Reading

A Q&A About Book Genres

Questions. Answers. Book genres.

What’s your favourite genre?

That’s a tough one. As of right now, I have to say thriller. Any type. Legal, medical, even political. I’m not the biggest fan of politics, even though I took a class in high school. Shudders.

Least favourite?

Romance. Or anything remotely resembling it. Thanks but no thanks. Maybe when I have a boyfriend, I won’t roll my eyes while reading romantic scenes, but I can’t make any guarantees.

What genre(s) do you write?

Realistic fiction because contemporary young adult is all I know how to write.

Which ones do you read?

Almost everything. You name it, I probably read it, unless the book involves two main characters falling in love within the space of two pages.

What do you want to read more of?

Historical fiction hands down. I don’t read enough about history, but whenever I do, I tend to enjoy the story.

Read less of?

Chick lit romance. Duly noted.

The first genre you fell in love with?

Realistic fiction in general. I went through middle grade chapter books like a girl with nothing better to do. Because I had nothing better to do.

Any you’ve fallen out of love with?

I used to read manga and comics. I haven’t fallen out of love with them per se, but perhaps I’ve fallen more in love with other genres. Maybe I’ll pick them up again in my retirement.

The genre associated with your favourite book or author?

Young adult fantasy and science fiction. I’ve come to appreciate these books more than I used to when I was a narrow-minded kid.

The genre associated with your least favourite book or author?

I kid you not, it’s a young adult fantasy and science fiction. Huh.

The most hit or miss genre in your opinion?

This might explain my two previous answers. Fantasy and science fiction by far. The author either hits the mark or misses it completely for me.

An underrated genre?

All of them. Sports fiction specifically.

Most challenging genre to read or write?

An epic fantasy because I don’t have the chops to pull that sort of book off. Exhibit A: what’s world-building…

As always, I’d love to know your answers in the comments below. Or you could write a blog post answering the questions above.

Reading

Legend – Marie Lu | A Book Review

Legend - Marie Lu

Title: Legend

Author: Marie Lu

Genre: Science Fiction (Young Adult)

About the book: Legend is the first novel in a trilogy. Prodigy and Champion are the second and third books. The nation is at war. Metias is murdered and Day is suspected of killing him. But as Day tries to save his family and June tries to catch the most wanted criminal in the country, both teens start to uncover the truth behind what their country is really up to.

First impressions: I had high hopes for the book. It’s shorter than I thought at about 300 pages, especially considering the genre. Part of the reason why I purchased Legend was because my friend likes Lu. I’ve also been meaning to read some of her work, since I see pictures of her books online all the time. At the outset, I think the story started off promising. It had potential to be so much more, though.

Characters: The novel is told in first person point of view, both Day’s and June’s. As much as I enjoy books told in alternating viewpoints, I tend to like reading one side over the other. So I found myself looking forward to hearing Day’s side of the story more, as he’s the wanted criminal people are after, despite the fact he isn’t an evil or terrible guy. That said, I wanted more character development from everyone, not just the main characters but the secondary ones as well. Of course, there’s some romance between the main characters, and their relationship blossoms quicker than I wanted for their feelings to be believable. At least, they don’t fall in love right away. In fact, for about half the book, June thinks Day murdered her brother, Metias, so she seeks to avenge his death by bringing Day in. Overall, both characters are likeable, even quite similar. They’re motivated by different reasons, yet ultimately the two are just trying to do what they think is right.

Quote:

“Logic will save you when nothing else will.”

Writing: While the story is well-written, I felt like the book lacked in world-building. I wish Lu included more description of people or places. The story advanced at a good pace, but I found myself anticipating what would happen next and being right. So some surprising twists or turns would have been nice. The action scenes (thinks chases and fights) are great, but I didn’t get a good enough sense of where things were taking place.

Final thoughts: Although we don’t get a ton of answers in this novel, I assume we’ll learn more about the secrets and lies the country’s government is keeping as the series goes on. Even though I found Legend predictable at times, it’s still a fun, quick YA read. I tend to enjoy dystopian stories and this wasn’t a bad one. Not the best I’ve ever read but still worth checking out.

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