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Poll: What's Your Favorite READING Genre?
Mainstream Fiction
--- 4 (12.5%)
ChickLit
--- 1 (3.13%)
Fantasy
--- 4 (12.5%)
Science Fiction
--- 4 (12.5%)
True Crime
-- 0 (0%)
Suspense
--- 3 (9.38%)
Horror
--- 3 (9.38%)
Romance
--- 1 (3.13%)
Light Erotica
-- 0 (0%)
Erotica
--- 1 (3.13%)
Pornography
-- 0 (0%)
History
--- 2 (6.25%)
Non-Fiction
--- 1 (3.13%)
Religion
-- 0 (0%)
History
-- 0 (0%)
Other --- 8 (25%)

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[*] posted on 1/16/2008 at 03:36 AM
What's Your Favorite READING Genre?


When you are reading just for pleasure, what is your favorite genre to read? (you can say why in the comments too if you want!)



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[*] posted on 2/4/2008 at 07:22 AM


I voted Horror - big Stephen king fan. But I read a lot of other stuff too. Mystery, Harry Potter, Bio's, gardening stuff. Weird stuff to help me with my own writing.

Not as much lately. My arms have been awful, hard to hold a book. And my eyes are dry and blurry. I have some health issues.

I used to mow through 1000 pgs in 3 days. Now it takes a month.

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I am really wanting to save my pennies for a Kindle for those reasons, just for not having to hold the pages open and being able to enlarge the font. Bliss, I'm thinking, lol.

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[*] posted on 2/4/2008 at 01:04 PM


I enjoy reading fantasy the most, although my personal library is chock full of horror, fantasy, suspense, and - mostly - non-fiction.

I just finished reading "Alive" which is the story of the Uruguayan rugby team that crashed up in the Andes in the 1970s.




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[*] posted on 2/4/2008 at 02:33 PM


They made "Alive" into a fairly bad movie in the 1990s, I think. I mean I think the movies wa 90s. I know it was bad. Saw it in the theater.

I read mostly suspense with a good dose of horror and crime fiction, some fantasy and some hard science fiction. My preferance, though not listed, is speculative fiction, a la Tom Clancy and dark future (is that sci fi?) like The Postman. The book rocked even if Kevin Costner made it into a substandard movie.

Along those lines, I loved the concept of "The Road" but hated the writing style. I'm actually hoping the rewrite for the movie will take an interesting premise to a good story.

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[*] posted on 2/4/2008 at 02:53 PM


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They made "Alive" into a fairly bad movie in the 1990s


The book was rather badly written as well. I can't imagine making a movie about it.

Speculative fiction covers fantasy, sci-fi, and horror, from what I understand. I don't know anything about the specific books you mentioned, but anything futuristic that focuses on science or technological advances would be sci-fi. Dark future themes would probably be called dystopian, or urban fantasy if there are paranormal elements.




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[*] posted on 2/4/2008 at 03:01 PM


I specifically prefer the stuff that is post-apocalyptic or near future... probably more toward the dystopian.
The Road one a pulitzer prize for literature in 2006, I think. The author also worte "All the Pretty Horses"...Cormac McCarthy, I think? Anyway, the writing made me crazy. Bad grammar, incomplete thoughts, choppy sentences. It was a nightmare.
Can't tell you who wrote The Postman, but it was published late 80s or early 90s and is about a post-apocalyptic world where one man begins to reform civilization and bring people hope by re-establishing the postal service. He is a reluctant hero, who just got thrust into greatness when he scavenged a postal uniform and letter carrier's bag from a skeleton. Great book, horrid movie.




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[*] posted on 2/4/2008 at 05:06 PM


Sounds like the kind of thing I'd like. Adding The Postman to my list of books to check out.



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[*] posted on 4/2/2008 at 10:01 PM


I answered History because of my obsessive approach to Patrick O'Brian novels - I start at the beginning of the Aubrey/Maturin books, and it is like a song that gets stuck in your head! I have to keep reading until I get to the bitter end again.

I also love crime fiction - especially the older stuff that really develops a sense of place and time. Edmund Crispin comes to mind immediately. And, yes, I know that he indulges in a bit of stereotype, but it is a delightfully reinvented stereotype that makes it so very enjoyable. Rex Stout got a bit bogged down in the Nero Wolfe novels, but they are still fun, and, at their worst, it is like visiting old friends who aren't particularly amusing just now, but you know that they will pick up later. The same might be said for Dorothy Sayers, but, at her very worst, she is still sparkling. What keeps Sayers work fresh is the fact that she was obviously hopelessly in love with Lord Peter, and that comes through in every description.

I also enjoy self-important, “literary” fiction. Hem always wanted to be the greatest author in the English language, and he very nearly accomplished his goal. In high-school my dear English teacher, Granny Davidson, informed me that Hemingway was a pubescent taste that I would surely grow out of as I matured. And I did. And then I grew back into it. Hemingway has an appeal for young boys, and for old, pot-bellied men, and I can read the best over and over and over again. I can even read some of the mediocre over and over again – it is just when he is getting all soppy that I cannot stand him.

So, I suppose the short form is that I just like reading. History is a good genre to claim, as you can look down your nose at most of the others from there, as long as the historical novels you are claiming as your favorites are of decent quality, but it is just a claim. I really believe that the best novels, in any genre, are those that transcend the genres which they are lumped into. As I mentioned elsewhere, The Difference Engine is a prime example of this, as are the Aubrey/Maturin novels. They are well written books with rich characters and fascinating stories to tell. The genre is incidental.

If you will pardon my getting all quotey for a moment, I was reading an essay by Sayers recently wherein she described the creation of Lord Peter, and it analyzes perfectly the reasons I read and write:


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[*] posted on 4/2/2008 at 10:49 PM


I haven't taken part in this poll because I can't narrow it down to just one favorite reading genre. I enjoy several including...

Non-fiction
History
Main Stream
Suspense
ChickLit




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[*] posted on 4/2/2008 at 11:01 PM


I voted other. I like whatever grabs my attention, for whatever reason, every genre. I seem to be very eclectic in every taste from music, to art, books, foods, people and so forth. I like keeping my mind open to possibilities. It makes the world interesting.



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[*] posted on 4/3/2008 at 10:02 AM


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I voted Horror - big Stephen king fan. But I read a lot of other stuff too. Mystery, Harry Potter, Bio's, gardening stuff. Weird stuff to help me with my own writing.

Not as much lately. My arms have been awful, hard to hold a book. And my eyes are dry and blurry. I have some health issues.

I used to mow through 1000 pgs in 3 days. Now it takes a month.

:embaressed:

I am really wanting to save my pennies for a Kindle for those reasons, just for not having to hold the pages open and being able to enlarge the font. Bliss, I'm thinking, lol.

:roll:


Rudy, my mom would read 1000+ pages in one sitting most nights. I remember bringing home 7 - 1000+ page books from the Library on a Tuesday. By Friday I was taking them all back because mom had finished each of them. To make matters worse was she could recall almost everything she read.

As for what I picked from the poll I picked other like LaurieM. I read must anything, at any time.




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[*] posted on 4/3/2008 at 10:42 AM


I feel discriminated against and disenfranchised because horsey lit wasn't one of the choices. Are you trying to advance the vast conspiracy to repress horse lovers?



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[*] posted on 7/28/2008 at 09:46 PM


Besides toothpaste tubes and the manufacturer's labels inside womens shoes, I'd have to go with:
1 -- Author Interviews -- as in my prized collection of The Paris Review Writers At Work Series.
2 -- The Beats -- Poetry, fiction and stories of NYC.
3 -- Lit Criticism.
4 -- Poetry -- Yeats, Whitman, Adrienne Rich, Ho Chi Minh, the English Trench Poets, my friend and Professor -- Pat Atwood, and friend Dustin Roberts.
5 -- Drama -- a bunch a faves here.
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[*] posted on 7/28/2008 at 10:02 PM


Sci- Fi is my favorite, but like many here, I just love to read, so I spend time with most genres sometimes.

P.S. Michy - History is on the poll twice. Perhaps I should be reading more history. . .




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[*] posted on 7/28/2008 at 10:06 PM


Huh. It is.

And to think, I don't even LIKE history.




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[*] posted on 7/28/2008 at 10:43 PM


Horror / fantasy here - SK rules!

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Fantasy/sci-fi, all the way. Every time I pick a fantasy novel I end up reading into the wee hours to finish it. :) Memoirs are a very close second ... I guess that falls under "other" ... But then again, memoirs are certainly not all created equal. I guess the ones I have read all fall on my "favorite books" list.

I read a little bit of everything now, though -- when I have the time. I browse through a bookstore like some people shop for groceries. Weaving up and down the aisles, looking for an interesting "package." I read the book jacket/back cover and decide from that and/or the first chapter if it's worth the buy ... I have discovered some amazing authors this way.




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[*] posted on 11/17/2008 at 12:49 AM


My fave genre is "inspirational" and it's not on the list so I guess it belongs to "others"? I just love reading stories that will inspire and motivate me. Stories that I could relate in some way or another.

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[*] posted on 11/17/2008 at 07:12 AM


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[*] posted on 11/17/2008 at 08:08 AM


If I could possibly fit all of our books in the house, I could average them out and see. Rather pointless as I already know the answer, fantasy!

I need a library room, which would have to be added on to the house.

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History of WWII
Automotive (other)
Mysteries of the world (other)
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