Friday, February 20, 2015

Feature & Follow: Real or Fantasy?

Alison Can Read Feature & Follow
Happy Friday. I know it's been a rough week, weather-wise, for a lot of us. And still more to come! Hope you are hanging in there. I did get some extra reading time in since we had a snow day.  Here's this week's question:

Do you like fantasy or realistic books? - Suggested by The Realm of Books.

I used to say I didn't like fantasy. Not anymore. Really, I can read any well-written book. However, I have noticed that I like my fantasy with some humanity mixed in.  The story has to be grounded in a world and beings I can relate to. If the entire thing is magic, if every scrape is overcome using magic, then I have a hard time buying it. The people in the story have to face real danger, and use their wits and strengths to overcome the obstacles.  If they just pull a magic object out of their cloak and everything is resolved, well, that's weak plotting (and poor writing) IMO.

Lately I would probably say contemporary romance (especially teen romance) is my least favorite. Maybe too much "realism?" Not really. It's just that they all seem the same after a while....I don't mind romance as part of the story, but if it's the main event, I have difficulty. I can appreciate the appeal to teens (even though I'm way past that age, I can still remember) but these stories aren't for me.

How about you? How do you feel about fantasy? Romance? Leave your link in the comments. Thanks for stopping by and please remember to visit our hosts, Parajunkee and Alison. See you back soon, I hope!

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  1. I prefer it too when a fantasy is about the people, and not just about the magic. There needs to be something in there I can identify with.

  2. I am like you, I can read any well written book and I too like somewhere in between. I like high fantasy when its more about the journey than the magic. I like the real issues that aren't broken. I do enjoy realistic fiction but it has to be few and in between otherwise its too much. I am not much on contemporay romance unless its light and fluffy and more on the chic lit side. Somtimes I need the light and fluffy. My favorite is Suspense thriller and msyteries. They are a bit far fetched sometimes but I like the thrill and the figuring out who done it.

  3. I like Urban Fantasy the best. I find it has a great mix of both fantasy and realism.
    New follower.
    My FF:

  4. I talked about the issue of being relatable too, no matter what the genre is. New GFC follower.

    Holly @ Words Fueled by Love

  5. I like more realistic books, my guilty pleasures are romantic comedies, but sometimes I want to read fantasy books as well.New GFC and Google+ follower,
    Silvy @Books are my life

  6. I am a Paranormal freak but I also love some great romance anything from historical to erotic so I guess both would be my answer.

    My FF

    Old follower

  7. Do check out my FF:

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