What Makes You Choose Your Genre?

Over the course of my writing life, I've stuck to writing sci-fi, fantasy and occasionally horror. I cannot write contemporary or romance. 

(At least, I can't right now.  Who knows what I'll do in the future!)
  
I don't write contemporary because I always want to escape reality when I write and contemporary, to me, feels too much like real life.  I might set a sci-fi or fantasy story in the modern day, but that's about it. I want my characters to explore the human experience from a completely different angle because that's one of my favourite sci-fi elements - the ability to put people in our potential future and see how they handle it.

...And we know I'm too dead inside to write a romance.

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So how about you? Is there a reason you choose the genre you write or do you happily hop around because it's all about the story and not about personal preference?

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  1. I'm also not a fan of romance, though I'm trying to embrace the romantic subplot more because it's an expected part of YA and a few people have rightly called me out on the lack of it in my work. Oooops.

    I'm definitely much more for the sci-fi and fantasy action over romance anyday. :)

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    1. It's okay, Emma. You can join the unromantic walking dead with me :D

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  2. I write fantasy and horror. Generally because I like to make stuff up and I don't have to do much research haha!

    These are the genres I enjoy reading, so it's natural that they're the genres I enjoy writing.

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    1. Hahahahaha! Yeah, the book I'm writing at the moment requires a lot of research. Should be fun though!

      I do read outside the genres I write, but I know what I like the best.

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  3. I'm the same - I've never been able to write straight-up contemporary or romance. I've written fantasy, paranormal, horror and sci-fi, but even if I set something in the real world it always has to have a strange twist!

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    1. Strange twists are what make it all so much fun! :D

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  4. I definitely couldn't write a romance. I prefer it as a sub-plot or just in the background.

    I've always written horror, especially with a supernatural edge to it. I've always been fascinated with characters who have an ordinary life and then all of a sudden they have to face a strange and supernatural threat. And I'm a meanie who likes to scare people. ^^

    I'd definitely write sci-fi and fantasy as some point. They're other genres that I enjoy and would love to have a dabble at.

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    1. Ditto. I don't mind romance in the background, but I'm not likely to pick it up if it's the main focus.

      I'm looking forward to reading your stuff in the future! And yes, dabble in sci-fi! It's AWESOME :D

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  5. I feel the exact same way about romance/contemporary. I want more escapism in what I read, so I guess it's natural that I'd end up writing fantasy and sci-fi!

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    1. Exactly! Real life takes up most of my time, so I'm going to escape as often as I can ;)

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  6. For me, the genre is completely dictated by the story idea. The bad thing about this is that there are certain genres I'm more conversant with, and the writer-wisdom is that you write the genre you know. But if, for example, I have a great idea for a sci-fi story, I'm not going to make it, say, a contemporary thriller because I think I know that genre better. It just means I need to read up on sci-fi!

    A good example is my current WIP, which is basically a historical with some sci-fi elements. I've never written a historical novel before, but that's what the story demands, so that's what it is. I just have to suck it up and get on with it.

    I, too, am not a big fan of Contemporary or Romance--though I have read some great YA Contemporary novels--so those are not genres I would consciously choose. However, I have written contemporary because that's what the story demanded.

    So that's me--a slave to my ideas. ;)

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  7. I'm your exact opposite I love contemporary romance and love writing it. Getting to put my characters in all those cute set ups and don;t get me started on first kisses - so much fun to write :D

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    1. I love how we're all different too ^_^ I prefer an epic battle to first kisses, but who knows what inspiration will hit next!

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  8. I'd say I don't write contemporary because it bores me (unless it's a contemporary fantasy so amazing it draws me into its world) and I'm just not fond of stories about high school (unless it's a school for wizards). You can just tell I write fantasy!

    I write fantasy because I'm an escapist reader and a lover of world-building. I write what I like to read.

    It doesn't always help my reading in YA that I don't like to read romance (since so much YA is heavy with romance), but it does help my writing. I also read adult books, but I have to admit I have a hard time reading outside my genre. If I read anything that's not fantasy, it's usually historical.

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    1. World building is a great part of writing sci-fi and fantasy ^_^

      I try to read outside my genre every now and then, and it's how I've found some really good books - like Dickens and Fitzgerald.

      I'll never be a fan of Austen though. People find that hard to believe :P

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  9. My thesis is a YA literary/contemporary, but that's literally the only story I can come up with for that genre. I'm normally not a contemporary fan for the same reason as you. I pretty much only think of paranormal/urban fantasy and high fantasy stories. There's always love involved (so far), but that's cuz love is nice. But it's not the main plot in the story. So yeah, I like to escape. We'll see what the future holds for me, genre-wise though.

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    1. I'm convinced every time I say "I will never..." I wind up doing the thing I don't think I'll do straight away. So I'm sure one day a contemporary story will demand I write it ;)

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