I do wonder this. You see someone reading a copy of a Discworld novel on the train – are they a geek? Someone reading Crime and Punishment – are they intelligent?
I read a lot of romance books. Regency romance is by far my favourite genre. I love Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, Sarah MacLean and many, many more. And of course, the original, Jane Austen. So, I ask you, are you judging me now?
I’m a voracious reader, and I’ll always fit a book in somewhere. It’s my escape and my wind down time, and it means so much to me. Yet I’ve encountered literary snobbery because of my reading preferences, and I’m not entirely sure why.
Do these books dumb me down? Are they grammatically poor or lexically-challenged? I do read other genres. I like an easy chick-lit read, a gruesome horror and the occasional foray into fantasy. I then dip my toe into thrillers, murders and contemporary fiction. I do enjoy them all.
All books are there with new worlds for me to explore, new stories for me to become immersed in, and a book shop will always be one of my favourite places to kill an hour or two in (these hours are non-existent at the moment, but maybe one day, when the children are a little older…?!).
I’ll thumb through the recommended reads, browse endless shelves and read blurb after blurb, but then I’ll usually gravitate towards the romance section, and seek out those historical reads.
Why? Well, the chances are high that they’re going to end well! They’ll make me smile, as I tend to go for the authors injecting humour into their novels, too. So when I get to escape and have a few moments to myself, I needn’t think too hard and I know all will be well in the end. Regency romances also combine my love of books with my passion for history. Amongst other things, I know about British nobility hierarchy, duelling etiquette, pelisses, and White’s.
OK, I freely admit that this knowledge isn’t particularly useful, but then neither is knowing how to murder someone and nearly get away with it…is it…?!
However, I’m asked ‘why do you read that rubbish?’, or smirked at when revealing my preferences.
What difference the content – they are still books?! Should I be reading the classics or Booker prize winners only? Though, to be honest, I suspect that I need not aim so high. Just a Grisham or Slaughter will probably do, as it doesn’t have a cover full of frivolity, or even worse, a cover like this…
So I’m interested to know – what genre is your favourite read? I promise I won’t judge you…. 😉