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Top Ten Tuesday – Fiction Genres I Will Never Read

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The Broke and the Bookish theme this week is books we will probably never read. Even though I suspect I will never read Foucault’s Pendulum by Umberto Eco or Antigone by Sophocles, I prefer to roll with never say never because sometimes reading a book is a matter of mood or timing.

Instead, I’m going to put a twist on the theme and list the genre of books I will probably never read. Of course, I’m judging these books without reading even a paragraph, so if you’re a fan and think I’m being unfair, please chime in and tell me why I should give it a chance.

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Highlander Romances – Not that I have anything against a good-looking man in a kilt and if they are as sweet and loyal as Jamie Fraser from Outlander my arm could possibly be twisted, but how much rescuing and bantering in brogue does a lass need?

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Splatterpunk and Hardcore Horror – Exactly as it sounds and classified as “hyperintensive horror with no limits” to the gore and violence. I read Clive Barker and similar writers when I was younger, but I don’t think my sensitive soul could take it now.

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Frat Lit – Also known as “lad lit” or “dick lit”, this genre was meant to celebrate the “traditional masculinity” of young men. As a result, the books have been severely criticized for promoting sexism and misogyny, and hopefully the reason why I’ve never laid eyes on one is because booksellers refuse to sell this kind of garbage.

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Mail or E-mail Order Bride Romances – Also known as arranged marriage romances, single women in these novels leave their homes, whether from New England or Mother England, to start a new life in a new land with a man they’ve never met. Usually they find love and romance. It doesn’t sound that bad, does it?

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Twitter Fiction – Also known as 140-character literature, some authors and publishers believe it is a legitimate form of the written word for mass consumption. Others argue the quality of writing is lost when you reduce stories to meet a character limit. As for me, I’m usually on Twitter to see what other bloggers are doing/saying or catching up on gossip. If I’m going to read a story, I still prefer to pick-up a book (or e-reader).

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Mermaid Romances – Not only are they mermaids and have hot sex under water, but some of them can shape-shift into other marine creatures and/or time-travel. People go nuts for these stories, so perhaps I’m missing something?

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Visual Novels – A choose-your-own-adventure type game that you read, but also interact with by deciding what the protagonist is going to do next. The game mostly contains text, but includes graphics, videos and music. As interesting as it sounds, a visual novel sounds an awful lot like the computer adventure games I played in high school when I should have been doing my homework.

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Boomer/Zoomer Lit – Also known as “matron lit” or “hen lit”, this genre typically features a female protagonist who is dealing with issues related to aging, but still has a few quirks and surprises hidden up her sleeve. I wrote this and realized I have already read from this genre (Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper and Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood). Is the zoomer demographic why we have so many books about grannies robbing banks and old men climbing out of windows?

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Erotica with zombies, orcs, ghosts, death incarnate, dragons or dinosaurs? No!

Okay, I could only think of nine, but I think you get the picture. What are your thoughts? Have you read of any of these genres? Would you give them a try?

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26 comments on “Top Ten Tuesday – Fiction Genres I Will Never Read

  1. Beth Whatley
    May 5, 2015

    OHMYGOD frat lit sounds TERRIFYING. Much worse than splatterpunk (love that word!!) because it’s REAL, and encouraging people to buy into the ‘men are superior’ mentality… ew.
    Beth x
    http://www.thequietpeople.com

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    • ebookclassics
      May 5, 2015

      Agreed! It’s disturbing that books like that are being published.

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  2. Brian Joseph
    May 5, 2015

    I really enjoyed this post.

    While I hate to close the door to entire genres, I think that iy is likely that I would not read books that belong to most of these. I would however read anything by Margaret Atwood.

    I never knew that Frat Lit existed. Perhaps I was better off not knowing 🙂

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    • ebookclassics
      May 5, 2015

      I was probably better off not knowing about Frat Lit as well. Margaret Atwood is a excellent writer. Have you read any of her books?

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  3. brynhottman
    May 5, 2015

    Haha, I’m right there with you! All of these genres are not on my bookshelves 🙂 I’ve never even heard of Frat Lit! If I gave any of these a try it would probably be Twitterature.

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    • ebookclassics
      May 5, 2015

      I would probably try Twitterature too, but I can see myself growing tired of it very quickly.

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  4. Love this twist! I almost shrieked out loud at the first one, but then you mentioned that if they were all like Jamie it would be ok and I breathed a sigh of relief! Outlander wins everytime! Love this list 🙂
    My TTT

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    • ebookclassics
      May 5, 2015

      I have to admit after reading Outlander, I’m a bit curious about the Highlander romances. I may read one just to compare, although I don’t if anyone can compete against Jamie.

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  5. TJ @ MyBookStrings
    May 5, 2015

    I didn’t even know there was such a thing as a mermaid romance. Hm, I don’t think I’m missing too much there. Finally, a list that does NOT add to my TBR list. 🙂

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    • ebookclassics
      May 5, 2015

      Yes, that should have been the sub-title: Books NOT to add to your TBR (Unless You Are Curious).

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  6. Julie
    May 5, 2015

    The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window is awesome!!! I I highly recommend!! I enjoy Boomer/Zoomer Lit because I like to see how consequences from actions in youth make there way into adulthood and later in life…ie Stone Angel, the 100 year old man etc. And after the Outlander series, most highlander romance novels are just not going to cut it, so I give them a pass!

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    • ebookclassics
      May 5, 2015

      I realize I shouldn’t be so down on the zoomer lit because there are probably a lot of amazing books to read. I think I’m just avoiding reminders that I’m heading in that direction. I would rather read the Highlander romance, ha ha. 🙂

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  7. Naomi
    May 5, 2015

    I think I agree with you on most of these. In fact, there are a few that I didn’t even know existed (Frat Lit, Mermaid Romance, Twitter Fiction). Just as well. There is a lot of Zoomer/Boomer Lit lately, though, and I think I like some of it.
    As usual, fun post! 🙂

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    • ebookclassics
      May 5, 2015

      You have definitely read some interesting books that I guess could be classified as zoomer/boomer lit. Okay, I’ll admit I’m being too hard on this genre. But it’s interesting to think about all of the books of this kind that we are seeing lately.

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      • Naomi
        May 5, 2015

        At some point they will surely run out of ideas on this theme, won’t they? Maybe it’s impossible to ever run out of ideas…

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  8. jessicabookworm
    May 5, 2015

    I haven’t read any of these genres, although if I’m being honest some of them I haven’t even heard of!

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    • ebookclassics
      May 6, 2015

      Honestly, I hadn’t heard of many of them either. It’s interesting how much writing and creativity is out there, even if it’s not to our taste.

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  9. jennielyse
    May 5, 2015

    I really like your list. I don’t think I’ll read any of these either, but Visual Novels sound interesting just because I’m a gamer and I love Choose Your Own Adventure stories, lol.

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    • ebookclassics
      May 6, 2015

      I’m open to the Visual Novel and loved Choose Your Own Adventure stories too (although I always died!), but I can see myself getting frustrated with it and missing old fashioned books (or static pages on my e-reader, ha ha).

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  10. I have to admit that I was impressed with the creativity of these genres! And while there are some that I certainly would never read (erotica with zombies, etc.) I wouldn’t rule out some others entirely. There are usually always books within a genre that manage to surpass its limitations, and it would be a pity to miss those.

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    • ebookclassics
      May 6, 2015

      I like how you pointed out how creative these genres are even if we wouldn’t necessarily be into reading them. Actually, since I’ve written about them, I am growing a little curious about some of them. For all I know, mermaid romances could totally rock my world.

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  11. Dang, I haven’t even heard of some of these genres before. Kudos to you for introducing me to them haha.

    Cheers,
    Joey via. thoughts and afterthoughts.

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    • ebookclassics
      May 6, 2015

      Some of them are way out there, but as Lory pointed out the creativity and imagination put into some of these books is impressive.

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  12. lauratfrey
    May 6, 2015

    Everyone should read dinosaur porn once.

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    • ebookclassics
      May 7, 2015

      My brain is not even sure what that’s supposed to look like, LOL!

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  13. Cayt
    May 11, 2015

    I read a mermaid romance once and it was surprisingly good! I won it in a giveaway and I didn’t know what to expect. I ended up liking it. But I don’t go seeking that type of thing out, I do have to say. I agree with the majority of your genres. I love Outlander, but I think that’s enough Highlander for me. 🙂

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