Sometimes we lose interest in a certain genre that we used to read a lot. It happens. Either we’ve outgrown the genre or we simple lost interest for one reason or another. Everyone has that genre they used to read all the time and now barely ever touch anymore. Think about it for a second. I’m sure you can come up with at least one. Our tastes change constantly and where someone might have grown up as a huge fantasy lover, now the only thing they read is adult romance novels. This happened to me too in the last few years. Though I don’t read adult romance novels. Just saying.
So today I wanted to share the genres that I stopped reading and maybe tell you why while I’m at it.
Everyone knows Chicklit. Those fun books by authors like Sophie Kinsella, Lauren Weisberger, Jill Mansell,… I used to devour those books as a teen. I stopped reading YA at a young age to make the switch to “books for grown ups” and Chicklit was my go-to genre. But then I rediscovered YA and blogging and reviewing and suddenly I forgot all about the genre that used to be my life. And over the years my love for it has died down a lot and now they just don’t interest me anymore. I also find more diversity in YA when it comes to stories, characters, worlds,… And that is what interests me these days. Chicklit was fun while it lasted, but it just doesn’t have my heart anymore.
New Adult Romance
Much like Chicklit, NA Romance is a genre I’ve simply outgrown. I used to read a lot of this genre in my early blogging years and I couldn’t get enough of it. I just loved being absorbed by those books, the dramatic moment near the end that always caused for conflict and the way my heart fluttered during the (sometimes steamy) romantic scenes. But then that stopped very suddenly. One day I was totally in love with it and then the next… I found myself bored by it. Suddenly it was all alike and I didn’t care for it anymore at all. While it’s an evergrowing genre at the moment, my love for it has died quietly and suddenly. I don’t think I’ll pick up a book from this genre anytime soon.
Oh how I’ve come to hate this genre. This one is a genre I just stopped caring about. I’m not saying all books in it are bad, but a lot of them feel the same. Follow the same patterns and use the same cardboard cutouts as characters and there is simply not enough diversity in them. THERE ARE EXCEPTIONS. Of course. But it’s not a genre I tend to pick up these days. They feel cliche and overly dramatic and just not realistic at all when it comes to how the characters are portrayed and how the romances tend to go from nothing to true love in a second. Just no. Please and thank you.
Another genre I’ve just grown out of. I’m just tired of dystopian books. They don’t feel unique anymore. They feel overdone and I’m just over it. There are still good ones out there but I find that none of them interest me anymore like they used to. Though it is the only genre I would go back to on my own if I come across a book that really sounds like it could be something entirely new and amazing.