Blair over at http://writerlylife.com had this to say:
Nothing’s wrong with writing entertainingly; I’m all for it! But it does mean that other kinds of work have a harder time surviving. Some writing is designed to give the reader a rollicking good time; some is designed to ask tough questions, to challenge us as readers and as people, and to take us on spiritual or emotional journeys.
Blair had more to say on the subject but this bit got me thinking. How do I want to read, for entertainment or for a challenge?
I have to answer that I read primarily for entertainment. If, in seeking that out I happen upon something spiritual, emotional, challenging or educational then I’m all the more pleased. It also made me think about the genres that I read and why I stay away from some. I really hate giving bad reviews to a book in a genre I only read on occasion. And I probably only read that genre on occasion because I haven’t been introduced to a really good book. My favorite genres are Historical Romance, Romantic Suspense, Paranormal & Urban Fantasy, Mystery & Thriller. I keep trying to love Contemporary Romance & Chick Lit but fail miserably. That said I just thought of a couple of books in these two genres that I do like. That must be why I do go back to them on occasion.
1. What about you, do you read for entertainment and/or for other reasons?
2. Do you say you don’t like a genre because you haven’t read a good book in that genre or is it just because you don’t like the subject?
Yup, this is a quiz.