|might hop, might nap .... we'll see.|
This week's question comes from Lori, who asks: “Many of us primarily read one genre of books, with others sprinkled in. If authors stopped writing that genre, what genre would you start reading? Or would you give up reading completely if you couldn’t read that genre anymore?”
Hmm.... I actually don't tend to read just one genre all the time, so I had to think about this one. I do read a lot of general fiction, but within fiction, I read a lot of fantasy, some mysteries, and I also read a lot of nonfiction. I'm a book addict who happens to also be a librarian --- I'm surrounded by all kinds of books!! Frankly, if the romance books weren't being written any more (those books where the romance is the main focus of the book -- not books where there is a plot, and there happens to be a romance), I would be okay because I don't read romances (maybe one or two a year). If the entire genre of fantasy disappeared, I'd be pretty upset --- but I would just amp up my fiction reading and look for those "magical realism" books that our library shelves in the fiction section (instead of the SF/F section). I do read a lot of YA books, but I'm not quite sure I'd say YA is a genre -- because it contains books in other genres (fiction, SF, etc) and is just written with protagonists in a certain age range, and aimed at readers of a certain age. I would definitely be bummed out if those authors stopped writing, because there are a lot of really great books --- that are enjoyed by both young adults, and adults. I guess I see YA books as a category more than a genre --- which I guess means I don't need to worry about them (for this question, at least!).
Whew! Long answer! Happy Hopping, everyone!!!