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To Those Who Read Books In Genres They Don’t Like!

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Happy Sunday morning everyone! I’m not entirely sure that the title I chose is a good fit for this post?! I actually think ‘Drew prods the sleeping, grumpy rabid PC bear‘ is likely to be a more apt name for the post and the response I’m likely to get!

Before I start, I want to make this clear, this post isn’t about bloggers. It’s based on reviews I’ve seen by people on Goodreads and Amazon. People who have been picking apart books just because they contained aspects fundamental to that specific genre of book.

We all like to try and read different genres at times, it’s part of being a reader and diversifying our reading. If we try a book from a genre we don’t frequent and don’t subsequently like it then OK, it happens, or as the saying goes shit happens! And, we can’t like all of the books, all of the time.

But…..you can’t just proclaim you hated the book due to staples of that specific genre! If you read a cookery book then you know it’s going to include recipes, you can’t hate on it solely for having recipes. Yes, if the instructions aren’t clear and the recipes aren’t very good. But, it’s a cooking book, a cooking book means some cooking will be involved ergo if you didn’t want to read a book on cooking you shouldn’t have read a cookbook, that is not the book’s fault!

Take crime/thriller then you know that you are going to get a book where there’s a murderer and people die, you can’t really hate on the book for containing killing and crime when it’s part of the genre. If there’s someone trying to solve a crime/murder then obviously you would first need the aforementioned crime/murder to have been committed. Would I be justified in being negative about the book because there was a murder, not just any murder I might add, but a murder most foul?! No, I wouldn’t as it’s part and parcel of the genre.

Same for romance, you know there’s going to be sex scenes of some degree and persuasion in the book, you can’t hate on it just because you’re prudish and don’t like reading about sex, if that’s the case then obviously you shouldn’t be reading that genre in the first place. It’s definitely not a genre for me, I don’t want to read about some dude getting his rocks off with a Barbie girl in a hotel room, no thank you! But, if I’d been tortured, made to listen to Justin Bieber for days on end and then held at gunpoint whilst I was forced to read one of these titular (sniggers titular, tit, bet there are lots of tits on display in a smut book) then I wouldn’t be able to bemoan the fact that the book contained romance and a bit of ‘getting jiggy with it‘ as that’s part of the genre.

What about Dino erotica?? Yes, it’s a genre as I found out in my fun and inappropriate book covers to series of posts. It’s obviously going to include dinosaurs, women/men and interspecies sex and I’m presuming that, if you read the genre then those are the exact things that you like! The buxom bosomed bimbo riding the raptor?! Purely guess work but T-Rex’s etc are huge (not in that sense, they had tiny brains, they might well have had tiny genitalia too) so, how does it work?! It’s definitely a genre to make fun of but hey, each to their own and if people enjoy reading it then it’s up to them! But, you wouldn’t purchase a Dino erotica book and then complain about it including dinosaurs, people and bestiality – dinosaurs are reptiles, so, reptiality?? Because it’s obvious that that is what the genre includes! I guess you could pull the author up on their lack of research as I’m pretty sure dinosaurs are extinct?! Which means no thorough and well-researched research has gone into the book! Unless there’s a secret island of dinosaurs, similar to Jurassic Park only these dinosaurs are bred for some loving!

Likewise, with grimdark, it is a grim and dark subgenre of fantasy including morally ambiguous characters, swearing, copious amounts of visceral and gratuitous violence and bloodshed, you can’t hate on a grimdark book for including those things when they are the core components of the genre! Dislike the book, yes, but hate on it due to it containing those elements, no, sorry that’s not right as you knew what you were getting when you requested/started the book.

And then there’s, Y-A, I don’t read this genre, it’s not for me! Take Y-A fantasy, I like my fantasy bloodier, grittier and darker. So, if I read a Y-A fantasy book, would it be OK for me to hate on it due to me disliking the writing, characters and story?! Yes, of course it would as those are things that we look for and want to like in every book that we read, regardless of genre! However, would it be OK for me to hate on a Y-A fantasy book because it doesn’t contain morally ambiguous characters, swearing and copious amounts of visceral and gratuitous violence and bloodshed, all the things that I love in grimdark?! No, it wouldn’t as they aren’t part of that specific genre and I’d know that when I chose to read the book.

But…..I’ve seen various Goodreads reviews for grimdark books that have been requested and then disliked by readers with lots of Y-A books (and other genres too before you all start on me for Y-A bashing, because I’m not) on their profiles. Mainly for containing all the things that are aspects of the genre, maybe, just maybe, I should rag on books from your favourite genre as you’ve already set the precedent by berating books from mine! I mean c’mon, it’s called grimdark, it’s even got grim and dark in the title! I understand that being grimdark might well impugn on your delicate sensibilities and pure clean image but the things you pull apart are the things that make grimdark, well, grimdark!

Finally, let’s look at diverse books (flaming pitchforks at the ready for me). People choose to read diverse books because they are just that, diverse! And that’s cool. However, people seem to be hating on books simply for not being diverse. I can understand that you as a reader of diverse books would like and hope to see diverse characters in every book you read. But, if a book isn’t actually labelled as diverse, same for being labelled Y-A, crime/thriller, romance or fantasy then surely you can’t complain about the lack of diversity in it?! You can be disappointed and even upset, fair enough, that is your prerogative but you didn’t buy a diverse book, you purchased a book. To me, it seems wrong to hate on and be negative about a book simply for its lack of diversity when its not actually a diverse book! It’s the same as if you bought a horse and it turned out to be a donkey, that would be false advertising! And, if you did buy a diverse book and it turned out not to be diverse then fine, have at it and complain away!

A quick last mention also needs to go to language and people taking offence at certain words being used by authors. No, I don’t mean swearing, no-one gives a shit about that. Though some people still take offence to it in books even though I bet they swear in real fucking life! I mean words or terms that are deemed as offensive when no offence is meant. Or when they are the correct and authentic word for the time period used. And, they fit the meaning and usage required by the author. I’ve seen a few reviews (again from people who don’t often read the genre of book they are reviewing) offended by a single word, one word out of the hundred thousand that make up the whole book. It’s just a word, not a world ending travesty of biblical proportions! People find offence in most things but to me, hating on a book just because one word offended you is wrong, no mention of the story, characters, etc or any other reason only you decided to DNF the book due to a word upsetting you.

Words are words, just because you took offence to it, it doesn’t mean others will. I like the word ‘cunt‘ it’s one of my favourites to use! Others don’t like it, I’m not right for liking it and they aren’t right for their dislike either, it’s just a word! Yes, I’m fully aware that words contain meaning and can hurt, I write poetry after all and fully understand that words have power and can bleed fucking meaning. But, offence at a single word in a book, then going on a tirade against the author for using it, no, it just seems over the top and wrong.

Alas, haters gonna hate, playas gonna play, readers gonna read and cunts gonna be cunts! And, there is always going to be someone who is offended by something no matter how inconsequential to the grand scheme of things! – that dear readers is a sentence for you all to hate on and berate me and this post over, not just a word but a whole sentence! I’m offering it to you freely and pointing it out as I’m such a considerate and decent guy!

Everyone likes to try different things at times, variety is the spice of life and that’s no different with reading. But, how can you pull apart a book simply because you dislike all the things that make up and are staples of that specific genre?!? It seems unfair and wrong to me! If you didn’t enjoy the book then fine, if you had issues with the story, writing and characters, etc, that’s OK, they are all valid things to take umbrage with, but please tell us that in your review! Don’t just pull apart the book for including content integral to that genre. The author will have spent a lot of time and effort on the book only to see it getting negative feedback because you chose to read the wrong book in the wrong genre. That’s not their or their book’s fault. It’s that old adage ‘it’s not you, it’s me‘ with the ‘you‘ being the wrong book, no need to slaughter it, an amicable break-up would be better for all, a handshake, a goodbye and a ‘hopefully you’ll find someone right for you next time‘. Because what one person dislikes, another will like!

The point of this post and it’s not aimed at any bloggers (as I mentioned at the start) so chillax yourselves and smoke some Snoop Dogg special blend before you start hating on me! I’m one of the people who stick up for us bloggers constantly and defend our honour when it’s called into question by jumped up cunts! The point is simply this, I’m fed-up with seeing reviews on Goodreads hating on books from my favourite genre due to stupid and inane reasons by people who don’t like the genre. Let’s face it, if it was your favourite genre then you’d be annoyed as fuck too!

Don’t be a hater, don’t berate a book merely for containing all the things fundamental to that specific genre! It’s detrimental to the author and book and it’s also uncool! If you don’t like it, don’t read it, ya dig! To those who do it, I offer you my best Chris Jericho impression and state ‘You just made the list!

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72 thoughts on “To Those Who Read Books In Genres They Don’t Like!

  1. Great post. I’ve been thinking similar recently. One person has reviewed 3 grimdark books on GRs recently. Advanced versions and every time said DNF I don’t like grimdark.Too much violence and cruelty. They had a problem with the word cripple too. Such a horrid word right? I don’t read erotica and say dnf too much sex and all the horrid things erotica thinks is cool.If you don’t like grimdark why keep reading them? It’s fucking stupid that people do keep reading genres they hate.

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    1. Thank you.

      Yeah, I’d read those reviews too, I think I saw your tweet about them a while ago. It’s f#cking annoying, yet they think it’s OK, they’d soon chime off if I said I don’t like Y-A because it doesn’t have enough violence in it.๐Ÿ˜‚

      I saw that about cripple, to me there’s nothing wrong with that word especially if/when the person uses it to describe themselves. There was also a review that chimed off about the use of ‘swarthy’ not sure what the issue with the word is but the person hated it and complained that the character was classed as a swarthy savage, the character isn’t human so if the person thinks swarthy is racist then it’s immediately irrelevant as the character isn’t human. And, the character killed people in glee, was out for revenge, etc and that’s why he was a savage but of course that’s not the reason it’s the word the author used to describe his colour, annoying!

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  2. Interesting piece. I broadly agree – people can be so unreasonable – except I would include “diverse” as a genre or sub genre alongside all those others. I think diversity in fiction is a separate issue and there is a discussion to be had about lack of it (both in portrayal and in authors) – but that’s a different discussion!

    (I wish there were more books that blend genres, but I guess they’d get even more criticism!)

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    1. I’m classic diverse as a separate genre, it seems to be how it is diverse books are a genre like fantasy, crime, etc along with the subgenres of diverse fantasy, diverse romance, etc. Just like Y-A is an age range with various Y-A sub genres, I made the point about Y-A fantasy as it was Y-A fantasy fans who don’t like adult fantasy.

      There might be a lack of diversity but there are plenty of diverse books out there, my issue is with people picking up a book and then complaining that it’s not diverse, yes, they can have wished it had diverse characters in it. But if it’s not labelled as and sold as a diverse book then it’s unfair to hate on it to everyone for its lack of diversity. I don’t read diverse books and then rag on them for not having white people, it’s just how it is.

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  3. Haha! Dino erotica. I love that that’s a genre. Yes! I totally agree with this. I don’t often read books outside of my genres because… well, because they’re outside of my genres. I can even extend that to authors. I LOVE Robin Hobb, but if I don’t want to read about semi-erotic relationships between currently or formerly inanimate objects that have come to life, I know not to pick up her books. It’s kind of like trying to touch a poisonous snake and saying “Ouch! It bit me!” Yes, dumbo, of course it did.

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    1. Ha, Dino Erotica, also monster erotica, awesome!๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ obviously I don’t read those genres, I found them when looking for fun and inappropriate book covers for a blog post!

      Robin Hobb is awesome!

      Ha, that snake bit is awesome, so true!๐Ÿ˜€

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  4. Yes absolutely agree! How about just reading whatever you are in the mood for at the time? I fluctuate between soppy romantic ‘crap’ and the darkest crime/thrillers possible. So in theory if I’m in the wrong mood it would be considered ‘simple’ to leave a negative review. But we are all adults responsible for our own actions (maybe!) so it annoys the hell out of me when people bitch for the sake of it .. you have expressed it far more coherently than me but you get my drift ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Thank you, not sure anything I write is coherent though! More like sarcastic, foul mouthed and offensive with a point put in for good measure!๐Ÿ˜‚

      Agree about reading what you’re in the mood for and yeah, at times we all get it wrong. But it’s unfair of these people to hate on books in genres they don’t like, it’s not the books fault they chose the book it’s the readers.

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  5. Hahahaha I still can’t get over the Dino erotica genre! What is that about? Who comes up with that shit?? XD
    I’m picturing a room full of men in impeccable suits, smoking cigars and drinking whiskey while discussing life’s mysteries. When suddenly someone pops in: “You know what would be cool? Dino erotica” and everyone stops, turns to stare and then bursts into applause, clapping the man in the back and exclaiming “Genius! Genius!”. Because that’s exactly what I think happened.
    In all seriousness, I like to always address in my reviews the reason why I disliked a book, and especially why someone else might like it. For instance, I read primarily YA nowadays and will state so in my review for other genres, in case I happen not to love the book. Because I don’t want my review to mislead others who might actually end up liking the book if they’re fans of the genre or have a certain taste.
    About diverse books, I agree. I commend everyone for being all pro-diversity lately and I am myself. But I will not choose a book JUST because it’s diverse. And I will not hate on a book JUST because it’s not. I read books that I think I’ll enjoy, regardless if they have same sex relationships or bi-racial characters. If they do, great! If they don’t, well, that’s fine to me as well. That doesn’t mean I don’t think the world needs more diverse books. It absolutely does!
    Bottom line: “it’s not you, it’s me” is absolutely a perfect way to end a review, sometimes. Great post, Drew! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Thank you.

      Ha, Dino Erotica, monster porn, it’s all good (I guess). I have no idea who comes up with these ideas but your theory is awesome, let’s go with that!

      Oh yes, I’m not anti-diversity, I didn’t want that to come across in the post, I just don’t like the hate that books get when they aren’t diverse as it seems unfair to the author and the book and some people really are vitriolic with their hate on the subject.

      Yeah, we can’t like all the books, even in the genres we read we’ll on occasion come across a book we don’t enjoy. But if the book is in a genre we don’t like, we can’t hate on the book when we choose to read it.

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      1. Hahaha thank you XD Yeah I get what you meant, no worries (and I certainly hope others did as well!)
        On occasion, I do read certain genres I don’t particularly reach out for, usually, and end up getting both pleasant and unpleasant surprises. But I can be objective enough and identify why I didn’t like a certain book, without being biased. I was under the impression all readers could do that but apparently not…

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    2. I get especially frustrated when people complain about lack of diversity in classic novels. Um, clearly Jane Austen is not going to feature LGBTQ or Hispanic characters. Because in here society those people didn’t exist.

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      1. Exactly! Or racism, or homophobia! They were different times back them and were portrayed as so. All historical novels written today will still have to feature certain offensive themes to be as accurate as possible. Someone complaining about it just absurd.

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  6. I can’t even begin to put into words how much this post has offended me!!!

    trollolololooolll… just kidding, mate! Great post and wishing for Snoop Dogg’s special blends to all! LOL ๐Ÿ˜€
    I have definitely learned so much about reviewing a book during my blogging years… it has taught and shaped my thoughts and analytical thinking, even… I guess, I could say, I am a lot more open minded about books that I don’t like and generally, through the ages, I have learned that I can find positives in most all genres and books…if it’s not the writing, it’s the characters, if it’s not the characters it’s the idea, etc. I like to read wall to wall and sometimes the genres I test don’t work out for me, but I hope I normally have a good reason for not liking a book, not some unreasonable grievance I can only blame myself for (like picking up a highland historical romance knowing I don’t like Dukes in a kilt in the first place! although, that’s not true and a bad example. Everybody likes dukes in kilts! ) ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. Oh no! Have I offended your delicate and ladylike sensibilities Liz?! I do humbly apologise!๐Ÿ˜‚

      I do not like dukes in kilts! But I get your point and that’s also the point of the post. You can’t just hate on a book with an unreasonable reason when you chose to read the book, valid reasons then sure, go for it and hate away. But saying that a book is sh#t just because it contains something that is part of the genre, nope. It’s like if I read a romance book and then hated on it for including romance, obviously it was going to include romance, it’s in that genre! Ergo, it would be my fault and not the books.

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  7. Agreed , but I Must admit , I have been at fault about this , I did hate on YA books because of lame-ass Love triangles but in my defense , I grew up reading Harry Potter , Nancy Drew and Bartemeus and they were listed as YA and I didn’t know Love triangles was the go-to thing for YA.

    Also when i first bought First Law books I found the first few reviews of the books on GR moaning about violence ,darkness etc , I was skeptical ( coz that’s my thing) and Thank god I read the books .

    I also understand what you wanted to impress upon the readers , if you don’t like something , why try to read it and then moan about it . Fantastic Post as always

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    1. ooh and that Jericho pic made me look it up on Youtube , I didn’t know he still wrestled and man that’s some funny gig he’s going on ๐Ÿ˜‚

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    2. Thank you and yeah, that’s my point! It’s like someone buying the Fifa video games when they dislike football and then proclaiming it’s crap because football is sh#t!๐Ÿ˜‚ If you don’t like something it’s not the books fault when it’s a genre you don’t like.

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  8. Will you marry me?
    I love everything about this post.
    But I’m guessing on the Dino-rotica…they are prob shifter romances…that’s a genre too ::shivers:: where the male is usually able to “shift” into some other creature like a werewolf or…well, dinosaur? I don’t know…I don’t read them (surprise, surprise) and so I am hoping it’s not actual Dino-love but shifter Dino-love but it’s still just not right. ๐Ÿคข

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    1. Ain’t no one want to marry me! I’m destined to be a sarcastic loner forever more!๐Ÿ˜ข

      I’ve heard of shifter romances, it could even have been you that told me about them! I haven’t a clue what goes on in Dino porn, not a clue and I don’t really want to imagine it either!๐Ÿคข๐Ÿคข

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  9. This is something that never fails to make me chuckle, because you know books are in a genre to make it clear what the book contains, right? To give you a clue. I think some people are so underwhelmed by books they pick the obvious thing to pick on.

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    1. Well, yeah, obviously books are in a genre to make it clear but some people seem to forget that!๐Ÿ˜‚ You have a point about picking on the obvious thing but it’s annoying, or it annoyed the f#ck out of me that they hated on books in the genre I like due to staples of that genre. I guarantee if I read one of their books and hated on it for the obvious and what it includes/doesn’t include WW 3 would start cos some book fans be crazy if you diss their precious books!๐Ÿ˜‚

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  10. First of all, ‘The buxom bosomed bimbo riding the raptor’ is the best line ever ๐Ÿ˜‚
    Second, yeah, it’s ridiculous when people hate on a book simply for being a book of it’s genre. You’re open about your dislike for romance but that’s because it’s got elements that you KNOW you don’t like. You don’t read it and then criticise the fact there was sex or people falling love, both basic elements of the genre.
    Going back to your point about people DNFing a book because of the language, I’ve never done that but I did once read a conventional romance novel (by which I mean a mafia hit man romance novel) where there was swearing every other sentence and it was fucking hilarious because literally no one (not even you!) swears that much ๐Ÿ˜‚
    Awesome post!

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    1. Ha, that was one of my better lines!

      Thanks, though it’s not an awesome post it’s a disappointment! I really thought people would take offence to it (especially as I mention Y-A and diverse books which have rabid fan bases) yet no-one has!๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ˜ข

      Exactly! I don’t like romance so I don’t read it. But if I did read a romance book and hated it, stating that the writing wasn’t enjoyable, the story was poorly paced and the characters were crap then they’d be valid points. Now, if I simply hated on it and said it contains too much romance as I don’t like romance then it’s not valid as it’s a romance book, it’s bound to contain romance and that would be my fault for reading it as I don’t like the genre, not the books fault.

      Conventional romance is a mafia hit man romance?! WTF?!๐Ÿ˜‚

      Hey! Mean! I don’t swear that much thank you! Hardly at all, there isn’t much swearing in the post at all Jabz, you are just being mean to me
      !๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜ 

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      1. And it’s a bad day when you can’t offend someone, isn’t it? ๐Ÿ’”
        Yeah, that’s conventional, right? I mean, I know I’ve been single a while but I’m not CLUELESS. Everyone meets their significant other when they’re hired to kill them, right? ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
        I’m sorry, I’m just the worst. So mean. Accusing sweet, innocent you of swearing a lot! Sending you book covers with glistening abs! I’m a monster!

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      2. Yes actually it is, heartbreaking!๐Ÿ˜ข I did subtitle the post ‘Drew prods the sleeping grumpy rabid PC bear’ because and no sarcasm intended I was sure that the post would get some negative feedback! Ya know both diverse and Y-A fans be crazy! Especially Y-A who hate on each other as well as those who diss their books! Apart from one comment on Twitter which was irrelevant as well, I insult most things and maybe if I’d insulted romance and Y-A as much as I did Dino porn they’d have a point, but I didn’t and so they don’t!๐Ÿ˜‚

        I’m not going to say that I wanted to offend people, thought it would have amused me but I genuinely thought people would disagree with the post! Let’s be fair, I’m foul mouthed, sarcastic and come out with some really weird sh#t in these types of posts YET people like and agree with them! Crazy!๐Ÿ˜‚

        At least I know where I’m going wrong now, I need to get a job as a Mafia hitman, sigh, it’s so obvious!๐Ÿ˜‚

        I don’t swear that much, it’s the comments that are worse than my swearing and I’m glad you finally admit to being mean! First step on the road to recovery is admitting that you have a problem!๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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  11. One of the first books I ever reviewed on Goodreads was the Eragon series. Personally I really liked the first two books, but a lot of people didn’t. But what I just could not get over (and still can’t get over) was the people who HATED the first book, went on to read the second anyway, and then complained about how much they hated it because, guess what, IT WAS A LOT LIKE THE FIRST! No shit Sherlock. And I’ve seen this a couple of times on other series and in other genres too. If you didn’t like the first book in a series, A) Why did you even keep reading? B) Did you REALLY expect something different, and C) STOP WHINING! Good gravy, it’s like people have no common sense.

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  12. Excellent points! We had a lot f issues with this in the book club I was in for a while. It was predominantly a fantasy book club, but a few of the members hated fantasy and all they did was rip everything apart. It was so irritating.

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    1. Thank you.

      Erm…..people hated fantasy, no, just no, fantasy is awesome!

      Yeah, that’s my point of the post though, people just rip apart what they don’t like, it’s not constructive, it’s annoying and begs the question if you hate the genre that much then why are you reading it?! It’s not the author and the books fault!

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  13. Also! (Still thinking about this…) This reminds me of a twitter thread I saw a couple of nights ago. There is a difference between “I don’t like it” and “It was bad” that people really need to learn to recognize!

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  14. There is a lot of truth in this. I do agree that you have to be open to what a genre entails while exploring them. I know, I read almost everything haha. However, I don’t mind reading reviews like those mentioned. Most I encounter give me a good perspective into why the genre doesn’t work for others ๐Ÿ˜‰ It can be fun to compare conflicting thoughts on some of my favorite elements. The review belongs to the reviewer eh?
    ๐Ÿ˜‰ Great post and food for thought as always.

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    1. Very true. But, surely those people could also point out the positives and mention things about the book, story, characters, writing, pacing, etc and not just what they don’t like. If you don’t like grim, gritty, dark, violent and morally ambiguous characters then grimdark isn’t for you, that’s not the books fault as those things are staples of that genre, you can’t say you hate them and so the book is sh#t when you shouldn’t have chosen the book, that’s not the books fault. If I read one of Jabz’s God awful romance books, obviously we’d have to see if I could first or if the cover made my eyes bleed and thus reading impossible. But, could I then either DNF the book or finish it and then hate on it purely for containing romance, obviously it’s going to contain romance as it’s a romance book, I would have known that ergo it’s my fault that I hated the book and not the books fault.

      You have a very valid point about why the genre doesn’t work for others, can’t fault that but the reviews I’ve read were just vitriolic bashing and hating on the book and author, there’s a better way to go about it than all out hating. Explain you tried the genre and due to elements you didn’t enjoy it, it’s not for me but if you’re a fan of the genre it could well be for you. Hating for the sake of hating in a review just isn’t cool.

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      1. I do agree that reviews should be constructive and always aim to portray the positive and good ๐Ÿ™‚ If I explored a new genre and realized I failed to connect with the book simply because of the genre, I would probably offer a constructive review that was used to highlight anything positive like the writing style, etc and then discuss what I learned about my dislikes for the genre. But I see these sort of reviews and move on if they are a bash fest. I honestly skip any review that is that harsh. I know some people will rage as a gimmick, but I don;t enjoy it knowing how much author’s give to their work.

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  15. oh gosh first off, this post needs some serious *applause*!!! (just for poking the rabid PC bear alone I’d have wanted to give you a high five- but this post is seriously awesome!!) Yes, yes and YES!!!! A million times over!!
    A lot of this post really reminded me of the whole Sansa Stark thing- you know, people complaining that after 5 years of murder and rape and general savagery, one scene where rape was implied was too much so they just had to quit. It just baffled me so much- cos it was *obviously* part of the show and had been a part of the show from day one. I dunno, I just try to judge things in context instead of flipping out for no reason.
    I cannot stand how people hate on books for not being diverse (or rather not being diverse by their strict standards). And oh gosh I cannot imagine DNFโ€™ing over a single word- WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE- GAH!!! Do you know what grownups do when they read a slur or phrase they donโ€™t like? Nothing!! I mean, everyone sometime, somewhere reads something that gets under their skin- but surely this is just personal taste- no need to take it out on the book! (and in the words of Steve Hughes “so what be offended- nothing happens”) Also, I feel like these people need to go and live in Scotland for a bit- thatโ€™ll desensitise them to the word โ€œcuntโ€ (either that or theyโ€™ll go into a coma).
    Tbh the only thing I disagree with is the fact that I think these people *would* complain about things they actually like- just because they enjoy moaning about things. Seriously- Iโ€™ve seen them moaning when they get *exactly* what they ask- like for more diversity theyโ€™ll just say โ€œyes I know we were asking for this for the authors last two books, but it was shoehorned in, so itโ€™s not good enough- wah!โ€- I just donโ€™t think itโ€™s worth trying to please whingers cos itโ€™s never enough for them (rant over ๐Ÿ˜‰ )
    Anyhoo- hope that wasn’t too long winded. Just thought this was an excellent post and topic!!
    ps hehehe titular ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    1. Thank you!๐Ÿ˜€

      Ha, I prodded the PC bear and survived, I guess they all must be hibernating as I was sure that this post would cause some offence. I only included the diverse bit to straddle the line of decency and push boundaries, cos, ya know, I like to do things like that!๐Ÿ˜‚

      I remember that Sansa thing, it’s obvious from both the books and the series, from the very beginning that that sort of thing goes on, let’s not forget Bran was pushed out of the window by a brother and sister sh#gging which set the precedent for the books/show.

      Ha, Scotland Lmao at that! I like c#nt I think it’s an awesome word but part of that could be down to how much lots of people hate it, they cringe at its usage which just makes me use it more!๐Ÿ˜‚

      Yeah, I totally agree, you give them diverse and it’s wrong, moan about any and everything but that’s just how some people are.๐Ÿ˜‚

      Bang on, grownups do nothing or get over it, as you say, everyone is offended by something sometimes but it’s not the end of the world, just deal with it and move on.

      No worries about the long comment, appreciate it and agreeing with what I wrote.๐Ÿ˜€

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      1. You’re welcome!!
        hehehe congrats!!! And good job!! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

        Yes *exactly*!!! Their objection was so stupid, cos a lot of them were like “ughh it was gross and shouldn’t have happened to that character anyway”- which made me think “wait would it have been ok if it happened to another character in their view?” But ultimately my thoughts were: wow it took you five years to realise that not nice things happen in GOT- even to good guys…

        hahahaaa ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ That sentence made me laugh. Totally agree with you. It’s certainly good shock value ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

        hahaha so true ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

        *PRECISELY*!!!

        Ahh I’m glad ๐Ÿ˜€

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  16. Cough cough, *deletes some lines from some reviews* But I completely agree with you on the diverse book thing. I can’t imagine how people have become these days. Yes, it isn’t diverse, ye, I still read it, no, I don’t care. :-/ Great post as always. I recently had a brush with one of those mislabelled books that was presented to me as a feminist thriller but turned out to just be erotica with a so called plot thrown it to make it a “valid” book. sigh.

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    1. Eurgh, a feminist thriller come erotica sounds like a ghastly book, got to have a plot in an erotica book I guess!๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

      Thank you.๐Ÿ˜€

      I don’t have an issue with diverse books, merely the hate that books get for not being diverse which if they aren’t labelled as ‘diverse’ shouldn’t be an issue but diverse seems to be a bit like certain Y-A sections and they are completely vitriolic about books that don’t fit what they want.

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    1. Shit, I wasn’t finished! xD I was saying before my laptop decided to shut me up, that genres are here for a reason. If I decide to read romance, I cannot expect it to follow the rules of my favorite genre, say, the psychological thriller, therefore, I cannot badly judge it for it, it’s so clear and simple. What you get from a book differs according to its genre, and it’s okay to step out of your comfort zone, but not to rant about a book because you don’t find what YOU specifically like. Just choose your books wisely, and don’t go into alien erotica, hahaha!
      And you quoted Taylor Swift mouhahaha

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      1. Did you swear in a comment Waffles???? I am shocked, shocked!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

        Exactly right, you can’t rant just because you didn’t find what you specifically hate and simply hating on the staples of a genre is just unfair, they are part of the genre, it’s as simple as that. ๐Ÿ™‚

        Oh my, really??????? I can assure you that the Taylor Swift quote was purely by extreme accident!!!!!

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  17. I try not to hate on anything I read/watch. I try to write about the things that were good but let people know that the book just wasn’t for me. I read from all genres and most of the time it’s not the genre that I don’t like it’s usually something to do with plot of character. Hating a book for one word is a bit extreme, but I guess there are people out there. I think there are always gunna be haters out there sadly. ๐Ÿ˜•

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  18. I guess I’m guilty of that. I had been reading Laurell K Hamilton’s books. My mother kept talking about her books a few years ago and I decided to read them. She called them vampire porn. The first few books were really good because there were mysteries involved besides sex. But I read one book that was all sex. I was a little put off because it seemed like she forgot there was a mystery to solve until the end of the book.

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  19. I totally agree with what you say about we can’t hate the romantic book just because it’s all about love and sex. We really need to be aware that love and sex are the components of this genre. When we choose to read the book, we can’t just say that “I am a person who cannot accept sex, so I dislike this book.” It’s all because of our preconception, not the fault of this book or the author. And I think your article also reminds me that, we need to have an open mind when we read the book we chose, as different people have they own thoughts about things. We can have our own point of view, but it doesn’t mean that others thoughts are wrong, just because they are different from us or unaccepted by ourselves. Thanks.
    -Yixi

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