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?