Discussion Highlights: Genre Overload

Last Week’s Discussion:
Genre Overload

I’ve been reading WAAAAY too much fantasy lately and it’s gotten the point that I can predict what’s going to happen and all the elements of the magical worlds blur together. It’s getting rather… boring. And so I wanted to know if there was such a thing as burning out on a genre. Let’s ask the discussioners, shall we?

Adrienne said:

“Sometimes I need a break from seeing other people read the same genre over and over. I honestly get tired of seeing someone ALWAYS reviewing “steamy romance” novels with half naked people on the covers.So, I know if I were always reading that genre I would definitely get tired of it, lol.”

Craig said:

“You can burn out on a genre, and too many stories resemble each other. We’re lucky as authors if we can twist an element or two into something fresh. Redesigning everything is darned near impossible.”

Sophie said:

“Well yes you can overload on a genre! That’s why I try to switch and read steamy adults then fantasy YA then contemporary adult then… If I have to read too many books of the same genre back to back I will only get bored except if I’m reading a whole series.”

Rae said:

“I can definitely see how people can feel overloaded by one genre. I guess I just don’t feel that way (yet) because I used to read romance, recently started reading fantasy, have only read a few mystery books and sprinkle in some nonfiction here and there.Otherwise, I would probably start to feel like it was too much of the same thing over and over”

Alex said:

“nope, never. i basically read every genre and i enjoy pretty much all of those (except maybe historical fiction). and since i am the biggest mood reader there is, i usually pick up the book i really want to read next. and so i vary in all genres, so that i never had too many books of one genre in a row. 🙂”

Kristi said:

“I try to read a contemporary in between the fantasy books I read. Especially a light, fluffy one. I find that it helps break things up and also helps me leave the world that I was just immersed in. I can’t always do this with reviewing arcs, but I still try my best and it has helped me a lot.”

J.W. said:

“Absolutely. I OD’ed on Fantasy when I was in college. […] For a long time after that, I absolutely refused to read fantasy. I went into a quarantine of literary fiction. These days, I’m inclusive of all genres once again. I’m still a little reluctant to browse through fantasy, but if I hear of a fantasy book that sounds really good, I won’t hesitate.”

Ali said:

“Definitely. I always try to alternate between genres for that very reason. I tend not to read a fantasy straight after a fantasy as they start to bleed into each other. Similarly if I have a book and an audio at the same time I make sure they’re different genres.”

Angela said:

“When reading a lot of books in one genre back to back I start noticing cliches, similarities, and the stories become more and more predictable. It makes me harder to impress. Some of them are good stories but when read in a giant batch of sameness it all starts to fall a bit flat, I feel less interested, a bit bored, and definitely a bit disappointed. Which sucks because sometimes I can totally tell when a story has a cool idea but I can’t get into it literally just because I’ve been binge-reading that genre too much at the time.”


It seems that some bookworms understand my plight, but others have already figured out the trick to keeping their reading lives full of variety. Perhaps I just need to stop agreeing to review books for a while? Perhaps I need to just make more time to read books that I’ve been putting off for… well… forever? Haha! For now, though, my review schedule is calling me… and it’s still full of fantasy books. :p

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