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One of the great things in YA is that it offers a wide range of genres to choose from. Contemporary? Paranormal? Fantasy? Historical? Dystopian? A historical fantasy with a dash of shapeshifting vampires in a dystopian society? I’m sure it’s out there somewhere! Before our tag cloud on the sidebar, I actually didn’t realise the amount of contemporary YA I read over the other genres. I was surprised because I had never thought about the type of genre I preferred within YA. After contemporary, my most read genre is fantasy followed by a smattering of paranormal and dystopian. Then I thought about. I read contemporary because it focuses more on characters, which I like, because authors don’t have to focus on world-building of fantasy and I like the quiet moments of desperation in human nature. I really enjoy fluff too and it’s kind of hard to write fluff in while the characters are running for their lives in the other genres.

Lately, I’ve realised I’m not the biggest paranormal fan because of the common tropes. I’ve seen fantasy in YA become more prevalent since I am going to assume thanks in part to Game of Thrones’ success and I’m enjoying the surge. Fantasy lets me live in other worlds but they do take time to develop and consume. Of course, in every genre, there are the hits and misses. I’ve had my share of frustrating contemps and stellar paranormals. I don’t want to discount any genre because they are all great in their own ways and like they say, variety is the spice of life.

Do you find yourself drawn to one genre in particular? Why? Any genres you avoid?

14 Responses to “sound bite: what’s your genre?”

  1. Jordyn says:

    contemporary, though i’m loving all the ya sci-fi that seems to be coming out now.
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    • Elena says:

      Hooray for contemps! I really like the sci-fi too even though I haven’t read much of it.

  2. Celine says:

    I find myself actually quite flexible with genres! The books I’ve been reading are a mixture of different genres such as paranormal, dystopian, contemporary, fantasy and I find each genre enjoyable! But the genre that got me into reading was actually paranormal. I remember reading Twilight years ago and it made fell in love with vampires and the world of paranormal. After reading Twilight, I discovered Vampire Academy and it led me City of Bones as well. And then I started expanding my reading to other genres!

    Anyway, awesome post, Elena! <3 Thank you for sharing this with us! :)

  3. VeganYANerds says:

    I love, love, LOVE contemp! It’s my favourite genre, for exactly the reasons you mentioned, it’s so real and it can be fun and fluffy or serious and sad.

    I also enjoy fantasy, dystopian and to a much lesser extent, paranormal (though these days paranormal usually annoys me!)
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  4. I used to read mostly paranormal book several months ago, and now I find myself branching out a bit. It’s weird, although I do like a focus on characters, I’ve never really been too invested in contemporary books. It’s started to change though recently and I’ve found some great realistic books that make me want to dig deeper in the genre. High fantasy seems to be another one I’m drawing closer to. It may just be because of the trends (Game of Thrones’ success must play a part, like you said) and I have to wonder how long it will last. :D
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  5. I wouldn’t say I really avoide any particular genre, that I know of, and I LOVE trying out new things and mixing it up, but my favorite is definitely contemporay. I just love that it’s real and emotional and interesting and it deals with people like myself and people I know.
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  6. Born Bookish says:

    It’s funny because if you asked me this question a couple months ago I would have said Dystopian was my favorite genre for sure, but lately I’ve really been consumed with reading Contemporary, and the more I read the more I love that genre! My least favorites are Sci-Fi and Paranormal, but I don’t rule them out completely. It all depends on the synopsis really, if their is a book that sounds great even if I don’t usually like that genre I’ll still give it a try.
    Like you said, “variety is the spice of life.” =)
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  7. Liviania says:

    I am a huge speculative fiction fan – fantasy, science fiction, paranormal . . . anything unreal. But I do enjoy contemporary too.

    For me, style and voice are more important than genre. But I do get tired of books that are just well-worn tropes strung together.
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  8. Lately, I’m loving YA Contemporary. I’ll read a series if it really intrigues me, but I hate investing myself in them.

    I do agree with your paranormal woes, though! If I read a vampire book, I think I’d rather read a YA vampire book … I’m listening to one that’s not YA and it’s blah.

    Great discussion!
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  9. I TOTALLY read more paranormal and urban fantasy than any other genres, but, like you, the overused tropes just… well, they’re insanely overused :S It gets to a point I CRAVE something else.

    I grew up reading High Fantasy, and I’m LOVING seeing so much coming out. It is seriously exciting. I’ve been reading a stack of Dystopian recently, also… hmmm… I so need to go read my tag stats :D
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  10. Honestly, if I consider it, I’m definitely drawn to paranormal/fantasy books. I think I just enjoy the way that they can take me to into completely different worlds, especially if they’re written well. However, I do read books from various genres – and sometimes, I end up pleasantly surprised.
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  11. I read pretty much from every genre, but if I had to pick a favorite, I would say my “go-to” books usually end up being sub-genres of fantasy or science fiction. :)
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  12. Kristen says:

    I love, love, love YA fantasy! Fantasy’s been my genre of choice since I started reading. (I actually consider dystopian to be a sub genre of fantasy, and I read a bit of that too.) :) Second most read would either be YA contemp or YA/adult period (like L.M. Montgomery and Jane Austen… would we call those historical? Or Historical contemp? Or… Period contemp? Haha. I don’t know). I used to LOVE sci/fi, but it’s been harder lately for me to find sci/fi that I really like, particularly in YA. We need more good sci/fi! Maybe I just need good suggestions. I’m not so much a fan of most paranormal, but I’ll read some. :)
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  13. Contemporary for the WIIIN!! *high fives* I always end up disappointed in paranormal and dystopian book or just fantasy in general and I realized it must be ME not the genres. I also need my romance, I need it big time. So I have been favoring contemporary romance over YA contemporary lately. I also have a soft spot for historical books which you don’t see a lot of in YA. bleeh and lastly, I want mooooooooooooooore new adult!!
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