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?