What do you read?

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  1. Cadence
    I try to spread myself as widely as possible (to stop myself from getting bored by YA fiction), but I often come back to the same kinds of books. YA fantasy is one, as well as horror.

    So what do you read?
  2. Raptor980
    YA Fantasy & YA Science Fiction. I do read the occasional horror but not very often. That's pretty much it for me
  3. AgentZero

    Stephen King, H.P. Lovecraft, R.L. Stine.

    I also just recently found this story called "The Spider." I read 3 times in one day! It was great.
  4. Cadence
    Does anyone think why sci-fi and fantasy are so popular in the YA market?

    I've picked up some King, though I've never read Lovecraft. I must pick up his work soon. My first leap into horror was with Darren Shan, who got boring after a while.
  5. AgentZero
    I'm currently reading a lot of short horror stories. I'm reading "The nameless city." By H.P. Lovecraft right now. But I must say, I'm not so thrilled right now.
  6. Raptor980
    Thats a good question Cadence. Maybe it's because because youths are fascinated in other worlds and futuristic technology. I know I am!

    I've only read horror once (except short stories in school) when I found a really good zombie novel. It wasn't very scary though.
  7. Cadence
    Yeah, I don't find zombies scary. I prefer creepy atmosphere to monsters chomping on your flesh.
  8. Vertigo
    I've never thought much of King. My tastes run to fantasy and SF (mostly adult these days, rather than YA), with a smattering of lit fic. Neal Stephenson and David Foster Wallace are probably my two favorite writers, Glen Cook and Gene Wolfe running not far behind. And I recently fell in love with Joan Didion.

    If anyone is looking for a good zombie novel, try Mira Grant's Feed.
  9. Cadence
    Just tried reading some King. Briliant style, too adult for me. Yay for being sensitive!

    To, you know, sex.

    Also picked up some awful YA rubbish. It was just... eugh...
  10. PrinzeCharming
    I enjoy a wide range of interests from YA, like Alex Flinn and John Green, to current events. I have a large collection of Middle Eastern cultural books from the opium drug trades to child brides. If you wanted to raise eyebrows, the books alone on different foreign language instruction is intense. I never sold any of my collegiate textbooks. I made use for my favorite reads and bought an invisible shelf for the wall.
  11. danielstj
    I go all over the place with my reading: history, philosophy, art commentary, biography, short stories, epics etc.

    It's always good to expand your horizons!
  12. PrinzeCharming
    Yes, which is why it's also great to participate throughout the forums!
  13. Schrody
    Mostly popular science: everything related with theoretical physics and biology, especially evolution. Besides that, I like to read Science Fiction, Comedy, etc.
  14. H.Brown
    I have read mostly YA fiction such as Deborah Harkness, Lauren Kate and L. A.Weatherly as the most recently, I have also read lots of the classics such as Shakespeare, The Brontes, Mary Shelly, Stoker and many more; being introduced to them through my studies and then finding them enjoyable. However most recently I have been branching out into High Fantasy with Robin Hobb's Farseerer Trilogy, Raymond. E. Feist's magician to my favorate read at the moment is Robert Jordan's wheel of time. So I'd say I read alot of different type of books, if I enjoy it I'll read it
  15. Renaissance Man
    Renaissance Man
    Cadence -2013-01-14, 11:58 Does anyone think why sci-fi and fantasy are so popular in the YA market?

    I agree with Raptor980 that YAs are interested in participating in the adult world as experts and a common theme in fantasy books that I've read is that youthfulness is better than experience while sci-fi appeals best to young adults because young adults believe they can create the technology referenced in their lifetimes while the elder generations (sometimes with justification) are hopeful that the technology referenced will never come to be.

    Here's an interesting question that this inspired.
    Can a way to be found to have a story that is scientifically plausible while at the same time using powerful aspects of fantasy and have it still be popular among both audiences of sci-fi and fantasy lovers?
  16. H.Brown
    I believe so, however it depends upon what you see as plausibility, I feel that magic can be plausible as long as it makes sense take wheel of time in that magic is seen as weaves so the magic users weave differences into reality. Where as Patrick Rothfuss' magic system is focused upon correct names so to control something you must know the correct name.

    Both of these fantasy magics I would say could be seen as believable and plausible because they make sense.

    Branching off that though if you do not believe in magic can it ever be seen as plausible?
  17. KThoughts
    I read a lot of mixed genres it didn't matter what genre I read all it mattered for me was how the good the story is to captivate me to keep on reading. I mostly read Fantasy
  18. H.Brown
    I'm now reading Patrick Rothfuss' The wise man's fear and I have to say I am enjoying The Kingkiller Chronicles.

    However I am not sure on what to read next...
  19. Jamboree
    The KingKiller chronicles is on the 'to read' list! About 8th or 9th at the moment though.

    I'm currently reading 'The Second World' by Parag Khanna. It's a book about geopolitics of the 21st century. Not particularly dazzling but fascinating and useful research for how the world will be from a geopolitical viewpoint in the future. My book starts in 2059 so its particularly helpful
  20. H.Brown
    Definatly read them. They start off a little slowly but keep with them.

    I am not too much of a fan when it comes to reading books about ww2 but then after reading eli night's book for my studies I have shied away. Interesting, I like books set in the future. So I am glad it has been helpful for you Jam
  21. Jamboree
    As terrible as war is it does make for some fascinating stories and provides a backdrop for writers to work their magic on. Currently sat in #3rd position on the 'to read' list is A Book Thief by Markus Zusak and I've heard many many great things about it. Friends have cried over it so I'm in no doubt that I wil probably do the same.

    I find the topic of geopolitics particularly fascinating and the author is very engaging in his work. It's also fun because I get to compare his predictions for countries in the future and my book and be like: 'Ah yes, Parag but you clearly haven't considered the assassination of the German Chancellor by a Chinese National, or the terrorist attacks in London of 2060 aiding the rebellion of the time which affects the country's influence on European politics." (Actual background for parts of my novel).
    Anyway I'm waffling but its extremely helpful for me
  22. H.Brown
    I can see why and thats amazing, I have been wanting to read the book theif myself but have had other books that I have wished to read first, I have a list of books longer than my arm lol. Im sure I will get round to it at some point but if you get there first let me know how it is please.

    The more you tell me about your book the more I want to read it hahaha.

  23. Jamboree
    I have to refrain from buying books, partly because I have limited space to put them but also purely for cost reasons as a student. However, I've managed to restrict myself to only getting 5 more at Christmas! Waterstones must love me as a customer.

    Neither parts of those are in the first novel. The former never gets written down, its jut a piece of background I wrote to add depth to the world at the time. The later does happen but there are 2 other books before that and its taken me 7 years so far so I might have it ready for, say, 2025?!
  24. H.Brown
    Yeah I know how that goes...oh wait nope I don't know restraint when it comes to buying books.
    Waterstones must have loved me also I would go in and spend 200 pound on each visit and sometimes I could visit it three times a week so now I have no more space in my tiny flat for books and have to buy and read ebooks, can buy more and fit more into my tablets library, which is awesome.

    It took me a while to get used to reading without a book however now I've found my comfort zone with it and instead of having a bag weighed down with books I have hundreds on my tablet instead.

    That is amazing I have been thinking of making mine into a series but having the first book ready by summer at the latest. Your just making me even more likely to read when you post. ��

    How was your great train journey?
  25. Jamboree
    I've found the restraint of seeing my bank account in red often does the job to stop me buying things. Although even without that, just the job of paying bills, food, rent and uni fees can do that so it doesn't deter me often. My bday is in February so with that and Christmas I usually end up with enough books to last me for the first half of the year.

    I have the original version of the kindle although my mum now uses it as you can increase the font size on there and it helps with her poor eyesight.

    I sort of write/came up with the original story at first and left it deliberately on a cliff hanger as I knew how I wanted it to end but not how the series was going to continue. But over time as I've spent more and more years on the novel, the rest of the series has mostly taken shape. I know how I want it to end and the major events but not fleshing it out. But I am leaving that till after the first book is fully complete.

    Fairly dull as they go, I read then I wrote for a bit. Yet again I failed to charge my latop but oh well, sometimes going back to the old pen and paper atually makes me write better.
  26. Jamboree
    I should point out that the very brief opening scene to my book is on the site. However, there's been a fair amount of activity on my 'Lost at sea' one recently so I'm tempted to try and finish it off first....

    This is the link I believe for Mars-127 opening chapter http://www.writingforums.com/threads...ion-1000-words
  27. H.Brown
    Yes I have read your Lost at sea piece, twice now in fact. I commented 9n it but thought there was a sufficient number of critiques. However I really enjoyed it. I will have a look at Mars 127 for you and leave my thoughts.

    My other half helps me manage my money because unfortunately they keep a roof over our heads and the bills paid, right now, so that has helped me to curb my book buying. I have the sometimes bad habit of reading 400 page books in about five hours if I really get into the plot. I have also recently been introduced to the many worlds of high fantasy with their lengthy page count and they have kept me going. The wheel of time by Robert Jordan took me about three quarters of last year.

    My birthday is in novemeber and I got The wiseman's fear by patrick Rothfuss which I am enjoying reading.

    The one book I am really looking forward to comming outis Robin Hobbs new fitz book in august and keeping my fingers crossed that she comes on a book tour too promote it as I missed her the other year.

    I enjoy meeting authors and picking their brains on how they write their stories.

    Sounds like quite a journey you have and still are on with your books, well done on getting this far. I also find that ebooks are easier for me to read as I have dyslexia and reading black writing on a white page makes the sentences merge into each other which used to make reading harder but I can change the colour of the screen on my tablet to blue which keeps them in their rightful place on the page.

  28. Jamboree
    The lost at sea piece is one of my best works, just trying to complete it off in the same style and level of quality is really hard to do, especially since I don't really know where I want to take it exactly!

    Yeah fantasy is often like that. Usually just because their scene setting and world building takes a while and usually the characters or language or cultural in the books is so vivid and different it needs a lot explaining. Doesn't make them any less brilliant though!

    I need to go and see some more authors. Been a couple of years since I've found the time to do it. Always a fascinating thing to do.

  29. H.Brown
    It is definatly good Jam, I really enjoyed it. I know how it feels trying to get back into writing an old piece,its frustrating but the best advice Ican give is either step away from it sometimes distance can work wonders or stick with it and be determined to slogg through it.

    I love how immersive fantasy words are, I love how high fantasy writers create distance and reality into their words it is like being transported into a whole other world with magic and dragons etc... One day I would love to write my own.

    If I can see an author I will go and see them. I saw rachel caine last march two days afterI was released from an eight day stay in hospital even though I couldn't walk much I still got there. Look on waterstones events page they always advertise them on there or you can follow your fave authors on facebook and get a notification when they are touring near you.

    I love it, I get so excited I think I have met and spoken to 6 different authors now all at waterstones.
  30. danielstj
    I'm trying to work my way through some works by Nobel Prize winners and Time's Top 100 Books List.

    There's also The Modern Library's Top 100 Fiction and Non-Fiction lists that I will try to wade through. Plus Penguin's Great Ideas series (non-fiction).

    In addition, I also try to read anything interesting (vague-- especially so since I'm easily intrigued) that comes along.

    Reading for the win! The more the better.
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