Booking Through Thursday: Branching Out

Amy asks:

Name a book you love in a genre you normally don’t care for. What made you decide to read it? Did it make you want to try more in that genre?

Bookish Sarah asks an interesting assortment of questions:

What genre do you avoid reading and why?

I had a surprisingly great time reading A Canticle for Leibowitz. I like watching sci-fi since my dad got me hooked on Star Trek: TNG, but I never thought I would enjoy reading it (except for a couple of Trek books). I think it helped that it was religious sci-fi, which was a totally new genre for me. A friend of mine told me recently that he was interested in the same book, and while Googling for reviews, he came across mine! It helped me and the world (well, sort of). I plan to read Ender’s Game eventually, but that might be it for me and sci-fi.

I definitely avoid reading erotica. I posted a Facebook declaration against 50 Shades of Grey. Part of my campaign against it is to inform people that it’s not so much the content that I’m against; I dislike it, of course, but erotica has been around for ages. I dislike the mainstreaming and apparent harmlessness. Hallie has a whole set of ways to spice up your marriage without 50 Shades, so you can’t even use that excuse. Real love is never about pain (or even just about sex). Genres like erotica convince people to believe a lie.

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