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An Important Question for my Flisters

Okay, Flisters, I have a question for you all. When you're picking up a book to read, what are you looking for?  angylinni and I are brainstorming ideas for Ellipses and we think contemporary romance/fiction is someplace we should be exploring. Thoughts on this, anyone? Several of our lines are geared towards niche markets, so we’d really like to target broader ones as well.

And if you're not a fan of contemporary romance, what do you gravitate toward? Paranormal? Erotica? Spec Rom? Suspense? Dystopian? Historical? Urban Fantasy? Something else? Let us know your favorite genre to read.

Thanking everyone in advance. I'm really excited to see your responses. :D

Cheers!

Sky

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jessicaj703
Oct. 30th, 2012 06:19 am (UTC)
My favorite genre would probably be best described as sci-fi action with good characterizations and some believable romance where appropriate. I like actual plot and realistic characters more than anything. Also, for sci-fi, a world that feels "lived-in", where the facets don't need to be explained in every paragraph. (i.e. Good writing. ;)
mlsky
Nov. 1st, 2012 04:00 am (UTC)
This is my preferred genre, too. :D And Spec Rom, too.

I completely agree about plot, realistic characters and the lived-in world. Info dumps drive me bat-crazy.

Thanks for responding!
thrace_adams
Oct. 30th, 2012 09:32 am (UTC)
The cover art and the title - if those are interesting, I'll pick it up and read the blurb on the back. If the blurb is interesting I might give it a go.

I like paranormal and some dystopian, I like romances but not the bodice ripper Harlequin ones - I like a bit of plot behind my romance LOL.

Does that help at all?
mlsky
Nov. 1st, 2012 04:34 am (UTC)
Yeah, it helps a lot. For clarity, when you refer to bodice rippers what are you thinking? Is it more cover related or story line?

Heh...or both?

Thanks for the response. I'd also love to chat about writing. Do you avoid writing for the genres you read? Or does it make a difference?
thrace_adams
Nov. 1st, 2012 08:10 am (UTC)
Hmmm I guess I'm thinking of the utterly predictable Harlequin (not a malign of the label by any stretch) erotica/romance that is churned out every month - girl wants boy, girl gets boy, girl loses boy, girl gets boy back - type of formulaic stuff? Does that make sense? And as for cover - yeah, they usually feature a big hulking guy with a big buxom heroine in some sort of strikingly romantic pose...

Hmmm seeing as how I read a LOT of m/m no LOL. I write what I read, what I know? There are some things I'll read but would probably never write b/c it scares the hell out of me to even contemplate it - like a really complicated Sci-Fi storyline? I would probably read it, but the idea of writing something that complicated scares me. Same with mysteries, I read a LOT of mysteries both mainstream (JD Robb) and ebook (PsyCop) and others, but the idea of writing a mystery? Scares the beejesus out of me b/c I'm afraid I would write something so utterly predictable that it would get slammed by critics and I'd have to go hide in a hole someplace LOL.

I did start a m/f zombie actiony type thing...but I missed the deadline for where I was going to submit it b/c of real life stuff so it's kind of stalled on my hard drive :(

Edited at 2012-11-01 08:12 am (UTC)
scifishipper
Oct. 30th, 2012 01:12 pm (UTC)
I hadn't read a book in years, but this summer I read six in a month, all in a genre I've never been interested in - mysteries! I read all of Tana French and Gilian Flynn's works and even started my own first novel, which is a mystery. I was that inspired. Another flister is also now writing a mystery novel because of the same set of works, particularly French. (Now, if I could only get time to actually get down to writing for real!)
mlsky
Nov. 1st, 2012 04:25 pm (UTC)
Inspiration for the win! Curious question from me...will your mystery have romance or be straight whodunit (or well, just straight up mystery)? I love both, but find myself leaning toward romantic suspense when I have to choose one over the other.

Also, do you have a preference to time or era with mysteries? Something from say the Victorian era or more modern like the last fifty years up through the present day?

Thanks for the response!! I'm so thrilled to have them. :D
soleiltropiques
Oct. 30th, 2012 08:20 pm (UTC)
My favorite genres are:

-urban fantasy
-science fiction: especially the sci fi romance if well done, and the space opera stuff. I LOVED the early books in the Honor Harrington series by David Weber.
-traditional fantasy: especially that with strong female characters, an original univers/setting

I do also read straight fiction although for the past few months I've definitely been on a binge with regards to the above.

I do have a profile on Goodreads (and I've written a bunch of reviews for various books I've read), if you're interested and on there I could friend you there...
mlsky
Nov. 2nd, 2012 06:27 am (UTC)
Oh yes! I'd definitely be interested in the goodreads friending. I'm in the process of getting my user name straightened out. (Long story... but I should be mlsky over there, too.)

Sci Fi romance and Spec Rom are both close to my heart. It's what I like to read and write. Although I tend to avoid reading it when I am writing though. :) I love traditional and urban fantasy, but lean more towards the urban. Sometimes there's a little too much info dumping in the traditional, at least I seem to run into it a lot. :(

When you read straight fiction, do you enjoy romantic elements in the story (with a HEA or HFN) or something else?

Thanks so much for responding. I'll look forward to seeing you on Goodreads. :D
soleiltropiques
Nov. 5th, 2012 10:51 pm (UTC)
Hi there!

When I went on Goodreads, the only mlsky that comes up is 'Skylin O'Thomas' (?) Is that you? My username is 'Coucher de Soleil' (i.e. sunset). I checked and I seem to be the only one with that name.

In straight fiction, yes, I do enjoy romantic elements in the story. I suppose what aggravates me with a lot of the romance genre (what I've read of it, anyways) is that in a lot of cases the romance seems to be the be-all end-all of the story, and they also tend to be written pretty badly. It isn't that I think that something always has to be 'happening' in a story in order for it to be interesting, but I do think that it must be well written, which includes being interesting in some way (i.e. whether by plot or psychological exploration or what have you). I guess that's what I find is the most important element.
justascrewup2
Oct. 31st, 2012 12:58 am (UTC)
For books in general, I read scifi, romance and YA supernatural/distopian. For romance, I'm mainly a victorian romance person, but I do read some contemporary. I did one supernatural romance and found it kind of weird, but maybe I wasn't reading the right one.
mlsky
Nov. 2nd, 2012 06:35 am (UTC)
Ah, I love a good Victorian romance. Can't write them to save my life so reading is always fun. :)

Do you like your sci fi reading to have romantic elements or straight up, hard sci fi? Ang is writing a distopian story right now that's soooo good. I can't wait for her to finish. :)

Supernatural romance tends to be hit or miss with me, too. I can't always put my finger on why, but I think it has a lot to do with not always being able to suspend my disbelief. The weird gets in the way of the story maybe. *nods* Yeah, I'll go with that. :D

Thanks for responding. I appreciate the input. :D
lurkrealclose
Oct. 31st, 2012 01:09 am (UTC)
For romance I read historical and time travel, mostly. Catherine Coulter is a favorite.
mlsky
Nov. 2nd, 2012 06:38 am (UTC)
Ohh. Love Catherine Coutler. She's got some great contemporary/suspense, too. I haven't read time travel for a while. Should pick up a few and get familiar again.

What appeals the most to you with time travel? Going back to a historical era, or having someone from history jump forward?

Thanks for responding!
lurkrealclose
Nov. 3rd, 2012 03:01 pm (UTC)
Both are good, although I prefer going back to a historical era. I like the modern woman to be the "fish out of water". I also like it when there is some sort of "star crossed lovers" thing going on. Like, the woman's ancestor was in love with the man, but she died young, so the woman takes her place/is her in a future life.

You know?
adafrog
Oct. 31st, 2012 02:34 am (UTC)
Don't like romance very much. If it's subtle, then maybe.
I like apocafic, zombies, technology, sometimes groups of people working together.
mlsky
Nov. 2nd, 2012 06:41 am (UTC)
Ohh. I like apocafic. Bonus if it's got some romance. :D With regards to technology, do you like a scenario where the technology runs amok, or something different? I'd be very interested to discuss. :D

Thanks for responding!
adafrog
Nov. 2nd, 2012 09:54 pm (UTC)
hmmm....I don't mind when technology runs amok. Although I think I like it better when it throws a wrench in the system vs technology itself acting against the heroes. Not sure.
I do like it, however, when technology is sentient and helps the heroes, or at least interacts with them on some level (but not against them). For example Atlantis is sentient and helps John or Rodney find ZPMs. Or Enterprise is sentient, and talks to Kirk on occasion. I like ships when they're sentient; or heck, even like with Moira, where they're actually alive.

That's my off the cuff answer. :)
spinkkitty
Oct. 31st, 2012 04:59 am (UTC)
i like historical, crime/mystery, fantasy, some sci fi, YA, i like romance wound into the main plot rather than mills and boony type romance centric stories. I enjoy chick lit romance for a light read.
mlsky
Nov. 2nd, 2012 07:14 am (UTC)
I'd love to discuss your thoughts on having the romance woven into the plot as opposed to the central focus a la mills and boon, harlequin, etc., because I tend to agree and don't really find the category (M&B, Harlequin) romances all that appealing. In my case, I find them almost too formulaic, but sometimes I'll stumble over some that take me by surprise. Sadly, not as often as I'd like hence the reason I rarely read them anymore. :(

Do you find the same? Or does something else make them blah?

Thank you for responding!
spinkkitty
Nov. 6th, 2012 02:50 am (UTC)
I can't say i've ever actually read a whole M&B/Harlequin (mostly just read the naughty bits out loud in a silly voice for the amusement of others) but I guess I meant that they (seem to be) predictable and formulaic. I like a well written, gripping story with compelling characters. For some reason i generally prefer a female protoganist - romance/UST becoming RST thrown in is icing :)
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