Musing About Things: Those Sub-genres You Don’t Read


Hi guys, welcome to Book Munchies’ Musing about Things: A Discussion (Post). Inspired by memes such as Should Be Reading‘s Musing Monday & Caffeinated Book Reviewer‘s Caffeinated Confessions (etc.), this is a Book Munchies discussion post, where I’ll be rambling about (mostly) book-related things and hopefully you guys will join in on the fun too (:

So today’s topic is: Those Genres You Don’t Read

Everyone has their favourite sub-genres (mine are ones with magic/dragons/fairy tales), but what about the those (very specific) ones you just can’t get into. For me, it’s books with fairies and mermaids. It has become some-what of an irrational dislike for those types of books.

Sorry, Ariel. It’s me, not you. Mostly.

I don’t know what is about them, but for some reason I just can’t. I’ve read a few fairy books but never loved them (and no, I haven’t read Julie Kagawa’s series yet….) and I’ve been trying to read a mermaid book for ages, but for the life of me can’t get into them. Sigh.

Between those two, I have yet to find one that I really want to read or enjoyed. The only exception is Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, which feel I was sort of tricked into since the fae aspect didn’t really pop up until later in the series and it was too late to back out, ha. But I bring this up because Maas’ new series A Court of Throne and Roses is about faes. And I’m super tempted to pick it up because I do love her books, but I fear my dislike for faes will be problematic.

Oh, and very vampires and werewolves based books I’ve taken a indefinite hiatus from too. Since The Coldest Girl in Coldtown (which drove me bonkers), I haven’t read any. There was Ilona Andrew’s Clean Sweep (which I loved), but that one’s more the characters happen to be a vampire or a werewolf and less because they are, if you know what I mean. I did love vampires and werewolves once upon a time and I might go back one day, but until than I’ll stick to ones were they’re not the highlight of the book.

Bye, Nosferatu! I’ll see you later!

Do you guys have any genre that’s a no-go, irrational or not? Or are you a pretty free-for-all, “I’ll read all the things (if the synopsis appeals to me)!” kind of person?

Any ones that you’ve taken a break from? – because you’re bored of them, or many a bad experience have turned you off of them?

Author: Cyn

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0 Replies to “Musing About Things: Those Sub-genres You Don’t Read”

  1. Yup, there are a few subgenres I can’t read, I totally agree with the mermaids. I’m not a big fan of werewolf books, and fae books have to be really highly recommended for me to even consider them. On top of that, I can’t read about incest or paedophilia, or teacher/student relationships *shudders*

    1. Yuuuup, no teacher/student relationship for me! I once read this NA with like step-siblings (her mom and his dad got married or something) and it was kind of weird.

      What is it about mermaids!? I loved The Little Mermaid, but books apparently isn’t mah thang, haha. Yup, same with the fae books. Glad I’m not the only one!

  2. For me, it would be vampires, zombies, and urban fantasy. It’s’ not that I don’t like the dark side, as I thoroughly enjoy dark thrillers….but I like reality. Yes, hard to imagine, right? When I read a book, I want it to be about something that could actually happen. I don’t even like many dystopian books, although some seem plausible, so I’ll read them.

    Thanks for sharing…and here’s my BLUE MONDAYS MUSINGS POST

    1. I’ve recently gotten into urban fantasy, but still no to the vampires! Some dystopians are definitely more plausible than others, haha.

  3. Ha — so many. I agree with you on Fae (they’re creepy) and mermaids (land vs. sea plots: yawn.) Also not a fan of werewolves (too hairy) and zombies (body parts dangling all over the place.) And I’m with Jeann — not crazy about the romanticization of teacher-student relationships. I’m also not a fan of child abduction/abuse plots. Or animal cruelty. There could be more! My list is longer than I thought…
    Jen at YA Romantics

    1. I’m glad I’m not the only! I don’t mind zombies too much, but that’s a bit more of a rarity. Agree, not a huge fan of teacher/student either. Haha, thinking about it, I think my list is surprisingly long too!

  4. If I’m spenging my time on a book I prefer to read something I’m sure to like 🙂
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    1. that should read ‘spending’ time on a book 🙂

    2. That definitely makes sense!

  5. Not a huge mermaid person, or zombies (especially zombie love..gross). Not huge on sci-fi.

    1. I love sci-fi, haha. But agree to the mermaids, and I’m not a huge zombie fan either!

  6. I know exactly what you mean. The ones I avoid tend to be very very specific, like “dystopians where a very normal person has super powers and becomes wanted by the government” type books. I’ve read those books and loved them, but at first glance, they don’t sound very appealing.

    1. I’m glad I’m not the only one with very specific avoidance, haha.

  7. Mermaids…. I have tried and tried, and never have I found a mermaid book that I have enjoyed. I am not sure why. There really isn’t anything specific that I can point to. I just can’t seem to get involved with the story or the characters. It stinks, because I want to like all of these stories that people rave about, but I just don’t. I do love Fae stories though. But i am picky about them. I am sure there are more, but I honestly cannot think of any others at the moment. If I do, I know where to come and tell everyone about it! Thank you for the great post!

    1. I know what you mean! isn’t it strange, oh well, guess it’s not our thing! Sometimes you just have to be picky, haha.
      Thanks for stopping by!

  8. I have never actually found a mermaid book, so I am wondering what I’ve missed out on! Or should I be grateful I have missed out on them? 🙂 As much as I try to be open to books, yeah, I do have my fave genres I stick too — I love urban fantasy, but I’ll avoid things with vampires and werewolves because there’s not much new happening there. I keep looking for new supernatural creatures in the genre or normal people thrust into it. I tend to avoid any thing with shades of way too much romance to the point that’s all the book is about, but on the other hand, I’m open to any book that does the romance well, and allows the characters to grow.

    I avoid biographies as well, and contemporary drama-like tales, if that makes sense? Does that make sense? And dystopians, i avoid them as well. I haven’t even read or watched Hunger Games. They really don’t appeal to me at all.

    This was a cool question, got me thinking!

    1. I haven’t found any mermaid that I like, so I don’t think you’re missing out on too much, haha. I love urban fantasy, too! I don’t mind vampires and werewolves as long as it’s not the main point of the story. I don’t read a lot of biographies, but I do like celebrity autobiographies (:

  9. I too struggle with mermaids. I recently read and enjoyed Undertow..but didn’t think of them as mer-people for some reason. As for the rest I will read them all..just not heavy doses. I like to mix it up on the daily.

    1. I’m happy to hear you found one that you enjoyed! I’m still struggling to find one I like :/ You read such a crazy variety! I want to try to branch out more (:

  10. I don’t read a lot of fantasy to begin with, and I didn’t even know there were mermaid books! And what is Steampunk? I know what it is in the design world, but literature?

    1. Yeah, mermaids were pretty in for a while. I really like steampunk, it’s more like a alternate time frame, like Victorian era but with lots of gears and tech, haha.

  11. I don’t mind most fantastical genres – it’s the normal ones that throw me off. Like medical thrillers or mysteries or just plain old adult contemporary. Not my favorites.

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    1. I actually don’t read a tone of ‘normal’ either except for the romance genre, so I know how you feel!

  12. Rachel @ Rachel's Reading Corner says: Reply

    I’m not a huge fan of zombies. Maybe its just the gore – I’m a faint-at-the-sight-of-blodd kinf of person – but that’s a no-go subgenre for me! I am also not a huge fan of vampires. Oh, and space dystopians. I dont’ like them.

    Fantastic discussion post! 🙂

  13. I remember Kim recommended some Patricia Briggs novels to me before, but when I read the summary I knew that I wasn’t going to read the books as I don’t read anything supernatural (not only with werewolves, but also with mermaids, vampires, zombies, etc.). Though it’s funny because I don’t mind ghost stories especially a romance ghost story. Totally didn’t realize that Sarah J. Maas’ new book has fae elements in it, which is making me reconsider reading the book even though everyone keeps raving about how awesome it is.

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