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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Whatcha Readin'?

I love to read. Yeah, I know, that's not surprising. I am an author after all. I don't think you'll ever meet an author who wasn't first in love with the written word that carried them on a wonderful journey.

A true reader talks about memorable characters like old friends who might drop in for tea. .. Can describe story settings as if they've lived in that place for years ... And will happily explain the reasons why a favorite tomb has a place of honor on their "keeper" shelf. A reader caught up in a good read will burn dinner, pray the soccer game being played in 40 degree fog goes into overtime, agree to clean the bathrooms for a month or give up chocolate if they could just have another 15 minutes to finish the book. (Okay, maybe I went too far with the chocolate ... but you get the idea.)

I have always claimed I'd read any genre except horror (but I've even done that for the right story). But you know what? I discovered something this week. I don't enjoy romantic comedies. I know, right? What the heck's wrong with me?

There are awesome authors like Janet Evanovich and Jennifer Crusie. Kristan Higgins and Lori Avacato. And more. Wonderful authors who write stories that readers looooove.

And I wanted to be one of them. Sometimes I just would like to want to sink into the zany angst of a quirky heroine. To laugh out loud to the bad luck that just continues to snowball into impossible situations. And I try. I pick up a book my friends have just gushed over, ready to fall headlong into a story that takes me away from the stress of my life. But it doesn't happen. I plod through the pages waiting for the good part that never seems to arrive. I skip pages wondering what I'm missing. I'm not sure why the slapstick scenes that are cute and engaging on the movie screen don't translate on the page for me, but they just don't.

And then, like a beacon in the fog of discontent I realized ... it's not the writing or the story ... it's me. Try as I might these stories will never hold my attention. I was reading them thinking I was missing something or to break the spell of science fiction and paranormal stories that seem to overflow my nightstand.

I know, this is such a "well, dur, Nina" situation. But it's taken me twenty-some-odd years as an adult to figure this out. Life is just to darn short to spend time on books that don't carry me away or make me yearn to carve out some reading time.

Writing a book is hard. Writing it well ... even harder. Authors' stories should be read by those who can appreciate them, whatever the genre. As for me, I'm off to check out Jessica Andersen's final installment in her paranormal Nightkeeper series ... Rabbit's been calling my name for a couple of weeks now.

And what about you? Any genres you truly enjoy? Any you've discovered that just don't do it for you? I'd love to hear about it. Because you know me, I'm curious like that.

15 comments:

Amber Skyze said...

Yay, Rabbit finally gets his story. Long awaited book on my list too.

I love romantic comedies. I wish I could write them the way some of the best do. :)

Nina Pierce said...

I absolutely adore watching them on the big screen and have wished I could write them as well. But with this latest revelation, Amber, I'm thinking I won't even try. LOL!

Paris said...

I do love the romantic comedy authors that you mentioned but I tend to read a bit of everything. It depends on my mood.

jean hart stewart said...

Can't do comedy either. I sincerely admire anybody who can. Also can't do real horror, horror stories. Its' the old story, to each his own.

Marianne Stephens said...

Love regency romances...can't write them, however! I don't feel confident in getting the facts straight for the time period.
Love funny romances, too.
Horror and vampire romances just don't entice me.
And, I read all authors, not just "big names".

Carrie Ann Ryan said...

I'm in a contemporary/small town kick LOL. I've been through them all and will probably circle back. But horror and mystery are the two that aren't really my thing.

Melody Goodwin said...

Romance and suspense and romantic comedies.

Nina Pierce said...

Paris - The authors I mentioned are amazing! I'm giving another one of their books a try. I *think* I'm in the mood for a little lighter fare!

Nina Pierce said...

Jean - I'm glad to hear I'm not alone. I don't do horror either as it gives my furtile imagination too many ways to keep me awake at night! LOL!

Nina Pierce said...

Marianne - Like they always say, we all have those things that make us happy. I've got 3 vampire novels in my TBR pile at the moment. I can't seem to get enough of them.

And I LOVE historical romances. But like you, I've never dared write one for fear I wouldn't get the details right.

Nina Pierce said...

Carrie - I love a good mystery. I want to figure out whodunit before it's revealed. :)

Nina Pierce said...

Melody, that's a nice mix of genres!

Nina Pierce said...

Thanks everyone for sharing your likes and dislikes. I guess reading is like eating, we don't like the same things regardless whether a four-star chef cooked it!

Sandy said...

Like you, Nina, I can't into comedies unless it's a romantic suspense or mystery with comedic characters in it. I will never write a historical or comedy.

Nina Pierce said...

Sandy - Yeah, that's me. I do love he comic relief in my romantic suspense. I think mostly because it's word banter and not physical comedy. For some reason the physical comedy just doesn't translate on the page for me.

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