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Let’s Talk Bookish: Predicting someone’s genre of choice.

It’s Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday. Woop!

(I really hope I’ve got that song stuck in your head now. Sorry not sorry). Anyways, hello people, welcome back to the first of December’s Let’s Talk Bookish discussions! I’ve got a lot on my to-do list so we’re just going to dive straigth in :))

Let’s Talk Bookish is a bookish meme that was created by Rukky @ Eternity Books and hosted by Aria @Book Nook Bits, where each Friday, bloggers write posts discussing the topic of the week! Since the beginning of April, I’ve been the host of LTB, and I post each month’s topics here on my blog! December Topics

This weeks topic is … Can You Predict Someone’s Genre of Choice? (Fives @ Down the Rabbit Hole)

Prompts: What is your favorite genre and why? Is there a reason why those particular genres speak to you or capture your interest? What is your least favorite genre and why? Is the genre the biggest determination of whether you look for and choose a book, or is it something else? Do you find that you are able to predict what kind of genres people like based on their personalities? Do you notice patterns in which kinds of people like certain genres?

What is your favorite genre and why?

I feel like the genre I always go back to is urban fantasy – books set in our everyday world, even if it’s a historical setting, that incorporates magic elements in some way. I’m not picky, I like it when the magic is kept secret, and when the whole world knows about it.

Sure I love a good contemporary novel, whether it be romance heavy or focus more on real life problems, but if a book manages to integrate these things, romance and reality, in with magic or the paranormal at the same time, chances are that I’m going to have a great time.

Is there a reason why those particular genres speak to you or capture your interest?

I’ve always been drawn to stories with magic, it’s why Wizards of Waverly Place was by far my favourite Disney channel show as a kid.

As overdone as it can be, I love it when a character is first introduced to this magical world, or learns about their own power for the first time. I love the escapism that comes with these books, being able to fully immerse yourself in it. Because I’ve loved these sort of stories since I was a kid, thinking up how I would react to magical powers or the revelation that I was a Shadowhutner or something would help me drift off to sleep.

And then there’s just the fact that I like urban-fantasy because it’s Fantasy Lite. I get the make-believe history and the explosive battles in small, more easily consumed quantities. I wish I was a high fantasy fan but there’s just wayyyy too much information flying around in those books most of the time and my brain can’t compute. Urban-fantasy is definitely more my speed.

What is your least favorite genre and why?

Hmmmm. Literary fiction maybe? I mean I’m trying to branch out into more literary novels, slowly but surely so I don’t know if I can say it’s my least favourite – more like it’s my least explored. I’m sure once I get into these sort of books I’ll find my own niche and subsections of the genre that I like more than others.

Another option for least favourite genre could be historical-fiction but I feel like I’ve found my footing with this one. I’m interested in reading more modern historical fiction (not gonna lie, I count this as anything before 2002 – the year I was born) like how Taylor Jenkins Reids novels are set in the 60’s for example. Or historical-fiction with some sort of magical or paranormal component like These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong.

At this point I don’t know if I have a concrete least favourite genre. I’m even starting to find what types of poetry I like! Can’t complain really.

Is the genre the biggest determination of whether you look for and choose a book, or is it something else?

I’d say a lot of the times yeah. Sometimes you’re just in the mood for something specific and because genre’s tend to have their specific attributes (fantasy = magic and wonder, romance = cuteness or sexiness, etc.) I do tend to pick a book because of it’s genre.

I guess this plays into seasonal reading a little bit as well. When it’s nice and sunny outside I want to be reading books that match that so I gravitate towards romance or contemporaries. When the weather gets colder I start thinking about the more dense fantasy books to crawl into bed with. And then there’s the time when I’m influenced by things I’ve read/watched recently – usually crime related media – that makes me want to binge a bunch of mystery novels.

Do you find that you are able to predict what kind of genres people like based on their personalities?

I feel like there’s some people who wear their interests on their sleeve – like you look at them and are like “yeah, that’s a literary fiction bro”. I’m an English Lit student which means that I’ve developed a good knack of altering my answer to “what’s your favourite book?” depending on who’s asking.

But at the same time everyone’s got layers to them so even though they might look like they’re pretentious when actually they love Percy Jackson or super cheesy romance novels and won’t look down on you for admitting the same thing.

Also, fandoms are cool now and typically people wear some sort of merch on them whether it be clothes, accessories, pins, tattoos even – so that kind of helps build an idea of their interests which means you can kind of guess what they might like.

Do you notice patterns in which kinds of people like certain genres?

Not that I can think of. Honestly, the only thing I can kind of associate with this is the Tik-Tok readers. Like they’ll mention a couple of books and you can piece together the fact that they’re getting all their recommendations from booktok, whether it be Colleen Hoover books or the popular trending fantasies.

I don’t see anything wrong with this though. I mean when I first started reading I went straight to the books I saw in every Booktube video: The Lunar Chronicles, The Throne of Glass, Shadow & Bone. From reading those books I was introduced to what I do or do not like which has then pushed me to explore even furhter.

We really kicked off the last month of the year with a fun topic. I really enjoyed this one and I would love to hear your thoughts! What’s your favourite genre? Do you think it’s obvious to other people? How good are you at guessing others favourite? Let me know!!

Elli xx

2 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish: Predicting someone’s genre of choice.”

  1. Great post! It’s hard to judge someone by their cover. I mean, I probably look like someone who doesn’t love romance and who reads the more “serious” litfic books when I mean, I do on occasion but I’m all about romance and fantasy. I usually find myself gravitating towards people who like the same books as me so in that sense it’s not that difficult to predict someone’s genre of choice 😂 …But generally, I’m kind of terrible at guessing what books people will like!

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