Up Close and (un)Conventional Before PNR
Welcome my first Up Close and (un)Conventional of 2017. This is where I discuss both things that have to do with reading and blogging, and things that just have to do with life in general. This week, I’ve been thinking quite a bit about what a book snob I used to be… Way back when (hehe, actually, not that far back.) At first, it was because I only read ‘serious’ literature, big names who had won literary prices, classic literature, and some contemporary authors, but only those who wrote about realistic themes and subjects.
Then, I discovered romance novels after my first child was born. And that was when I started to feel how other people kind of judge us based on our reading material. I can’t promise I never did that myself, but I don’t think that I did. And I always try to be openminded about reading now. No matter what people read, as long as they read something, right? Then, apart from Anne Rice’s Vampire Diaries, I hadn’t read any novels with any kind of paranormal creatures in them. That all changed in 2009, when I read Twilight before letting my daughter read it (and watch the movie)… A whole new universe of books opened to me! Actually, more than one world was suddenly there for me to discover! Shifters, vampires, aliens, robots… and thus, my genre preferences were expanded so many times.
Of course, now, it makes me laugh a little bit how naïve I was back then when it came to reading. However, I’m ever grateful to myself for not being afraid of trying new things! Now, there is no limit to the books I can read – nothing is out of reach when it comes to imaginary friends and foes. And age is no hinderance, either. I enjoy Young and New Adult just as much as I do the more mature reads, and expanding my reading horizons have also helped me expand my actual horizons! I have met bookish people from all over the world thanks to Goodreads and blogs. People of all walks of life, of every ethnicity and nationality, of different ages, and who have one important thing in common – the love of books and reading. And really, when it comes to paranormal romance, there just is no limit! So many authors have made their own claim on the genre, and I am still somehow surprised when picking up a new take on those creatures and the world they evolve in.
Were you more restricted in your genres before? Has blogging and meeting many other booklovers online (or off) helped you expand your reading horizons as well?