So without further ado, today's topic is:
What are your favorite genres to read?
As a mystery writer it only makes sense that the meat and potatoes of my reading diet consists of mainly cozy mysteries and crime novels.
In my opinion, no other genre provides the pure comfort, enjoyment, and escapism that a cozy offers. I particularly enjoy the seasonal or holiday themed mysteries, because they give me an additional sense of comfort as I read them. I've always been big on celebrations, so it only makes sense that my favorite kind of cozies are holiday ones--especially Halloween.
Actor Sam Neil, while being interviewed on set for the recent adaption of And Then There Were None, mentioned how a good murder mystery will bring the viewer (or reader) a sense of "comfort and cheer," and I have to agree with him there. The reason I love mysteries isn't only for the intrigue and the puzzle but also for the comfort it brings.
Another thing I loved growing up was pulp noir movies. I fell in love with these dark, fog shrouded stories as they would play on television. I also occasionally read crime and horror comics from the 1950s which offered a similar atmosphere. So, whenever I'm in the mood for something a little more "hard boiled" I turn to these.
While these types of books don't offer the same sense of "comfort" as the cozy genre, they do offer a satisfying kick that can't be got any other way.
Perhaps someday I'll try my hand at writing noir.
I've been a fan of the Star Trek shows since I was a kid, having watched episodes with my mother. I've always enjoyed the hard science fiction genre, where the science if more important than the mysticism. So, I do occasionally turn to reading science fiction novels when I'm in the mood. However, when I say I'm picky, I mean it. Basically, my rule for sci-fi novels is this: If it isn't a Star Trek book (or at least VEEEERY similar to the Star Trek formula) forget about it.
It's similar with horror novels. I enjoy many of the Gothic classics such as Dracula and The Haunting of Hill House, but shirk away form most modern horror fiction due to the fact that it's simply too dark, violent, or sexual without warrant or reason. And it seems, the longer the genre exists, the grosser it gets.
My tolerance for horror has diminished greatly over the years. I devoured it when I was a teenager, but now prefer to read something that helps me escape, helps me enjoy life more, cause isn't that a large part of the of literature? Being able to escape, just for a little while, from the real world?
That's just one reason reading is wonderful.
What are your favorite genres to read and why? Do you ever branch out away from cozy mysteries?