Happy Saturday and
Today, we have another topic to be ..
In the Groove…
You know that perfect moment when all the pieces come together and you have that oh-my-goodness-I-love-this-genre-so-much-I-want to marry it moment? Or when you realize, “Holy Cow!..this is, by far, my go-to book genre? Well, we’re here to talk about just that today!
Right now I’m in a YA groove. It’s not that I don’t love me some Middel Grade goodness or Historical Awesomesauce, it’s just that, for the past 5 years or so, I’m LOVING the YA!!!!!!
The flip side is, though, that while a favorite genre can be an awesome thing, it can also hold you back. Yup! We know how ironic it sounds but seriously you can only read so many historical biographies before you call uncle and stalk off for some historical romance!!!
And I’ve wondered, occasionally, do I love YA so much that it’s stopping me from picking other books up? Why was it that I was so reticent to read “The Postmistress” when my family has told me how great it is? (And it was fantastic, btw!) Or rather, why is it that I would happily wall myself off with anything written by Marissa Meyer than I would any other author these days?
So…what constitutes a rut?
As far as I can tell, you have to 1) begin to grow tired of your genre of choice and 2) be ready to move on, whether you’re ready to admit that or not. If those two conditions are true, let’s face it…we’re talking about a matter of will rather than preference.
I’ve gone through this a few times now over the course of several decades, and as far as I can tell, it’s this: when you truly fall desperately in love with a genre, you have to decide just how much of yourself you want to poor into it. I went through a high fantasy period in my early teens that was incredible. And when that period was done….well, it was done. Ditto for the sparkly vampire phase… *sigh*
It took me some time to leave my quests and elves and Edwards aside, but when I did, I was rewarded by the chance to fall in love with a brand new set of amazing authors!!!!!! And of course, I’m so firmly set in my YA-lovin’ ways, I may never surface from this deep dive! 🙂
So tell me….
Are you currently in a rut or a groove? And what is the genre you’re desperately in love with today? Let me know which genre it is and why!