Do you genre-hop?

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When Angela asked me to blog today, I thought for sure I’d write about the funny things that get said in our acquisition team meeting. But I sat down to write and comments that made me laugh so hard they brought tears to my eyes just didn’t translate into text. But if we ever run into each other in person, ask me about boning in the desert…

Then I started a blog entry about my conversion to a rabid male/male romance fan and how that translated to me seeing male/male subtext in every television show I watch (seriously, Arthur and Merlin from the BBC/SyFy series “Merlin” totally love each other). But I figured that would make me look geekier than I already look, since most of my television references are sci-fi.

So then I got to thinking about what I love to read as part of the acquisitions team – and I read a LOT, 2-3 manuscripts per week, across pretty much every genre. I’ve happily recommended acquisition on science-fiction romance, contemporary romance, erotic romance, military science-fiction, romantic suspense, action-adventure, fantasy…well, just about every genre and niche you see on our site! But, there is one type of story I won’t touch with a ten-foot pole… child in distress. I used to devour thrillers and romantic suspense novels of any kind. But ever since I became a mom, I just can’t even go there if the plot involves a child. And that got me wondering if I was the only one who reads across a crazy number of genres.

So what about you? Do you genre-hop like me? Is there a niche or genre you avoid at all costs?

And most importantly, tell me, does Arthur love Merlin, or is it just me?

13 thoughts on “Do you genre-hop?”

  1. Amy Atwell says:

    I genre hop. Reading books is like eating meals to me. I love a change of taste, something fresh. I’m reading a Harry Potter book and a historical saga. Those are full meals for me. But I also enjoy Intrigues, Desires and novella length works–they’re like tasty little snacks. I read romantic suspense, contemporaries, historicals of all eras. I’m not a huge fan of paranormals–although I’ve read some great ones! But now I’m trying to keep up with my nieces Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Vampire Academy crossover fan-fiction.

    As for sci-fi, I rarely read it, but I’m a huge Star Trek, Star Wars and Dr. Who geek.

  2. Malle says:

    Arthur so luurves Merlin!

  3. Jenni says:

    I genre hop a lot, there are far too many brilliant books out there to stick to one genre.

    And you’re completely right, Arthur and Merlin are most definitely in love!

  4. Rhonda Stapleton says:

    HAH awesome. I read everything too–I looooove a wide variety of stories. :D

  5. Kathy Ivan says:

    Oh, I haven’t checked out Merlin on SyFy–now I have a new show to check into.

    Like Amy, my geekiness extends to Star Trek, Star Wars, Dr. Who, Stargate SG-1.

    I’m a big sci fi fan when it comes to TV and movies. Love Dr. Who (I’m convinced something was going on between The Doctor and Capt Jack behind the scenes.) :-) I’m currently watching the new season of Being Human on BBC America, which I had to record because I missed it.

    My reading taste is across the board, if its in a book, chances are I’ll read it. I love paranormal, romantic suspense, erotic. You name it, I’ll read it.

  6. Yep. I’ll read anything. (Well, except for Dracula, I can’t say I like horror much.)

    I’ll also try writing anything. (Except contemporaries. It’s the suspension of disbelief thing. And mysteries. Because that would involve plotting!)

  7. I don’t know if Arthur loves Merlin, but I love Arthur! We love that show, and my boys (including dh) are positively CHARMED by the amount of gas passing humor in it. The troll one was their particular favorite, lol.

  8. Kathy B says:

    I genre hop, but I don’t read paranormal or sci-fi. Since I am such an avid reader, my wallet is happy there are a few genres I don’t read =)

  9. Evey Brett says:

    I listen to a lot of audiobooks since I have a long commute, and while SF/F is my preference, I’ve picked up quite a few different genres because the pool of available audiobooks at my particular library is rather small. Lots of mystery, some romance, but straight literature tends to be too pretentious for my taste. I like a lot of the YA stuff, actually. Some very good writing there.

  10. I definitely genre-hop. Fantasy, historical romance, historical mystery, historical fiction (especially of the Patrick O’Brian/Bernard Cornwell school), YA, some science fiction, and contemporary romance and mystery from a few selected authors who manage to interest me in stories that don’t take me somewhen else.

    As for what I avoid, I’m not a fan of Western settings. I make an exception for Kathleen Eagle, but I think of her books as Indian Country stories, not Westerns. I guess Firefly is sort of an exception too–with that one I came for the Joss Whedon and stayed for the Nathan Fillion. But I’m not into cowboys as such.

    I’m sort of an out-of-date geek, because I’ve watched so little TV since I went back to work full-time five years ago when my daughter was a toddler. I never missed Buffy, Angel, Firefly, or Ninth Doctor-Doctor Who, and I adored NextGen and DS9 back in the day. But these days I just watch Castle, the odd Chopped and Iron Chef episode, and baseball and college football in season.

  11. Tia Nevitt says:

    I genre-hop all the time. I read fantasy, science fiction, mystery, and historicals, with romance or not, in any timeframe from prehistory to the far-flung future. I just love to read and I don’t want to miss anything.

  12. Eleanor Elliott says:

    I’m releived to see that I’m not alone – not in my genre-hopping or my sci-fi geekery!

    For the record, my fave sci-fi shows are Battlestar Galactica, Firefly, Deep Space Nine, and all the Stargates. I haven’t seen a single episode of Dr. Who, though…so I think that’s next on my last (after I finish Farscape).

    And for those who don’t currently watch Merlin – give it a try. It’s very, very lighthearted and just an all around fun show to watch. However, it’s not at all consistent with Arthurian legend and is full of anachronisms, so you have to leave your historical sensabilities at the door!

  13. Uther and Gaius in their youth. Maybe. Merlin and Arthur. Nah. They’re definitely best buds. My top BBC pick would be John Barrowman and James Marsters on Torchwood.

    I genre hop like crazy but gravitate towards speculative fiction most.

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