We love books! What’s not to love about them? They bring magic into our lives! Happiness, sadness, surprise, epiphanies, life lessons, and love – books give us them.
But there’s no denying that we have our favorites. Let me list mine (in no particular order):
Urban Fantasy (YA)
I love urban fantasy (although sometimes I’m not sure what it encompasses). I first saw it tagged to Harry Potter and Percy Jackson type books, which I love. Many of the urban fantasy stories I love feature young heroes and heroines from this world who suddenly find themselves in the midst of a hidden battle between magical or mythical creatures. Or like The Healer by CJ Anaya, which features characters from Japanes mythology. These types of stories were my first love. They literally dripped with magic, and at the age of twelve, what more could I have wanted in a story?
Oh, romance comedies are just, well, funny. They were cute and sweet, and although I rarely experience such “kilig” or sweet moments in real life (maybe I’m demi-romantic?), I have fun reading stories that make me laugh and say, “Aww.” My favorites have been Meg Cabot, Janet Evanovich, and Lynda Renham, although Plum Sykes’ Bergdorf Blondes was one of the funniest I’ve ever read.
And then there are, of course, romances that don’t necessitate comedy and laugh out loud moments. I’m biased here – the only one I really anticipate are from Nora Roberts, like the Chesapeake Bay series. I loved those books, about four brothers and their families. It was a beautiful story about family and love. Never had I cried and laughed so much for a romance story.
I will always love a good mystery. I mean, who doesn’t? It must be all the Sherlock and Criminal Minds stuff I encounter. Either way, a good whodunnit is always a nice read. Even a good thriller like Grift by Jason Mosberg, although not a mystery, was a cool YA heist run. Not to mention Dane Curse by Matt Abraham is a detective fiction with a twist – the entire world has real superheroes and supervillains.
My favorite, though, currently is The Alienist series by Caleb Carr, set in 1896 New York City. So you could imagine my surprise and joy when I learned that a TV show was on the way.
Stephen King, I sing your praise! The Stand, The Walk, The Dark Half, Hearts in Atlantis… I could go on, but there are still other storytellers like Tamara Jones who also deal with the dark and macabre (seriously, I felt something crawl up my spine when I read her Spore).
I don’t encounter much high- or low-fantasy that grabs me. Of course there’s GoT (but I watch instead of read – I’m still in, like, book one). I guess The School for Good and Evil is under this, too. I love that book. It’s a strange and new retelling of fairy tales, but this time, the focus is on what is truly good and evil. The characters were amazing – both Good and Evil! Then, of course, The Lord of the Rings, The Kingmaker, Kingbreaker series, and a whole lot more.
I love history simply because – it’s about stories! And I especially love it when books speculate and wonder, what if he was a meek soldier? What if she did this because of that? We’ll never truly know the entire story of the past, but that’s why it’s such a beautiful thing to imagine and wonder. Many of the historical fiction I like, though, are whodunnits as well (The Sherlockian, The Alienist, The Dracula Dossier, etc.). Of course, the classics like The Count of Monte Cristo will always be in my heart.
I’m also sure that many of us bloggers out there are aspiring novelists. I’m currently doing some crime fiction for a workshop I’m in, although I’ll probably be doing a lot more of urban fantasy.
And you? In what genres do you imagine writing your stories?