We all have preferred genres. Yes, we love to read in general, but certain subjects, certain scenarios, are particularly attractive to us, and when given the choice between that type of book and another, we will almost always pick the book with those preferred elements. But why? Which one is your favorite, and what book made you love it?
For me, the answer is easy: Urban Fantasy.
I love it. I could read nothing but UF for a solid six months.<——I know this for FACT, b/c I have done this, and when I did, it was before blogging, so I was averaging a book a day. That’s 182.5 UFs in a row, people.
I regret nothing.
I know that the very first UF book I ever read (not counting Anne Rice, although to be fair, between her and her sister Alice Borchardt, they are pretty much responsible for my interest in all things paranormal) was Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning.
My sister let me borrow her paperback, and I know that the second book hadn’t been released when I finished it, b/c I looked for it. That means I read my very first UF book some time between August 28, 2007 and October 16, 2007. Less than 7 years ago. C-R-A-Z-Y.
After that, for about a year, I kept reading high fantasy, b/c I didn’t understand that there was such a thing as UF, and that Darkfever was it.
Then came True Blood. I didn’t watch the show, not at first anyway. Nope, I saw that the show was based on BOOKS. BOOKS about vampires living in the modern world, and my eyes got really big, and I was like, “Ooohhhh? How long has this been going on?”
Seriously, I just looked it up in my Amazon order history. The first episode of True Blood aired on September 8, 2008, and I ordered BOTH Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris and Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison on September 30, 2008.
At first, I wasn’t completely sold, b/c in both of those series, the creature population lived out in the open, and that was a kind of mind-blowing concept. I had read the YA version of UF—the more recent Twilight series, as well as L.J. Smith’s Secret Circle and Dark Visions trilogies when I was in high school—but the creatures were always hiding from the humans.
If a human discovered that creatures existed, they either died, or got turned into a creature themselves. The end.
So this idea that some major event took place and culminated in the creatures coming out of the proverbial closet . . . and living among us . . . living openly in our neighborhoods, shopping at our malls, eating at our restaurants . . .
So weird . . .
But so FREAKING COOL.
YEP. Once I wrapped my head around the idea, I loved it. And I haven’t looked back since.
But what about you?