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What genre of books do young people read these days?

  1. I read many kind of genre but Romance. My favorite is horror, suspense, thriller, mistery and others like that.

    I also enjoy Japanese Literature and Manga.

    As long as the book is not boring and not romance, I'll try reading it

  2. If the story is good: writing, plot line, characters and all that jazz, I'll read it. I'm not really genre-specific. I don't really like audio books (mostly because I have not really tried them yet) and I do read some non-fiction. Sometimes real life is stranger than anything I could make up.

    :)

  3. non-fiction (in grad school) & worthless magazines (US, Cosmo).. :)

  4. First off, I would much rather read a book than watch a movie. There is so much more detail in writing and it also has a better way of hooking me into the story... like I'm actually living it. Movies lose my interest a lot of times.

    Secondly, I love reading about drugs, psychological issues and depression. Fiction, of course. I love anything by Chuck Palahniuk and I love Ellen Hopkins. Although she is considered 'Teenage Fiction' which I normally hate, I love her books!

  5. Thanks for the replies everyone. How about action/adventure style books, especially dealing with recent history? You know the sort of thing; a fictional interpretation of a factual event. Similarly, an injection of fictional characters into a factual event or situation. An example would be the "Flashman" series of books by George Macdonald Fraser. Where the fictional hero (or anti-hero) is featured in major factual, historical occurrences such as the Indian Mutiny, the Zulu wars, Waterloo etc.

  6. I read just about everything I can get my hands on.
    Steampunks, thrillers and most sci-fics are my favorites though.
    These days YA is becoming a guilt pleasure.
    I haven't read much of history but that sounds fun too.

    You are a writer? That is cool. I am trying to be one too. Trying.
    :)

  7. Writealogue: Please forgive my ignorance, but what is YA? It's not a term I have come across before.

  8. young adult

  9. Many thanks for that. It's obvious when you think about it. I did say I was an ancient writer!!

  10. The last three books I read were Never let me go by Kazuo Ishiguro, The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas and The third Policeman by Flann O'Brien aka Brian O'Nolan.

    However the best book I have read in recent yearsis the house of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

  11. Currently I love my sci-fi classics, always loved manga, music biographies/books on "modern" music (1970's onwards) and anything by Hunter S Thompson I can get my hands on.

  12. hello, kcryeland
    You mentioned memoirs and biographies of ordinary people. Those I really LOVE but it is so hard to find them, everywhere I see Celebrity this and famous politician that. The ordinary people though... Like the English chap who invented the compass: he faced a lot of discrimination because he wasnt a 'blueblood.'
    I read a lot of ancient English authors. Their books often mention India. That's why I want to visit India someday. How bout an India settler book?

  13. lifewith4cats: I'm pleased you like ancient English authors (though I am more ancient than author). As a nation we British have a great deal of colonial history to fall back on and I have used my experiences in Africa to write what I think are exciting and informative fact and fiction books. They say you should always write about what you know and since I know colonial and post-colonial Africa very well, that's what I do. My experience of India is restricted to a few business trips there before I retired, so I would be less sure of my ground writing a story about India. That's not to say I shouldn't try of course. I have many more tales about Africa to tell, so perhaps when that subject is exhausted I may well consider other parts of the world I have visited.
    Regarding memoirs of ordinary people; you're right, they are hard to find, but they are usually very rewarding.

  14. any type of spiritual books on zen, Buddhism, tantra

  15. This week all mythology from across the world.Spirtual books.Allot of my favourite myths and legends.Very interesting.

  16. Wingstruck: Do you read West African mythology? It's very interesting, particularly the stories from the Yoruba tribe in Nigeria, They have a myriad of Deities associated with all aspects of life, death and natural phenomena, some of which I mention in my books.

  17. Fantasy and mythical tales are quite popular. And you can never go wrong with medieval stories, or fantasies in that setting.

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