14 January 2011

Book Blogger Hop (1/14-1/17)!

The wonderful blog Crazy For Books has a weekly feature called the Book Blogger Hop.  Each week, they post a question for bloggers to answer.  It's a great way for book bloggers to connect with one another.  This week's question is:


Why do you read the genre that you do?  What draws you to it?

I love reading YA fantasy or dystopian.  Even thinking back to when I was younger, some of my favorite authors to read were  Tamora Pierce, JK Rowling, and Libba Bray; I loved The Giver and The Magician's Nephew; The Guardians of Ga'hoole, Pendragon, and Artemis Fowl were the series I followed.


Now that I'm in college, I still find myself attached to YA fantasy.  While they're quick reads for me now, this genre still pulls me in for all the same reasons it did when I was younger.  I can't find novels in the adult section that I love quite the same way I love my YA.


Everyone always talks about how reading should be an escape.  In order for reading to have that effect on me, I need the story to be very distinct from reality.  I need to be able to pick up a book and have it transport me somewhere that doesn't remind me of the real world.  Being able to use a book as a vessel to imagine something totally new and exciting is something I find only fantasy is able to do for me.  Whether the new world that's created is better or worse than reality right now doesn't matter to me so long that it's different.  I find that YA fantasy and dystopian novels are full of avenues for me as the reader to explore different ideas, without being constrained by the laws of reality.


What's your take on YA fantasy and dystopian novels?  Do you have any all-time favorite books from these genres?

8 comments:

  1. I have such a thing for dystopian and YA novels in general - I'm trying to read more contemps this year though haha

    I'm your newest follower! Happy Friday :)

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  2. I'm with Melissa, I have a big thing for dystopian right now as well, I just can't get enough! Glad to have found another fellow YA lover:) I'm a new follower here and I hope you have a great weekend!

    Jenny
    www.supernaturalsnark.blogspot.com

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  3. Hello! I'm stopping by from the hop. I read a lot of YA and some MG also. (Some fantasy and science fiction with my son-- Gerald Morris, Garth Nix...Suzanne Collins's first series-before Hunger Games.) But my favorite genre is historical fiction. I like to be transported back in time to get away from today's real world.
    Your bio caught my eye because I'm from NJ originally, and I also double majored in biology and French lit. (But that was many years ago.) Enjoy the hop!

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  4. Here I am hopping on by...

    I went all over the map with this question on my blog. I read and enjoy almost every genre of fiction out there. There’s no way I could just pick one.

    So I talked about all of them. Even romance fiction (sort of)! I invite you to hop over to my blog at http://www.howardsherman.net and see for yourself.

    Howard A. Sherman
    http://www.howardsherman.net

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  5. Hi, stopping by from the hop. I have just always been drawn to the supernatural. I think anything supernatural just hot be it vampires, werewolves, faeries or whatnot. I love reading the paranormal because it is so different from anything else.

    Mariya @ Mystifying Paranormal Reviews

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  6. I read more than one genre. But there are a few genres I don't read. Come see what I do and don't read.

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  7. Visiting on the blog hop tour and I'm a new follower! I try to avoid contemporary fiction as well. I'd much rather get sucked into a different time or world. I love Cassandra Clare's "The Mortal Instruments" series and I recently read "The Hunger Games" trilogy by Suzanne Collins.

    If you get the chance, come visit: http://bookendcrossing.blogspot.com/2011/01/book-blogger-hop-tour-1-14-to-1-17-2011.html

    Have a great weekend!

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  8. YA fantasy novels are some of my favorites too! I totally know what you mean about not enjoying adult books quite the same way as YA - I never really made the leap over to adult books somehow (though I read a few occasionally) and so my main category is still YA :)

    Danya
    A Tapestry of Words

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