Paperback's Pondering's is a weekly discussion when I take a topic and well, ponder about it! This week's topic is all about why I shy away from fantasy books.
I used to live for fantasy books. Harry Potter and Percy Jackson were the only things I read, and I loved the mystical aspects. But since I got into YA fiction, I have not read a single strictly fantasy book. It seems as if I'm kind of scared of them.
This all started two years ago when I started reading The Hobbit. I absolutely hated how overly descriptive it was, and I didn't even finish it. I thought that it was the most boring book I have ever read. Since then, I have not picked up a fantasy for the same reason: fantasies can be overly descriptive.
Now I shouldn't be thinking that all fantasy books are the same. I know that there are some great ones out there, that are just waiting to be read by yours truly. So why have I put such a bad label on them?
I've realised that I connect more to fantasy books that contain human-like characters. For example, Harry Potter came from the human world. Percy Jackson takes place in modern New York. It's books that are strictly in a magical world that makes me turn off.
I think this stems from the fact that more description is added to the made-up world. More things need to be explained, and sometimes, it is not done well. I've seen so many fantasy books that everyone raves over, but I just can't seem to pick them up because I don't want to take a gamble.
I really want to get back into fantasy. Books like The Throne of Glass series, which seems like it has no haters, really makes me curious. I think that I need to bite the bullet, and just give it a try. I shouldn't put a label on a book I haven't even read yet.
Do you have a specific genre that you have shyed away from, and you want to get back into? Or, do you have any good fantasy recommendations? I'd love to know!
Emily @ Paperback Princess