Last week I posted here about how I wished I sought out more poetry. I like poetry, I just forget to seek it out, and since it is not shelved in my collection area, I need to work harder to simply remember it.
But then I got to thinking about genres and authors I should like in theory, but when I actually read them, I just don't.
Here are some examples.
China Mieville is an author I should love. His books are genre benders that mix fantasy and science fiction. They are intricately plotted, with awesome world-building and lots of social commentary. But every time I read one, I am disappointed. Usually it is the characters and the endings that let me down. I really want to like Mieville, but it just never comes together for me.
I also do not like Mysteries as much as I think I should. I have a few series I like a lot, but I like those because of the characters or the setting. In general, I am always annoyed at how neatly mysteries end. The bad guy is caught and the good guys prevail. Mystery has none of the anxiety and uncertainty I love in horror and psychological suspense.
Here is an example of these mixed feelings from when I read Jo Nesbo's The Snowman. I loved the book until the movie-like ending. It wrapped up too neatly for me. But even though I know that Mysteries always end happily resolved without any ambiguity, I keep trying to find one I will love without reservation.
What about you? For today's Monday Discussion, share an author, genre, or format you wish you liked more.
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