Personally, I am a MAJOR fan of all things fantasy, sci-fi and YA. Then there are novels that are a combination such as James Patterson’s smash hit YA series Maximum Ride, which is based on science-fiction set in a modern society following a bunch of miss-matched teens. I mean seriously? Who wouldn't like that? Having wings would be pretty awesome.
Young adult novels are incredibly popular right now, and there are two key points why this is wonderful.
A) It’s starting to get teens reading again. Move over TV and computer games, the book is back!
B) Although the genre is called ‘YA’ it is not only for young adults. Any adult can pick up the book and enjoy it.
But having said that, although I do love novel’s set in worlds where faeries rule or robots walk the streets instead of humans, there is something to be said about other genres.
Crime novels allow us to pretend we are Secret Agents or P.I.s figuring out the mystery along with the protagonist. Drama’s let us feel compassion for those who suffer, maybe even motivate us to do something good for someone else. Autobiographies give us a birds-eye-view into those who fascinate us. Romance provides us an escape into a world where we can experience love that might not have happened in real life and of course comedies make us smile when nothing else can.
Having multiple genres that cross over and twist and meld is incredibly positive for the book industry. Keeping the imaginations of so many people alive and helping them grow is a marvellous thing.
And of course, the reason we read these different genres? They offer an escape from our own reality. Gives us a chance to stop, take a break, enjoy ourselves then return. Sometimes we even learn something.
So, what is your favourite genre?