Armchair BEA – Day 2: Genre Fiction
May 29, 2013 23 Comments
Armchair BEA is for those people who cannot visit Book Expo America but still want to join in the fun. This week, May 28th to June 2nd, there are celebrations for those who stay at home rather than make it to New York. Look out for a new post every day from me!
Today, Wednesday, is about genre fiction: What draws you to a specific genre? Do vampires, zombies, or witches float your boat? Or, do you prefer the heat of romance?
I’m primarily a contemporary fiction reader, but I love a good thriller or chick-lit too. And historical fiction, yum! But what I really want to talk about here, is post-apocalyptic fiction and dystopian fiction.
In post-apocalyptic fiction, something bad has happened to the world, like an earthquake, or an invasion of vampires. In dystopian fiction, the post-apocalyptic world is run in a way that doesn’t suit all its inhabitants. Life is not fair and some people will try and fight the authorities.
I love those kind of books. Many authors have great ideas about what would happen to the world in the case of a catastrophe and if thought through properly, this will lead to interesting reading. I am not particularly interested in vampires, but if need be, like in The Passage by Justin Cronin, I can handle them in a post-apocalyptic setting quite nicely.
There are many dystopian books, and HERE is a list I made (with adult – as opposed to YA – books for dystopian readers). Would you like some recommendations? Well, you could do worse than reading these books!
The Passage by Justin Cronin. I’m not a vampire girl, but I loved this book! It describes how after a medical accident, a group of infected people escape a lab, and have become, in essence, vampires. The rest of the population runs, and a group of them manages to survive. Here’s my review.
Genus by Jonathan Trigell. A very different kind of novel. It’s about genetic selection where “improved” people run the world and have all the nice jobs. Here’s my review.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. My FAVORITE book of 2012 – brilliant, brilliant! People live their life mostly within an online system, OASIS. A young man tries to win a big prize hidden within the system, by fighting off a large and rich organisation that is also after the prize. Here’s my review.
The Crysalids by John Wyndham. Not meant as YA, I think this book will do very well among the modern YA dystopian novels, although this one is from 1955. It reminded me of The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. Hundreds of years after an apocalypse, anything living that is not perfect is destroyed. Then a girl with 12 toes and a telepathic boy meet and run away from the society that will kill them if they find out about their abnormalities. Here’s my review.
Do you like post-apocalyptic or dystopian novels?