Tag: Genre Talk

Are Adults Ruining YA? (Spoiler: Kinda Sorta Yes *ducks and hides*)

Are Adults Ruining YA? (Spoiler: Kinda Sorta Yes *ducks and hides*)

Posted August 11, 2021 in Bookish Things // 2 Comments

Newsflash: YA books aren’t written for an adult audience. I know, shocking.  Especially because an adult is writing this.. I love reading YA because I feel it’s such a period of hope and possibility for protagonists.  I’m also a big fan of not having a bunch of graphic sex scenes, which can be rampant in adult fantasy.  Since fantasy is my favorite genre (give me all the dragons and magic) I choose to put up with the love triangles and cheesy crushes over seduction and sweaty bodies.  Thanks, no thanks. This means that I have to be really careful when it […]

What a Lot of Modern Fantasy Could Learn From Tess of the Road

What a Lot of Modern Fantasy Could Learn From Tess of the Road

Posted August 2, 2021 in Bookish Things // 1 Comment

In the last couple of decades, fantasy books have evolved.  A genre that used to focus heavily on adventure, good vs. evil, and romance is now more nuanced.  I love it so much when authors write fantasy stories filled with myth and magic but still take time to address real, relevant concerns and experiences.  Not just flash and action – real human stories. More fantasy novels do that lately, with particular emphasis on sexism and racism.  I think both of those are fantastic, I really do.  But I also love the more granular approaches to some of the quieter concerns […]

Opinion:  Romance Makes the LEAST Intriguing Dystopia Plot

Opinion: Romance Makes the LEAST Intriguing Dystopia Plot

Posted March 1, 2021 in Bookish Things // 2 Comments

I’ve always loved dystopian worlds, for as long as I remember.  It’s intriguing to see the world redrafting to an “ideal” state… and then watch it fall apart.  Over the years I’ve fallen in love with dystopian novels (Fahrenheit 451, Feed, The Hunger Games) and movies (The Island is my absolute favorite, but themes from The Matrix have stuck with me just as strongly) and as I get older, I find… I’m still not sick of this genre. I’m not sick of it… but to my tastes, I’ve learned there are some plots that pull me in more than others. In January, I […]

The Horror Genre:  Books vs. Movies and How They Differ

The Horror Genre: Books vs. Movies and How They Differ

Posted October 9, 2020 in Bookish Things, Reading // 6 Comments

Horror movies freak me out. I have haunted childhood memories of watching things like The Sixth Sense and ‘Salem’s Lot and not being able to deal with the scary images.  Something causes those images to stick with me and make me want to curl up under my covers like a caterpillar in its cocoon and wear a lot of silver.  Also, I’m well versed in the ways to keep vampires away. Even though vampires don’t exist.  And I know this.  But they still freak me out.  Especially in movies.  For example, I can only do comedic zombie movies (Shaun of the Dead is […]

The Lures & Dangers of Escapism in Fantasy

The Lures & Dangers of Escapism in Fantasy

Posted May 25, 2020 in Bookish Things // 1 Comment

I have always loved fantasy.  A few years ago, I actually wrote an… enthusiastic post on the fantasy genre and why it appeals to me, but to briefly review, fantasy has this aspect of being “larger than life”.  While it requires a great deal of suspension of disbelief from the reader, the fantasy genre offers opportunities to exist in a place of impossible things. For that, most than anything, I adore fantasy.  I love the feel of impossibility, of magic and dragons and being able to do something to change the world through great acts of heroism. And yes you can […]