Wednesday, 25 April 2012
Going along with yesterday's unfinished book post, I've realized something recently that greatly disturbs me. I'm a fantasy girl. I've been reading predominately traditional fantasy for 20 years. And I'm getting tired of it.
I suspect I've just read too many fantasy novels in my life. Even books and authors whose work I love (and there are many) just don't interest me right now. I've got several series that I enjoy that I simply can't bring myself to read the next book of. And that despite the fact that I know I'll like the books when I read them. I'm just getting too much of a 'been there, read that a dozen times already' feeling.
I've been reading a lot more science fiction in the past year or so and I believe this is why. I'm not as familiar with the tropes, so when I read something that's been done a thousand times it still feels fresh and new to me. My husband has a great collection of books (mostly hard SF and space opera, which I rarely read, even when I read SF) that I'm looking forward to reading.
What does that mean for this blog? After I'm done my current batch of books I'll be doing a LOT more SF reviews. I expect to read a lot of older books, classics and books in subgenres I haven't touched on much so far. I won't ignore fantasy, but I feel I need a break from it for a few months at least so I can rediscover my love for the genre. And all its tropes.