Sunday, August 21, 2011

Just For Thought (10)

Do you like a new twist?

I read different takes on the over all Fantasy genre.  Thanks to blogging, and meeting bloggers out there, I have learned there is soooo much more in the world of books.  Much more than I would have ever known on my own.  And it's growing.  Great!  I love it.

I read fantasy.  I love the traditional journey and adventures we go on.  I know what to expect.  And that is in part why I love it.  I know I love what I'm going to get.

I read Urban Fantasy.  Now this genre gives a little more leeway in what to expect.  But it has it's normal too.

Then I have found I enjoy reading dystopian, steampunk, and so many new aspects.

I know we (or I do sometimes) mentioning a book is the "traditional" sense of the genre.  And some mention that it was a boring read because it wasn't something new.  But, and correct me if I'm wrong or stepping on toes here, but isn't that why we love the genre we read?  I enjoy my books that are easy to predict as they are what I want.  What I expect.  Why I read it.  Part of the coziness for me is knowing what I'm getting because I enjoy it.  I know I enjoy it. 

Don't get me wrong.  I love the twists and new takes.  At the same time I love my classic feels, I love something new.  The twists that authors throw in there.  You know they take the norm and flip it around and turn it inside out to give you something new and exciting.

I wont fault an author for sticking to the 'traditional' feel of fantasy books or urban fantasy.  And I wont fault an author for making something wondrous out of a new idea or spin.  Both are amazing to me.  And it depends on the mood I'm in on which I grab when I'm looking for my next read.

**Please do not be offended by anything mentioned in the Just For Thought posts.  These are just brief thoughts to start a friendly chat on ideas.  You can comment if you would like to share your kind thoughts, or not. :) I understand either way.


  1. I agree with you about the classic feel and loving what is familiar. I do like a new twist now and again, but I like reading books that are similar to what I love to read the most.

  2. I like both classics and creative twists. The one thing that annoys me though is when an author takes a classic idea and then changes it until it's no longer recognizable while continuing to claim it's the same thing. I see this in particular in urban fantasy where everyone has to have vampires in their stories but then they change the vampire's characteristics so they really aren't vampires anymore. This is a bit of a pet peeve.

  3. I have to agree that sometimes I just want to read something comforting so a traditional read is sometimes needed. I think most authors try to make their story original, but there can only be so many variations on the traveling quest stories! But when someone does manage to give it a twist, it's that change in your expectations that makes it stand out more. Both stories have their place - like you I know I read both! :)

  4. I am so with you. I hate when they say oh I did not like it cos there was nothing new in it.

    Well screw that. If I love a book I love a book, even if it is filled with clichés.

    Sure I love those new cool books with wonderful twists I have never seen before but at the same time I am sad cos everyone is doing that. I want my good old Shepard gets a sword and goes on a journey to slay a king books.

  5. Oh I love creativity! Even if it fails but you see them try something new, I like the effort, when it is a true effort. Oh I have been enjoying the new twists. Probably always been there but just classified differently so we recognize it now. :)

  6. Michelle @ The True Book Addict - I think that the classic feel is what we have found as the comfort zone, at least for me. I love the new twists and all, but the general fantasy idea stays the same. ANd I love it for that. :) Thank you!

    Simcha - I have to agree with you on twisting the classics then claiming they still are. So true. If you are going to change it then change it and be proud of it. Thank you for stopping by!

    Mel - So true. I like when the twists do make the book rememberable. Very nicely said. Thank you!

    Blodeuedd - That is it. I hate when people fault authors for being what we find as a comfy old blanket. I like to have those classic feels and the new as well. But crusify the author for doing what we love. :) Thank you! We need to write our old shepard book. That would be a fun time!

    Melissa (Books&Things) - I like the new ideas. And if they don't work there has to be a way for it to work. I'm sure it can be done. New is fun to experiment with. :) Thank you!

  7. I love it when a book surprises me, and that includes doing a fresh new twist on an old idea. For instance, I thought I was sick of vampires until I read Karen Essex's Dracula in Love and the twist so different, clever, and unexpected that I was thoroughly coverted.

  8. StephanieD - Some times the twists and new are wonderful in books, and really can make the change for the reader. :) Thanks for stopping by and chatting with us!


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