2. ‘Dead’/Death – Amber will read this and laugh because duh, this is me we’re talking about. Is your book full of misery, impossibly sad situations and characters who die tragically and/or suddenly? YES GOOD, I WILL READ IT. I am also very fond of both words in book titles, preferably with suitably macabre cover art. I am just very invested in having my heart broken, guys.
3. ‘Amber personally recommended it’ – This conversation goes like this:
Amber: This book is really weird and disturbing. Here, read it! (actual conversation about Unwind)
Me: … … ‘Kay.
I’ll pretty much read anything she rec’s me. It is known. She takes advantage of this to make me read really terrible stuff sometimes 🙁
4. ‘Zombies’ – Leading on from the above comments about Death as a theme, it stands to reason that Zombies would be a definite selling point for me. Zombie literature isn’t just about horror but can often cover a broad range of themes and genres. Zombies are often used as a metaphor for disease and human disasters, and almost always exist in dystopian novels. Their inclusion in books more often than not lead to philosophical discussions in the text, which is something I really enjoy. I love the discussion of the human condition and Zombie literature does that really well. Most of all I just love the bleak imagery of the dead walking, because it’s horrifying, sad and ultimately fascinating. Read The Forest of Hands and Teeth and Warm Bodies, guys.
5. ‘Dystopia’ – I don’t know, I’m just a miserable, cynical person who likes to read about miserable, cynical situations. I think dystopia is some of the most horrifying literature a person could read because the root of the fear in a dystopian novel is the possibility that the future depicted could become a reality.
6. ‘Fairytales/Folktales’ – Yup, pretty much guarantees I’ll be interested, if not obsessively hungry, to read it. I just love all the subversion in fairytales, how authors respond to the traditional archetypes and how they adapt and rewrite stories for contemporary audiences. P.S. Have you read Deathless and/or The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making? Hmmmm? HMMMM?
7. ‘Romance’ – I’d say I’m not opposed to Romance, in general, but I’d be lying. I do enjoy romance when it’s well written and not the ONLY thing that a book focuses on; this basically crosses out a huge list of YA I’ve read in the past. I don’t care about how beautiful a dude is and if you make me read three pages devoted to how good-looking/misunderstood/damaged he is I will most likely develop a deep hatred for your book forever. But I actually do enjoy romance when it flows with the story without becoming insipid and annoying; I get really invested in books which devote time to building up relationships and characters and making me care about what happens to them. Love triangles need to leave though. Seriously.
8. ‘Disturbing’ – Self explanatory, I think? Basically, if a book promises to make me stay awake at night I will want to read it. I once read The Amityville Horror and didn’t sleep for a week, so.
9. ‘Thriller/Mystery’ – ALL THE MYSTERIES AND/OR THRILLERS YES GOOD. Although oddly enough I am not a fan of the crime genre. This tends to manifest itself as ‘psychological mysteries’, ‘paranormal mysteries’ and ‘things that are generally creepy and unsettling’.
10. ‘Historical’ – I loooooooove Historical novels, from just about any time period. If it’s well written and sounds interesting, I’ll read it. I have a deep love for novels set during WWI and WWII because it is one of the most brutal, tragic periods of history that so profoundly changed the face of the world. Go and read Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (Amber, this means YOU), Birdsong, Catch 22, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin because they’re all amazing, okay.
And none for Philippa Gregory bye.