Today I’m participating in the Midnight Book Blog’s “Favorite Friday” tag, which encourages bloggers to discuss their favorite things in literature. This week’s prompt is Favorite Genre!
My favorite genre, for years, has been Fantasy (low fantasy! high fantasy! realistic fantasy in which the only fantastical element is a character who may or may not be slightly clairvoyant! all the fantasy!) Yet, as I considered the prompt, I realized many of my favorite books fall into specific niches. So, I’ve decided to zero in on three of my favorite subgenres, fantasy and otherwise.
Check them out below!
1. Fairy Tale Retellings
Does it have spooky woods? A fascinating magic system? Castle politics? A cheesy and unnecessary love story? A complex and well-developed love story? No love story?! I’m here for all the adaptations of classic folklore, but bonus points if the book is from the perspective of a “villain” or if bends the rules of the traditional tale.
2. “Cool Women Doing Cool Things”
Did I make up this genre? Maybe. But I have so many gorgeous (gorgeous!!) books celebrating trailblazing women, I felt that they needed their own space. I’m always down to read about awesome historical ladies breaking barriers.
3. Heist Books!
There’s a reason people on Twitter wanted that movie with Lupita Nyong’o and Rihanna: heist stories, when done right, are tightly-paced and loads of fun. My favorite ones tend to involve magic and tragic backstories, but I’ll give anything with puzzles and twists a try!
What are your favorite genres?