Genre Discrimination

Are you guilty of discriminating against a genre? Maybe you just think anyone who reads something from *that* genre is a little beneath you…or at least has bad taste. You would never pick up a book from *that* genre because it just isn’t your “type.” I think all of us have done this at some point. However, I try to read broadly. Probably the only genres I purposely avoid are horror and paranormal YA romance. I have my personal reasons for that, and I don’t judge people who do read those genres. But sometimes I do forget that some people never read outside a certain genre. I’ve had friends and certain boyfriends who were like this. To be honest, it drives me insane.

Why am I thinking about this? I read, as many of you may have, Nic Waldham’s post about why writers should read outside their genre. I was a little surprised when I ran across the post. I had assumed that his conclusion should be obvious to people, especially writers! But apparently not.

In a short form, why read other genres? Because they’re different. Different plots, characters, styles, vocabulary, maybe thoughts. You might find another genre boring or funny or thought-provoking. But without question, it will be different. Visit a new section of your library or bookstore and take home something new!

Which genres are you biased against? Are there any you kind of want to try, but haven’t?