This week's question is:
Why do you read the genre that you do? What draws you to it?
First things first-we need to ad an "s" to that word genre. I read many genres, and all for different reasons. Since I love lists, let's do this in list format.
1. Contemporary Fiction-I read contemporary fiction because it says something about the state of our world and society RIGHT NOW. One of the reasons I like Jodi Picoult's books is because through her (rather exaggerated) plot lines, she does explore social issues facing us in America today. Medical ethics, school shootings, religion vs. secularism, issues of family and society-contemporary fiction, while not always the most profound, can usually be relied on to be thought provoking.
2. Literary Fiction-I read literary fiction because it says something about humanity, which is usually transcendent of time or place. Unless it shows how humans are affected by time and place. At any rate, sometimes my brain needs more sustenance than others.
3. Science Fiction-Hated science, love science fiction. The best science fiction writers say something about the human experience in their work, and they tend to be rather action packed for those times when I want something fun and exciting.
4. Fantasy-I have been a fantasy fan since I read the Narnia books in sixth grade. I was given The Wishstone of Shannarah in middle school, and I was hooked. For a while in high school that was pretty much all I read.I don't read as much now as used to, but I'm still quite fond of mythical lands full of unusual races. I think this is why I like role playing games like Final Fantasy and Fable so much. It's like I'm in the story.
5. Feminist Fiction: Ummm....because I'm a feminist! Toni Morrison, Alica Walker, Margaret Atwood, Sheri Tepper, Sylvia Plath, Marge Piercy, Octavia Butler...I feel empowered just typing their names.
6. Mystery/Thrillers: They are fun, and usually easy, and often have engaging recurring characters that I enjoy reading about over time. Also, because my mother reads them and gives me all of her book when she's done with them.