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Genre Burnout.

GenreBurnout

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So, most of you who follow my blog will be aware that I mainly read fantasy and that it’s my favourite genre. For a long time it’s been my go-to staple, pick up a fantasy book, get lost in the created world, lore, story, characters and the epic battle between good vs evil.

Recently, however, well, since the back end of last year actually, I’ve been struggling with reading fantasy and somewhere along the way I’ve become tired with and lost my love for the genre!😞

I have these fantasy books that look good, sound awesome and I should be really excited to pick up and read them…….but I’m not and I have no inclination to attempt them! When I try, I get bored and lose interest after a few pages, it’s the same old thing over and over again just with a slight change, rinse and repeat! Seriously, what the fuck is wrong with me?! – polite answers only please I don’t want to be picked apart and trolled in the comments!

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I have the latest John Gwynne book, A Time of Dread to read and admittedly, I’m looking forward to reading that (when time allows in the coming weeks) but it’s down to the fact that he is one of my favourite authors and his previous work, The Faithful and the Fallen series is my all-time favourite fantasy series and not that the book is a ‘fantasy‘ book but hopefully there’s a chance it will get me out of this funk I am currently in.

I’ve got the final book in a series to read. I really like the series and the book itself is getting glorious reviews from everyone who has read it. I should be eager to read it and find out how it all ends! After all, I’ve spent hours reading over 2,000 pages in the previous four books but I’m not bothered! I can’t find the want to pick up and read it and see how the author ends it, no interest!😞

I was lucky enough to be quoted in a book recently too, yay, score for my small outcast blog, take that same old blogs.πŸ˜€ The previous book is on my Top Ten Books of 2017 post, I loved it and I should be chomping at the bit to continue the journey but I’m left with a sense of ‘meh’ when I think about picking up the book!

I’ve predominantly read fantasy not just since I started blogging but since I got back into reading too. I’d occasionally dabble in other genres but sooner rather than later I’d always find myself back with a fantasy book in hand. Hell, I’d read one book in a genre just for a small break and then be eager as fuck to get back to reading fantasy. Now, I’m not! The horror!

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Even for upcoming releases that both look and sound awesome, I’m left with a feeling of indifference about them. These aren’t just books I’ve only heard about recently and who would be new to me authors and/or series but series continuations and sequels to books that I absolutely loved in 2017. For all intents and purposes I should be gagging to get my hands on them in the months to come and going ‘wow, that sounds awesome‘ but at the moment, I’m not, hopefully, nearer the time I will be but at the moment, no.

I’m still reading, I’m not in a reading slump but I’m in a genre slump, is that even a thing?!πŸ€”

I’ve recently got into reading more thrillers and I’m thoroughly enjoying them! See, not a reading slump as I’m still reading but a genre slump! So, as it’s happening to me I guess it must be a thing or I’m the first case, Nah, I’m not first at anything! Help me out, has this happened to you?!?

There are even thrillers in the upcoming months that I think sound great or more specifically dark and disturbing!πŸ˜‚ This is confusing as fuck to me as upcoming fantasy releases I could care less about but the dark side (shudders) of thrillers, I think the books sound awesome and I want to read them! Thrillers for the win! – yeah, I’m scared too that I wrote that sentence on my blog!

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I think perhaps I’m burnt out and fatigued from reading so much fantasy and all it involves. Sometimes, the books are hefty tomes, daunting in length, take ages to read and it’s a very deep and complex genre anyway. If you aren’t in the right frame of mind, subsequently, you will find your mind wandering, you can’t engage with the book or focus on the story and/or characters (which is what is happening to me at the moment) and you can’t connect with the authors work.

I’m actually beginning to see why some people/bloggers/readers don’t stick to reading just one single genre and mix it up, reading a variety of books and keeping the reading experience fresh.

I like a variety of TV shows, films and games all in different genres, why should my reading be any different?!? I don’t stick to one specific genre in the those so perhaps it’s time to broaden my reading horizons.

Obviously, from Music Monday you will know that I only like rock and metal music so that’s not included with the above. That’s not going to change, loud, shouty, angry music for the win!🀘🎸

If I fall out of the enjoyment of listening to metal and start bopping to Bieber and Swift then it’s bye-bye blog and bye bye world as I will end up incarcerated in a padded cell!πŸ˜‚

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I’m not going to stop reading fantasy (well, I have at the moment, sadly) I’m just tired of the genre, need a break and I think I definitely need to branch out into trying and reading more genres and books that interest me.

I’m hoping, fingers crossed that my current couple of reads in the thriller genre will solidify my thoughts that it’s a genre I want to read more of and also that some time away from fantasy will reignite and rekindle my love for what is my favourite genre.

So,

Regardless of your favourite genre has this happened to any of you?!?

Have you become burnt out and tired of reading your favourite genre?!?

Do you ever get bored with reading the same stuff over and over again?!?

I know lots of you read a variety of genres, does this work to keep your reading experience fresh?!?


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146 thoughts on “Genre Burnout.

  1. If there is a single person in this world that this has never happened to, they either

    1) Have never picked up a book in their life

    Or

    2) aren’t human.

    I love fantasy books too but I had a slump in 2015 (pretty much the whole year, in which I couldn’t read fantasy or motivate myself for anything else either). It was only when I started a reading challenge and my blog last year that I managed to get past the blockage.

    Based on my experience, my advice is to try something new! Maybe read a book of a completely different genre, with a stance reading it more critically and think from an editing perspective. What changes would you make? Alternatively, I know some people that read books in a different language. Whether that floats your boat or not, my point is to try reading from a different perspective. Then when you go back to reading Fantasy (or just reading for the enjoyment of it) it will be refreshing again 😊

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  2. Yep, this is why I read in two genres that are completely at odds with each other: horror and romance. I get bored if I read too much romance, I get depressed if I read too much horror. A balance of the two keeps me from losing my mind. I also throw in some thrillers and true life crime and other stuff to keep it fresh. You will find your love for fantasy again.

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  3. It would seem you have already found the solution to your dilemma, by moving (albeit temporarily) to other genres. After all, even if chocolate is one of the best things in the world, no one could go on eating only chocolate, day in, day out, could they? πŸ˜€
    A change of scenery will certainly help you out of this fantasy slump – and since I’m almost at the end of “A Time of Dread” (my first work from this author), I encourage you to come back to fantasy fully “rested”, because this novel is nothing short of amazing.
    Good luck! πŸ™‚

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  4. Mmm… I think genre burn out is exactly why I have gone down the route of reading various genres… even if just for the craic of it, you know? A bot of change in the reading landscape always helps.. especially when you take a plunge into different genre and only come across crap- my word, do you see the value of your fave genre then again πŸ˜€ However… that said- thrillers rock! b:D

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  5. I have found that anyone who stuck to just one genre without ever dipping their toes in any other genres were bound to feel what you’re feeling at some point in their lives. Especially when you read ALL THE TIME. Sure there are those that ONLY read one genre but barely have a consistent reading habit (at least a daily reading routine). But I think reading multiple genres (at least 2) will help a lot in enjoying everything you pick up. It’s nice to hear that thrillers are now something you’re starting to love a lot. I’m actually feeling the opposite about them nowadays hahah I think I’ve gotten used to the thrill and can’t feel it anymore. πŸ˜› I might cut on those and go back to reading some classic crime novels a la Agatha Christie or something instead of psychological thrillers. Fantasies have however become more and more a go-to for me too hahah Hope this burnout doesn’t last for too long, but don’t worry about it man. Read what you want when you want. And if reading isn’t like it used to be, do something else (I know you’ve got other hobbies, i.e. video games). πŸ˜‰

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    1. Alas there are people/bloggers out there who read 200 books per year in just one genre!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

      Ah, I can see that if you read a lot of them then the thrill could go. I guess it’s something that can happen with every genre. I’m definitely enjoying branching out a bit more though and reading different books.

      Ah, yeah, video games. It takes me months to finish a game!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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  6. I can really relate to this- especially right now cos I’m currently experiencing a general burnout :/ I do know that when I’m experiencing a burnout for a particular genre then reading other types of books does help, so it’s a good call with the thrillers. Sometimes our brains just need a rest from the sameiness (or sometimes certain genres, like fantasy, require a bit more concentration, so if we’re exhausted in general, it can be hard to get into them… trying not to over-analyse it though! πŸ˜‰ ) I do find generally with adult fantasy that I need to be in the right frame of mind.
    hehee I think that would be the responsible thing to do if you started “bopping to bieber” πŸ˜‰ For the sake of humanity- we don’t need more “beliebers” πŸ˜‰

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    1. Yes! Adult fantasy requires concentration! Totally agree. I do like losing myself in the books, etc (well, until the burnout) but I find they take longer to read. Not just the length but the concentration required to follow all the characters, the history, the world, etc and other genres just seem easier to read. There’s a killer to find, murders to solve, etc instead of crazy amounts of stuff and weird names galore to remember.

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  7. I’m so glad you are doing other genres. I do like fantasy, but I don’t read it all the time. I have never got a genre burnout. But I do read other genres. Thursday I finish listening to Horns by Joe Hill and I watched the movie. Right now I’m reading The Dark Tower II: The Drawing of the Three by Stephen King. I’m also reading vampire porn and a martial art fantasy book series.

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  8. I used to read loads of religious fiction until I realised how they were all basically the same story by different authors…person finds mysterious artefact, mysterious evildoers want artefact too, chase ensues, artefact lost to the world at the end…that kind of thing. No wonder they were all on offer at the supermarket! Thank goodness for the Kindle! πŸ™‚

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  9. I’m definitely a mood reader and switch up what I read constantly, hopping from genre to genre. Last year I binged a bit on thrillers though, it was a new genre to me and I was hooked. I’ve burned out on it a little bit since I’ve started to see some common tropes that are constantly repeated over and over, so it’s definitely a thing. Even still I end up getting hyped and adding every new thriller to my TBR, this past year has been an amazing time for thriller publications so it’s a great time to get into them.

    Definitely take a break from fantasy, read some more thrillers and other genres and maybe it’ll be that much more refreshing once you go back to fantasy. πŸ™‚ Hopefully you can kick the slump and rekindle that passion again, fantasy is such a great genre!

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    1. Thank you. Fantasy is a fantastic genre, can’t beat it for escapism and yeah, I’m hoping my break will rekindle my love for the genre as there are some great upcoming books to be released this year.

      I can definitely see that thrillers would have the same tropes repeated. I guess most genres do to some extent and its just if you notice it or not. There are some great books about though so it’s definitely a genre I want to read more in.πŸ“š

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  10. I’ve certainly had a genre burn out before. Most recently was a few months ago when I had nothing but YA books and they were all contemporary, or kids books that I had had enough of reading. I went to the library just to find a decent fantasy or sci-fi book which is what I wanted to read at the time. Don’t feel bad about genre burnout, it’s why I never limit myself to the genres I read. Sometimes I’ve read a genre I’m not even that sure about (historical fiction a few years back) but found I’m not very interested in it, which is hopefully how you feel trying out thrillers. Thrillers are definitely a different pace to a lot of adult fantasy too so a good change πŸ™‚
    As long as you feel like reading a book just go ahead, nobody has to apologise for putting off a genre they’re usually into for some time. Sometimes reading a lot of other genres then makes you want to read the one you were bored with too :). Great post by the way.

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  11. This is exactly why I read a variety of different genres! I get burned out if I read too many similar books in a row. I also have to change up the setting & time period, genre, and author. It’s really frustrating because when I find a great series, I rarely will read them all 1-2-3 without a break in between, and then I forget what’s going on!
    Since you wrote this post awhile ago (I’m so behind on my blog hopping!), I hope that you’ve been able to get back into reading fantasy again and that it’s better than ever before! πŸ™‚

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  12. Oh genre burnout. This happened to me with post-apocalyptic books. For me, it was because they are all so much the fucking same. There are only so many books I can read about some people on a fucking road being violent fuckheads and trying to rebuild the exact same shitty society that has just collapsed. This happened several years ago and I can still barely stand them. Then again, if someone showed me a truly original apocalyptic book, I might be back on board.

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