Personally at the moment my fvourites are the crime dramas, more murder mystery than anything else, like PJ Tracey and their monkeewrench series. Sideny Sheldon always writes a good book (may he rest in peace) and mum says that Tilly Bagshawe who is kind of ghost writing him now is continuing in his thread.
But I also love my chick-lit. Penny Vincenzi is good usually although she does have some dull ones, and Danielle Steel used to be brill, but hers are becoming too routine unfortunatly. And a guilty pleasue are the Mills and Boon and similar books.
My writing however never really commits. I can start these threads in my head, but I can never finish them, I just never know how to, so my writing is all a bit hodge podge, and a bit of everything that never gets tied up and ends up in a huge weird mess, that I end up tieing up in a few sentances just to get it over with. It's why I haven't really started properly writing anything, I want to get lots done before I do, so that it makes sense and actually ends, and I just can't be bothered to finish any of it.
I love reading thrillers. Currently reading The Ruins. I think this would be a thriller. lol I'm not sure if my reading affects how I write my story though. I'm not very good at looking at myself objectively, but I do enjoy suspense so I like to include that in my writing as well. I love to write romance even though I don't really read romance novels. A couple of stories I follow that have a lot of romance in them I think they have really inspired me and also helped me to discover that I love writing about this topic.
I guess you could say I enjoy writing about relationships. lol But then who doesn't, do this I mean and not necessarily enjoy it, but pretty much everyone writes about relationships in their stories.
Post by MDPthatsme on Jun 18, 2011 13:11:47 GMT -6
dinuriel: I guess I'm the same way. If it's possible, it's not so exciting.
pinkfiend1: Hey another same I can never finish epics I've started. I'll have it all in my head, but it never comes out right...or just never comes out. It's a little frustrating.
Kiri: Yay for Sci-fi and fantasy. ;D
jennifer: I think books in generally would be very...extremely boring without some relationship drama...I mean, sometimes it can be the whole plot of a story. But I also look at everything as a relationship, not just people-to-people, but a certain item like a treasured necklace, what does it mean, what value is it, how important is it to its owner? Because if the necklace has been with the owner for a very long time then the owner has a special bound or relationship with the necklace.
I read everything except hardcore horror and mysteries. I had to give up the horror/thriller books when I made the mistake of reading The Shining in my basement bedroom of my house while I was alone. <Shiver> It didn't matter that I'd seen the movie 3 times and knew what the book was about. Scary as all hell!
I don't read mysteries because I'm horrible for guessing the end. I'm rarely wrong and that is just boring for me. I used to like Agatha Christie, but I couldn't read them now.
My favorite genre right now is Urban Fantasy. And I'll also admit that I like a good contemporary romance on occasion as well
I just finished the Drakon books by Shanna Abe. I think a lot of you who like fantasy would enjoy them. They're historical, but still fantasy. Sort of like reading a fairy-tale but more deadly...or maybe as deadly as the original stories.
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Post by lilymayrose on Jul 10, 2011 8:58:54 GMT -6
I love sci-fi fantasy, virtually all genres within that genre - though I'm not overly fussed by futuristic novels. I like a really good romance, preferably historical with lots of *woohooing* and daring do. I love any book that makes me laugh out loud - Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum novels, though a bit samey, make me roar. I love the randomness of Terry Pratchett and the twists and turns of moral dilemma of John Grisham.
I can't stand a writer that writes purely to show you how clever they are with words, and the story gets lost within the prose itself. That probably makes me an inverted snob, but I can live without ever reading a Dorothy Dunnett novel, as she has her head wedged firmly up her own backside. Basically, if the story hasn't got me gripped by the end of the third paragraph (and I'm being generous) - it doesn't get read. I'm a complete lightweight when it comes to attention span.
I think the main influence that any of these authors/genres have on my writing, is that there are so many writing styles out there, that I don't have to fit a criteria for anyone but myself. I don't write for anyone but me. If I enjoy reading it, the rest is icing.
You know, even though I like sci-fi and fantasy, I don't think I could write either of those genres. I just don't know enough, nor am I creative enough to create my own world. I could probably write a contemporary romance or a teen drama. Those would be the two styles I could see myself doing if I were to become a full-time writer.
It has to be what I'm feeling. Judging by my responses to these threads apparently I'm very emotionally based
I love my kindle although nothing beats a good book in my hands. Jodi Picoult usually writes excellent novels but lately they're getting a pattern and all similar involving lawyers and the lawyer falling in love with the main character and although they deal with interesting topics they're all starting to take the same road and therefore I can guess what's going to happen.
Lately I'm obsessed with Jane Austen and some other classics -- which was the beauty of my kindle.. 100 free books!