Have you ever read too much of a single genre?
In a previous week, we discussed branching out into other genres. After all, if we only read in a select handful of genres, there is the possibility that we’re limiting ourselves, we’re limiting our imaginations. Yet, as I’ve continued reading in my preferred genres over the past few weeks, I’ve noticed something along those lines that’s… a little curious.
I have been really trying to catch up on books on my bookshelf and the few ARCs or books I’ve received for review. Oddly enough, most of those books happen to be fantasy (even though I consider myself more of a scifi geek), but the truth is that much of YA leans heavily into the realm of fantasy. As such, it’s been flooding my TBR lately. While I enjoy fantasy and there’s never anything wrong with reading fantasy, I’m starting to notice a couple of unfortunate things.
1) Repetitive Plots
2) Repetitive Character Types
3) Repetitive Worlds
Now, I’m not saying I’ve seen this in all the fantasy books I’ve read as of late, but there have been some trends. Worst part, it starts to seem like all the fantasy books are… well, the same. I see too much of the same stuff across a variety of different fantasy books and authors and writing styles. This is awful because each of those stories is great, but I can’t stop myself from comparing them to the previous books I read. Or worse, growing excessively bored because it feels like a story I literally just read. But it’s not! *sigh* Yet, it’s because of this frustration that I have to ask myself:
Am I overloading on fantasy books?
I ask this because while most readers have a small niche of books they read, I know of very few (if any) people that read only a single genre. They at least dabble in a couple of other genres, right? That keeps it a little fresh, doesn’t it? Or perhaps I’m just reading in the same fantasy niche and that’s why? I mean, most of the books I’ve read have been high fantasy and it seems like high fantasy draws in a certain plot and certain characters. Maybe if I read a little low fantasy or urban fantasy or portal fantasy or something? I dunno.
Or maybe I just need to get my nose out of the fantasy realm for a while. Don’t get me wrong, though! I love magic. I love fantasy. But I think there comes a time when people just get sick of reading in a particular genre. (Personally, I get sick of writers writing about the same plots in that genre. Like… this is a brand new fantasy world and all you can come up with is a royal person and a war? Come on! Where’s the originality? Where’s the magical creatures and… I dunno, the depth!) Anyway! I guess what I’m trying to ask is, do you think it’s possible to just get tired of a genre?
What do you think?
Have you ever overloaded on a genre?
Leave your thoughts below!
And check out my discussion from last week: