Another top ten list from The Broke and the Bookish, this one is for confessions.
I’m taking the confessions part of this theme seriously, so I’m going to be mentioning personal preferences and even a thing or two that I might be personally embarrassed about. It isn’t going to seem like a big deal to people who aren’t me, but oh well. Also, some of these confessions may skew a bit towards my media preferences in general. So, here goes.
1. I haven’t read Harry Potter. I know, I know. But I’m not going to read something just because everyone else is reading it. So there.
2. If something has vampires in it and I’m actually reading it, it’s despite the vampires. Sorry current pop culture trends, vampires creep me out a little. I mean, they use pointy objects to draw blood from your neck. That’s the ultimate nightmare blood drawing. I won’t stop reading a good book because of them, but it had better be a good book for me to keep reading. I think Karen Chance might be the only writer I read whose books features vampires as romantic heroes. The only one. And I’m reading her books for the complexity of the time travel and the quality of her very chaotic action scenes, certainly not for the vampires.
3. I’m terrible at visualizing scenery. Absolutely terrible. I’m mostly a dialogue kind of girl.
4. I have a very heavy bias towards speculative fiction. It is fairly difficult to get me to step outside of genre fiction, especially when it comes to reading. I actually just combed my room looking for something that didn’t qualify as fantasy or sci-fi. And I did manage to find a few historical fiction books that I liked and some movies. But it took some looking.
5. I like my casts gender balanced. I have no idea why. I’m less likely to pick something up if it’s an all male or all female cast (or almost all, in either case). This doesn’t stop me from reading/watching something with an unbalanced cast and loving it if it’s good, but it may make me hesitate to give something a chance.
6. I’m a hoarder. I have a large piles of books all over my room, wherever they’ll fit. You’d think this would improve with the e-book market, but I can’t manage to make myself delete anything off of my kindle either.
7. I’ve managed to read stuff at the two extremes of the publishing spectrum, but I’m having a bit more trouble finding good stuff in the middle. As in, I read both traditional publishing and blog fiction that I very much love and for which I follow the authors. But I’ve yet to read enough indie/self-published stuff to find something I really love coming from there. I know, bad me. I’ll try harder. In fact, I just got some stuff on my kindle, so I’ll be looking through those.
8. I usually need to take short breaks when I read a particularly interesting passage, in order to think it over, before continuing to read the book.
9. I really want to see more urban fantasy leads who aren’t investigators or mercenaries, ect. I’d love to see more diversity in the career paths represented. Yes, I’m asking for a bit much. Write what you know, and all that. Maybe I just wish people with diverse experiences would write more fiction, who knows? That is not to say that there aren’t fantastic books/series with characters that investigate. There are, and I read some of them. But sometimes the field feels a little narrow where I want it to be wide.
10. Things like torn or folded pages bother me for no apparent reason.
Anyone else want to contribute to the confessions?