LET’s TALK ABOUT Genre Racism

I’ve wanted to talk about this for quite some time now and finally I have the time and courage to talk about a topic that is not only extremely important to me, but also a hot topic for many debates I have had in the last couple of months.

 

Genre Racism is something I notice not every day but at least once a week. Like many other bloggers, I have geners I like to read more than others. For me, YA, Fantasy and Romance are the main genres I dwelve in, though that doesn’t mean I won’t read something else if the blurb is enticing. Unfortunately. Most people don’t think outside their box. You won’t believe how often I got that smile ‘So, you read such childish things as fantasy’ a snidely huff, a sly grin. That’S all you get instead of a nice conversation. Usually, I don’t care about people having prejudices about the things I read because they are missing out, not me.

 

What bugs me is how short minded- some people can be and how they judge other readers by the things they read. For example, I talked with a collegue about my business, and he was like “Well, if you can get the money from stupid people who read that sh** [meaning fantasy], then they haven’t deserved anything else”. I was shocked about such a mean coment, to say the least. What kind of hate do you have to have to say such a thing. Of course, I defended the fantasy ( and the YA) genre many times before, but there is really nmo point in arguing with people who don’t want to listen.

 

Here are some of the prejudice I heard the most:

  • Fantasy is for people who don’t get along in their lives.

& who can’t cope with reality

  • YA is shitty writing, plots and has no high standard whatsoever
  • YA and Fantasy are for children. Grow up!
  • Sci-fi is no fantasy
  • Folklore, Myths and Legends can be serious study material, but fantasy books can’t.

 

 

I want to shortly say something about all of those

 

  • Escapicism is not an exclusive habit for people who read fantasy. I think every fictional novel or book has some kind of hold on the way you perceive reality while you read. I don’t see why a historical novel should not make for a similar feeling of ‘being sucked into a different world’
  • This is simply not true. I have read so many ‘adult’ books in my life that I can honestly say that there AT LEAST as many unevolved plots, flat characters and stereotypical stories as in YA or basically any genre.
  • I don’t even want to give such an accusation room for discussion
  • I want to make one thing clear. Fantasy is a genre that is full of things that we do not encounter in out ‘natural’ world: demons, dragons, wizards and witches, magical creatures, hers, plants and objects. Of course sci-fi falls into the fantasy genre, simply because all plots, devioces and technology are simply made up.
  • The same goes for old tales such as Beowulf, the Niebelungen song and many other Nordic tales or songs of other cultures. There is no point in denying it. That’s where our ‘modern’ fantasy gets almost all its mysterious and horrible creatures from. They come from these tales so how can one be a sophisticated part of the culture and the other meant for the trash can? Something doesn’t add up here, in my opinion.

As you might have noticed, I’m not really understanding of these people because I feel lkikke their views are really backwards and narrow-minded. Either way, I want to encourage all of you, whether you read lots of genres or just a selected few, be aware of other genres and people. There are so many great books out there that can only be fonud outside your own comfort zone.

 

That’s why I want to encourage everyone of my readers to try out a new genre every once in a while and try to be open about other genres. This world is so full of variety, it would be a shame not to take advantage of the possibilities laid before us.

 

Have you encountered people who are genre racists? What are the genres you might have prejudices about? Let’s chat a little 😉

What Are You Reading Wednesdays WAYRW 21

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The Beautiful Ones by Silvia-Moreno Garcia | Review

BowBowBowBow 4/5The Beautiful Ones is categorizes as a fantasy book, but I would have put it in the romance/ drama genre because the book is about Nina Beaulieu and her struggle with a renaissance-ish society she must be part of. At the beginning of the season, she is to attend all the important balls and soirees and therefore comes to the beautiful and high-up city of Loisal and is to stay with her uncle and his wife. Nina actually lives on the country but alas, her strange, uncontrollable talent has kept away any suitors there. She, as many others, can manipulate and move objects with their minds but such actions are not befit a lady.

This is where the story begins… it is basically a love story with the usual love-triangle that seems to be so popular at the moment. At least I meet it all the time. Even though the plot could barely surprise most of the time, I have to say that enjoyed this book immensely.

 

As so of you might know, for me characters and world-building, and the creating of a ‘realistic’ world are much more important than the actual plot since, let’s be honest, there are not so many original ones around. Almost everything has been told in one way or another.

Nina, Hector, Valerie and a few side characters really sucked me into this story with their cold charm, their melancholic realism and with their sweet naivité that gave me as a reader a refreshing start.

 

They player together wonderfully, even though the plot was mostly predictable. I enjoyed the world-building, the cultural notes the author made and the lessons of Etiquette a lot. I enjoyed the dialogues between characters and the strolls through town they took, partly because the time really fascinates me. It is the time just when cars begin to emerge and women walk through town in pretty petticoats and carriages.

 

As I said, the book is mainly about a certain love triangle between the three main characters so I don’t want to tell you any more about that because anything I could tell you would be spoiling the fun. This is a read you should definitely mark as ‘to read’ on Goodreads if you want to have some light reading material this autumn 😉

 

The List by Patricia Forde |

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The List by Patricia Forde was an extremely interesting book that did not only question how a society works but also who actually the enemy of a system is: the system who cages its people or those who are outside the system, trying to break it. This post-apocalyptic world is full of the unknown: old words, medical practices and almost every knowledge the people ever had is gone or only in the minds of the eldest of people, who are not allowed to talk about the time before the Earth was covered by the sea. Before The Melting, which flooded most of the population, humans were highly advanced but afterwards, there were barely any survivors. Those who did found themselves in Ark, the city Noa founded. They have water soon and shelter, but it is not nearly enough to feed everybody if there are too many babies. So everything is restricted and you get three food portions a day, shoes are passed on as are clothes. Just as the living conditions are sparse, the language is too. THE LiSt is the new language. All words which are not in the list are not supposed to be used. If you should be caught using them anyways, you might be banned from Ark. And without the city, the wild wolves in the forest beyond will tear you apart.

But there are rebels who want to bring music and art back to the people, and all the lost words with it. Can the wordsmith’s apprentice stay strong and loyal to her home and Noa, the savior of mankind?

The List was such an interesting and wonderful read, I really recommend it to everyone who wants to read something that is light and deep at the same time.

 

What Are You Reading Wednesdays #WAYRW 20

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Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller | Review

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Daughter of the Pirate King is the debut novel of Tricia Levenseller. I can’t say that this story really sucked me into its world immediately because the start was a little bumpy but apart from that, the story really flowed well and the main character, the daughter of a fearless pirate king who rules most of the sea, really captured my heart. She is funny and witty and plays her part of a secret intelligence agent really well. She kind of reminded me a little of James Bond because she does get a lot of attention from the other sex and she know how to use that to her advantage.

I really liked that ‘feministic’side of her, too, though I do think she kind of lost her head a little when a hot and smart pirate comes her way. Either way, I was captured by the intriguing and ( at least for me ) unique way in which the story was told and I literally finished this one in one go! I just couldn’t put it down once I was part of the story and I had all the names down 😀

The only thing that bugged me a little was that for me personally, the romance part seemed a little forced and I could see why it was part of the storyline but I think it would have worked just fine with a little less romance.I also thought that even though the story was well written and the world that was described was described very well, I though that the characters did come a little short. They could have been a little more fleshed out. I don’t say I didn’t understand some of their actions or thoughts because they were plausible. I just tend to like characters more than the plot and so I can’t be really satisfied if the characters seem to flat for me.

There was an unexpected twist at the end that really turned the story around and I think that Daughter of the Pirate King is a well-written and fantastic debut novel. If you’re searching for a light read ( no gore 😉 ) that is easy-to-read and funny, with witty and smart characters that try to get the best of one another. Then follow them on a mission that will keep everyone on their toes and read this book 😀

What Are You Reading Wednesdays? WAYRW #19

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