Let’s Talk Bookish: Can You Predict Someone’s Genre of Choice?

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme created by Rukky @ Eternity Books and hosted by Aria @ Book Nook Bits where we discuss certain topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each others’ posts. Today topic is Can You Predict Someone’s Genre of Choice?

What is your favorite genre and why? Is there a reason why those particular genres speak to you or capture your interest?

Were I asked this question ten years ago, the immediate answer would have been fantasy because at the time I was completely glued to the genre. While I still enjoy it greatly today, I’ve branched out a lot more with my reading in recent years, so I would have to say it’s an even split between fantasy and historical fiction.

Fantasy has always been the genre that speaks to me the most, and I was introduced to it with Harry Potter and a few years later, Lord of the Rings. For me, the draw of the genre is that it is rarely set in the real world, which makes these novels the perfect escape. The limits of a fantasy world are defined only by the author’s imagination, so anything is possible and it opens up such a wonderful plethora of possibilities. Despite it all being make believe, the characters in fantasy novels are still so fundamentally relatable even if they are magical warriors who go on epic quests to save the world.

Historical fiction on the other hand, is a genre I developed a taste for through my interest in history and the first novel I ever picked up was about Elizabeth I from the Royal Diaries series. Different time periods in history have always fascinated me and I loved to imagine how life might have been in these eras. Authors often choose very unique characters from whose perspective they narrate the story, and it’s wonderful to see these overlooked, sidelined figures in history – more often than not women – take centre stage and read about these events imagined through their eyes. Historical fiction has a way of bringing events to life in a way non-fiction never could, and while the accuracy may vary from book to book, there’s no denying that it makes for a very entertaining read.

What is your least favorite genre and why?

Undoubtedly, that would be horror. For me reading books is supposed to be a relaxing experience, and scaring myself is not something I count in that. Also, I have a tendency to read before bed and any kind of scary book will either result in sleeplessness or nightmares.

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

It’s not the ultimate deciding factor, but considering that I browse for new reads by looking at genre based lists, it ends up being pretty crucial. There are typically only four genres I will browse: fantasy, historical fiction, sci-fi and mystery/thrillers. The only times I pick up books outside these genres are if they are directly recommended to me.

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?

To some extent, yes. There is definitely a correlation between someone’s personality and the genre they prefer so I can usually atleast pick out a genre they’ll like even if it’s not their favorite.

Can you predict someone’s genre of choice? Share your thoughts in the comments below!


2 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish: Can You Predict Someone’s Genre of Choice?

  1. 24hr.YABookBlog December 2, 2022 / 1:26 pm

    love what you said about the limitless imagination of fantasy as a genre, thats something I love about & it always inspires me to seek out new reads! what a great discussion ❤

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