I tend to read a mix of genres and usually I try not to read two books of the same genre after each other. Partly this is for variety and partly so that when I’m writing the review I don’t get confused between the two kick-ass heroines or some such. This means that I rarely suffer from ‘genre burnout’ – you know when you’ve read so many book of the same type that you can’t get excited about them anymore and it just feels like a chore.
Recently I’ve been feeling like that about Young Adult books – and before everyone starts shouting at me, I know YA can cover a range of genre really from dystopia to first romance to supernatural to thriller and frequently a mix of all of them. But usually YA covers lead characters in their teens figuring out what they want from life. And that is what has been niggling at me recently. So many of these lead characters make decisions about their rest of their lives assuming that they will feel the same in a year, five years, ten years time...
|Sometimes I just can't read some genres...|
I will admit I’m no longer in my teens nor to my own disgust in my twenties any more – and I still DON’T know what I want to do with my life. Maybe I’m just feeling old and cynical but I can’t imagine still being with any of the guys I knew when I was in my teens or having the same dreams now as I had then. So recently I haven’t been feeling the love of YA. I’ve suffered genre burnout before though so I know I just need a bit of break with some occasional ‘toe-dip’ back into YA before I start feeling it again.
However, previously I’ve suffered genre burnout with fantasy, crime, chick-lit and urban fantasy... I’m never sure what causes a burnout to start, but sometimes I just can’t read a certain genre without getting very, very grumpy. So I wondered if anyone else suffers from genre burnout occasionally...? Is there a reason for it coming upon you? How to you overcome it...? Surely, it can’t just be me...?