In the past I often discovered that stepping out of my reading comfort zone can change your reading habits in a big way.
I started reading mostly science fiction and fantasy without any touch of romance, and yes reading my first romance made me blush like crazy and I thought I would never like that “kitsch”.
And here I am now Romance addict and fighting for it to be accepted by others. But no, my prejudices didn’t stop there.
I always loved to read Paranormal Romance or SciFi Romance (when I found one) but Contemporaries for me always were those housewife stories with the appealing names like “Virgin on her Wedding Night” or even better “The Playboy Sheikh’s Virgin Stable Girl”. Seriously? I swore to never read those and I was 100% sure that the rest of this genre couldn’t be any better. I had these conception that I would only find desperate woman on their search for their one big love, than find it, lose to some kind of big misunderstanding and then finally the big HEA. Sounds familiar? Yeah I admit I was wrong. There are so many outstanding Contemporary Romances and I can never apologize enough for judging this genre without having ever read it.
But It seems I will never learn. There are still some genres I still think about as a no-go even though I actually never read them. For example we have Young Adult. *hides behind her stone* I know there is a huge fanbase for the Young Adult books out there and all these people can’t be wrong- but I’m still reluctant to try them.
But why? Tough question, I can’t really say why. It’s hard to really admit because all the reasons I have are just prejudices and deep inside I know they aren’t correct. But still they are holding me back.
I will just get them out and hope you won’t skin me: I’m afraid that the main characters will be childish and do the stupid things teens like to do from time to time. I hate that. Perhaps I was doing those too much in my youth but I really don’t like to actually read about these. Teenage Angst makes me cringe most of the time- it’s like a ride back into highschool hell.
IF I would ever read this genre I would probably go for the romantic ones in that genre and I’m afraid I will get the next morning line or even worse nothing like that at all. This one is tightly connected to my next reason, which is probably the big prejudice bomb but it’s one of the main point for me. Most books I read are American and I’m really reluctant to say that because I have many American friends, but those seem to be more prude than the Europeans are. *hides behind her 12 stars on blue* There I said it! *deep breath* The thing is I don’t think that it’s realistic for a 16 year old to not have sex or to not be thinking about it.
In today’s society, at least here in Europe, that is pretty normal and no one expects something else. We have all those sexual education courses in school pretty early and they are rather detailed to say it nice. It’s very important here for everyone that you know how to be on the safe side and to know what prevents you from getting any STDs. The motto here is: Knowledge saves lives! and being raised with that makes it hard for me to imagine it differently. So when there would be a heroine at that age “saving” herself for the right guy I wouldn’t be able to stop myself from rolling my eyes, with the risk of them falling out of my head. 😉 (and yes I’m aware of religious reasons for that but yeah I’m not religious so I don’t get those either).
Another genre I try to not read is Historical Romance. This one makes the feminist in me scream so hard it hurts my own ears. I know it is completely correct for the woman of that time to know nothing about the male anatomy or sex in general- but I still don’t like it. I think important for liking a book is that I can relate to the heroine and feel like she does. But it drives me crazy when they are these damsels in distress and need saving, when they can’t stand up for their own or look like they see a cucumber for the first time. I don’t like that they can’t make their own decisions and that the men are mostly these overbearing I’m-the-best-evolution…oopps…God-ever-made guys. I’m sure there are exceptions out there.
I actually read some I really liked for example Indiscreet by Carolyn Jewel was really nice even though some tropes where in it too but most of them make me start sending totally unrelated emails to Caroline who rolls her eyes at me for being like I am.
I really know that those are just prejudices and that most won’t even be true but these are some of the reasons holding me back. I will probably breach my own limits some day but right now It seems I still need a little push here and there.
Did you step out of your comfort zone in the past?
So any title out there that would change my mind?
Why do you think your recommendation would make me lose my prejudices?