Challenge #8: What’s your favorite genre to write? To read?
Allow me to answer the reading question with a list. This is the list of books I am currently reading. There are eight of them in all.
1. A Game of Thrones – George R. R. Martin (Fantasy)
2. Temple of the Winds – Terry Goodkind (Fantasy)
3. Troll Fell – Katherine Langrish (YA/Fantasy)
4. Book of a Thousand Days – Shannon Hale (YA/Princess Fiction*)
5. Aurelia – Anne Osterlund (YA/Princess Fiction)
6. Gideon the Cutpurse – Linda Buckley-Archer (YA/Historical Fiction/Fantasy)
7. The Moonstone – Wilkie Collins (Classic/Mystery)
8. The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde (Classic/Supernatural)
*Yes, Princess stories get their own category.
Anyone see a pattern, here? You say, “fantasy,” I say, “give me the title.” :) Sci-fi and supernatural; really anything that goes beyond the mundane. I like trolls, and goblins, and fairies, and magic handlers, and missing princesses, and crazed scientists, and clones; enchantments, and kingdoms warring, experiments that turn into mutants, and impossible feats of chivalry. If there’s no supernatural draw, it best have Victorian or Colonial elements. A book that’s devoid of mechanical limbs or magic portals had better make up for it with grand balls and bustles, swooning ladies and pistol-wielding gentlemen.
I take the advice of Toni Morrison, whose books I have never read. ““If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” So I do. Not that there isn’t a vast number of wonderful fantasy and supernatural books already out there, (as evidenced by my list) but I do have specific characters whose stories need telling. And its the nature of their strange and enchanting worlds I find most satisfying to write.
It must be the fact that I’m describing something new. Working with a fantasy world means opening the eyes of others to a personal landscape. It means showing them what you see in a way that makes the extraordinary both familiar and captivating. Robin McKinley does this best.
Honourable mention must go to dystopian novels. I haven’t tried my hand at writing one yet, but by gum, I love to read them!
Groaning, for his bruises had stiffened during the night, Tobin unwrapped his wet cloak. The chain rattled as it slid off his shoulders. The pit was roughly circular, about eight feet across and twelve feet deep. The floor was littered with fallen debris.
The air, heavy with the scent of fresh rain and damp earth, woke a raging thirst. Several nearby rocks had puddles in the hollows. Tobin rose to go to the closest, but as soon as he stood waves of pain shot from his left ankle, and his vision darkened.
The Goblin Wood by Hilari Bell
I recall that this book was magical and made me want to write similar stories. I would read it again but for the workload I’ve placed upon myself. Perhaps after the England tour!
I should point out that I chose a snippet about the male character when the majority of the book focuses on the heroine, Makenna. It is also now a trilogy and I’ve not read but the first. *is heartbroken* So I really need to get on that.
One of those special covers that captured the book’s contents properly and got me interested in reading it. I tried finding the artist to credit but have had no such luck.
P.S. Darn that Phil for making me hungry with his sushi pictures. *sniffles* I don’t even really like sushi.