I’ve been making a concerted effort to broaden my horizons and genres when it comes to my reading, and more and more I find myself straying into women’s fiction — or … is there another descriptor I’m missing for the books like this that I’ve been reading.
Some I like and some I’m ambivalent about, like The Missing Pieces of Us. I like my angst and I like my secrets and lies — you might have picked that up here and there and everywhere in my blog. Heh. I felt a wee bit that I wasn’t appreciating it properly for what it was… which is when read this: if it’s not a HEA or a HFN then it’s not romance.
So this article makes the point that a romance without a HEA or HFN (Happily For Now) isn’t a romance. It’s like having a mystery without the mystery. Which kind of made me rethink my review of The Missing Pieces of Us. I still maintain that there is missed potential there, but I’m also speaking as someone who likes their angst before we get to a HEA Or HFN — and this isn’t a genre that deals in angst a whole lot. So do I mark it down if it doesn’t have the angst? Or maybe, I’m still navigating this new genre and I will probably recognise the type of book that gives me the shot of angst I need.
So my resolution? Be a little more open-minded with the books I read, especially if they’re a new genre I’m trying. To understand the genre at least, you have to understand the tropes. And that’s part of the point of reading new genres: learning new tropes.
How do you do it? Reviewing new genres? What do you include and how do your usual genres affect your reviews? Or am I overthinking this?
But for this week, at least…I have, yes another YA novel about the internet and all the dangers of it — I think I am definitely getting a type when it comes to YA these days. Not complaining though, because the books are diverse takes on the whole plot.
Kyla is the popular, perfect student. And then she’s not when someone fakes a video of her and her English teacher having sex. Which kind of affects her chances of everything, including getting into university. So Kyla takes charge, and starts trying to get the video off the internet and figuring out who did this to her. But what’s curious about this is the setting — a future Brooklyn where privacy is a luxury AND… how does tech turn against you? Because that line is a killer way to end a blurb.
What happens when the Pope and the Dalai Lama take a vacation? This:
This is like the craziest and fun road trip ever: the Pope and the Dalai Lama escape the Vatican and head off across Italy to experience it as ordinary people. They’re accompanied by the Pope’s cousin, his estranged wife and a hairdresser, because that’s how they roll. How hilarious does this sound?!
And then we have a feminist fantasy based on Snow White, with some seriously good characterisation, I think.
This is the story of Mina and Lynet, separated by years between them and magic. Mina’s father replaces her heart with one made of glass — yes, he’s a vicious magician father and not kind (to say the least). When she sees the king of Whitespring Castle, she decides that she’s going to marry him and finally feel love. But with that plan comes her being a stepmother. And that means Lynet.
Lynet discovers a magician (Mina’s father?) created her out of snow in her mother’s image and on her father’s orders. But all Lynet wants to be? Is like Mina. Except, you know, when her father makes her a Queen of the southern territories in their lands, and taking that from Mina, things get frosty. So Lynet has to decide what to do — does she win back Mina, the only mother she’s ever head? Or defeat her?
Is there any middle ground for mother and daughter? Because that’s who they are. This is going to be vicious if those are her choices.
As much as I am trying to change things around in terms of my reading, I am still the same in some ways:
This is the second in a series, so it’s entirely doable getting into this now. Frank Marr is a former detective and now PI, who has a drug habit. This particular case begins when he’s trying to find the perfect drug dealer to steal from for his fix, and takes an entirely different turn when he finds out he’s been burgled and his gun has been stolen. And the guy he robbed? Is found murdered, he realises that the two are related. Is he being framed? Why? And who has been watching him to do all this? Frank though is what grabs me here — he’s an addict and hiding it successfully by all accounts. How did he come to be this person?
And last, how does an act of kindness chance Eleanor Oliphant?
Eleanor’s life is fine. Just fine. It’s not living but it’s just the way she likes it… and then an act of kindness changes everything. How? Why? I need to know, because this is a blurb that tells you nothing but that things are going to change for her, and that’s such a loaded word isn’t it? And well, sometimes when life is too routine don’t you find yourself wishing something did change?
Alright, what are you looking forward to this week? And what do you include in reviews outside your normal genres?