Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Armchair BEA - Genre Fiction and Blogging

Today's Armchair BEA topic is genre fiction (fiction read for entertainment, not literary fiction). 

Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #1)  Prodigy (Legend, #2)  Delirium (Delirium, #1)  Divergent (Divergent, #1)

Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)  Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)   

 Here are the questions:

If you’re a reader of genre fiction (science fiction, fantasy, horror, crime, romance) do you have a favourite author or series?  I have to admit, I'm a bigger fan of literary fiction when it comes to adult literature than genre fiction.  When I read genre fiction, my favorite is young adult.  I've enjoyed THE HUNGER GAMES, THE DIVERGENT SERIES, LEGEND AND PRODIGY, THE DELIRIUM SERIES, and am now listening to DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE.  I love dystopian young adult books. My favorite genre fiction adult book is THE STAND by Stephen King.  And what keeps bringing you back for more fantasy/sci fi/horror etc? In young adult lit, I love the survival theme and romance in dystopian, fantasy, and science fiction.  I’m also curious to hear why you think these genres often don’t get the recognition they deserve. I think genre fiction is looked down upon because it is so popular and seemingly inane.  Many of them are made into popular movies, which makes them seem even more appealing to the masses.  Literary fiction seems more directed to serious readers.  Maybe some readers feel like fans of genre fiction aren't "real" readers.  However, I like to read everything.  When it comes to book club books, though, I do prefer literary fiction.  I think there is more to discuss.

Our other topic today is blogger development.  Here are some questions on the post: Have you branched out into your community? I love to read my favorite blogs and learn from them.  I've definitely enjoyed becoming a part of the teacher/reader community by reading blogs and writing my own.  Do you partner with other bloggers? No, I don't partner with other bloggers.  That would be fun!  I have participated in memes and contests for giveaways.  Have you gone "pro" or tried generating some income through your blog? No.  If you're a long-term blogger, how has your online personality developed over the years?  I've only blogged for a year, but I've realized what blog posts generate the most interest, and I've tried to hone in on those topics. Tell us about things you've done to expand your blogging horizons, and the things you'd like to do but haven't managed (or figured out) yet. Getting involved in the Twitter and Facebook blogger community has helped me a lot.  One thing I'd like to know is how to gain more followers.

I'm looking forward to reading what other say about these topics!


  1. I loved the audio version of Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I listened in the car and found myself just driving to get more time to listen.

    AH@Badass Book Reviews.

    1. Ha! I love that! The narrator is indeed great!

  2. Daughter of Smoke and Bone keeps calling my name to read it, but haven't had a chance to read it yet. I think it's important to know what posts generate interest and work on that for future posts.

    Jess @ Literary, etc.

  3. I have a really easy time gaining Twitter followers, but I have a bit of trouble attracting people to my actual blog. If someone could give me that answer, I'd be a happy gal. It sounds like you're finding your stride and that's what's key to blogging. Tattooed Books

    1. Sounds like we both need help with that! It does seem a lot easier to gain Twitter followers!