So I wanted to discuss genre preferences because looking back I realized that my genre preferences have changed so much throughout the course of loving reading! I first started reading YA when I was a freshman in high school (I'm now in grad school). Anyway, the first 3 YA books I read were The Maze Runner, The Hunger Games, and Unwind. Now I feel like I can attribute my love of YA to these books! These amazing books got 14 year old me hooked on reading! I loved the worlds they were in and I found myself googling "Books like Unwind" or "Books similar to The Maze Runner". I really couldn't get enough. Then I find out they are their own genre - dystopian. So I thought, I guess dystopian my favorite genre! I didn't even look at genres when I bought those books, literally just the descriptions.
Now, if I read those books today instead of back then would I still feel the same passion for them? I don't know! I always wonder if anyones genre preferences change over time, because I feel like mine have!
So back in high school I hated paranormal and fantasy. I thought it was awful and I didn't understand why everyone would want to read books like that! I just didn't understand the hype surrounding vampires, to be honest it actually creeped me out. Well it's like a complete 180 now! I LOVE paranormal, I love vampire stories. *Cough Sookie Stackhouse*. Another thing I never read was contemporary novels. I found them boring and a lot of times even though they were classified under realistic fiction, I didn't find them realistic at all. Lately, I read My Heart and Other Black Holes and I absolutely loved it. Now, I am giving more attention to contemporary books! I almost feel like I can attribute my new interest in contemporary to My Heart and Other Black Holes.
Do your genre preferences change over time? I think mine do! Do we just grow out of genres and into other ones? I also wonder - what happens if you have a bad experience with a specific genre? Does it ruin that genre for you for awhile? I'd love to know your opinion on genres!