historical fantasy is definitely one of my favourite sub-genres to be sure. I still like straight historical fiction or alternative history, but historical fantasy will definitely always be my favourite.

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