Apathetic Echidna Posted November 17, 2017 Share Posted November 17, 2017 I find that I have been reading more and more crime and horror fiction recently (the past 5 years or so). I think I chose these books at least partially because of the general lack of romance. With that lack of romance I find that the characters were relatable and had interesting storylines. The astute driven flawed work-aholic detectives or the initially confused but intelligent and resourceful protagonists. The sly snippets of the criminals or beasts to add intrigue, suspension or clues. The long guessing game to a climactic situation. I am not saying that these genres are better than any others, and I am sure there are some books in these genres which have high romantic content. I just seem to feel more relaxed reading these books with a certain surety that romance is not going to invade the series. Most of the books in these genres are episodic to a point, each book in the series has the possibility of being read somewhat as a stand-alone story as character development generally has only a small part to do with the overall plot. I have had bad experiences with book series before in the fantasy crossover of genres which seems to have pushed me to the more real-world serial killer works and creature based pulp horror. I find it is a relief to read about emotionless killers, be they humans, sharks or flies, so I don't have to worry about major romance sneaking in. Maybe my reading choices are a reaction to the pervasiveness of romance in the rest of the media surrounding me or part of my own morbid curiosity. I guess what I am getting at in my ramble is: is anyone else more comfortable reading about characters who tend not to express emotions (I guess besides anger) to avoid most other emotions and their shrapnel, and especially to avoid romance? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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