Generalization vs. Type

Over the weekend I got to talking with a group of my Twitter buddies. The discussion started out being about the Kindle Paperwhite and just evolved into something else. We’re all huge fans of the romance genre so we got to talking about the types of romances we like versus ones we don’t really care for. It was a pretty healthy conversation and it got me thinking real good about how I have generalizations and how I have types and I thought I’d share that today.

So when I think of a generalization, I think of a broad statement about something I may like or dislike. For example, I like berries. Now this is a simple example but let’s just say I like the overall category of everything berry.

When I think of type, I think of it as a subset of a generalization. Keeping with the berry example, I love blueberries and strawberries but I’m not a huge fan of raspberries and blackberries for example. Now I’ve broken it down to the types of berries that I prefer over the ones I don’t.

I like to think of different media forms the same way. For example, I prefer epubs over all other book formats. I don’t necessarily dislike the other formats, I’m just so used to using epub since the beginning of ebook time that that is my personal preference. However, I will make an exception and take advantage of a different book format if I can’t find it in epub and probably still enjoy the book just as much.

Going back to the romance discussion, we were talking about the different subsets of romance that we like versus ones we don’t normally gravitate towards. Most of the time I gravitate towards urban fantasy romance, paranormal romance, and romantic suspense. Some of the other girls broke it down even further talking about how they liked alpha romances, dark romance and MM (male/male) romance. There were a bit of agrees and some disagrees, which is natural cause we all have different tastes.

However, I pointed out how you never really know what your type is until you try it. I correlated this to how there are so many authors on this planet and they all write differently so just because you think you won’t like a type a book, you can’t know until you read it. For example, I explored dark romance this year, a couple books actually, and didn’t think I would like them but surprisingly ended up loving one author’s style and only thinking the other author’s style was decent. If we’re talking Goodreads rating scale, one was a 5/5 for me and the other was 3/5. But again, that’s one book out of the bunch. Just because you think you love an author’s voice, doesn’t mean you’ll like every book they ever write either because authors themselves like to explore with their writing.

A lot of this stems from an author asking me to read their ARC, which happened to be a psychological thriller to review. I accepted. Over the course of a few weeks, the author seemed to get impatient cause I hadn’t left a review yet and kept sending me links to all the positive reviews on Amazon in order to show me how great the book is. What ticked me off however, was when the author said, “It’s okay if you don’t leave a review. The book may not be your type.”

I had to let her know, for the record, that I don’t have a type. Do I have general book preferences, yes, but I’m willing to try anything. I don’t care if it’s a book, food, movie or activity. Ever hear that phrase, “Don’t knock it til you try it?”, I stand firm by that statement. I understand authors don’t want negative reviews and will try to justify why they got one anyway they can by making it seem like it was the reader and not the book but I think that’s a wrong way to go about things. You’ll only lose a potential fan that way.

Do you have book generalizations and types? Have you ever had an encounter like the one I had above? Let me know your thoughts below!

16 thoughts on “Generalization vs. Type

  1. I agree everyone has their own tastes within a ‘type’ of book. Regarding romance, I gravitate toward uban fantasy romance and historical. However the author quality is important for historical I cannot read them if they aren’t fact accurate, for example a character cannot say “wait a minute” before minutes were commonly used. In all genres there are subsets and even subsets of subsets. Regarding authors playing with genre, a great example is Ken Follett. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE pillars of the earth, but his bread and butter before this was Thriller and Spy novels. Some are okay but not all are my taste in a book(I’ve read some).
    I’m like you, I’ll try anything and I wont discount a genre or an author completely(I’m more likely to ditch an author before a genre).

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    1. Oh yes. I totally agree with you on the historical part! It definitely needs to be accurate. I recently read one set in the times of the Civil War when slavery was huge and was in awe of how much research you can tell the author did cause it was a fantastic read. Yes, subsets of subsets! I’m glad you understand where I’m coming from. Just shutting down a genre over one author is completely unrealistic in my opinion.

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  2. I have to say I’ve had similar comments from authors, but I personally don’t think I have a specific ‘type’ of book because I read pretty much everything and don’t truly have a specific favorite genre. I like to read a little bit of everything, even horror and romance on occasion, so to say that a book isn’t my type would, in my opinion, not make any sense unless it were something totally repulsive. However, for some people, I do think type can come into play and I’m taking about the people who only read one type, may it be mysteries, thrillers, horror, or romance for that matter, because they will use the words “this isn’t for me” in their review of a book that doesn’t fall into what they like to read. They’ll admit it. I have a few friends on Goodreads who will strictly only read romance or they’ll only read fantasy, etc. So I guess the word type could apply to them? You honestly just never know until you read the book, watch the movie, listen to the song, or taste the food for that matter. That’s just how I feel. Great post! 💖

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    1. Yes, you are very open about what you’ll read. I’m the same way. It definitely has a lot to do with our moods too I think. I might love romance today but in a week I want something else. That’s the beauty of variety. I think the ones who say they strictly only read a certain genre still fits the category of generalization because it’s the overall genre. Now if they say they will only read books by this or that author, I think that’s more of a type but I can see your thinking as well. Yes, agreed! Can’t know til you try!
      Thank you! (and thanks for being my soundboard when I was talking about it to you over the weekend 😉 )

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  3. I agree that everyone has their own tastes….what I like, not everyone else will.

    I will literally read anything, genre or type isn’t important to me (well at least I don’t think it is!) I seem to flip from 1 genre to another, I’ll read a YA book and then next I’ll read a very dark romance with lots of sexy times (!) in it! I think I need that for balance!

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    1. I totally understand where you’re coming from! Every time I read a YA I feel like i need to up the anty afterwards and read something more intense, haha. Yes, I agree. It’s all about the balance. It’s probably what keeps us sane. Thank you for your insightful comment! 🙂

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  4. I do tend to have things that will make me absolutely not like a book, with no exceptions, but for most things it’s definitely a case by case basis!

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  5. That’s such a great point about not really knowing your type before you try it- I’ve definitely expanded my reading horizons and found so many new things that I like (and sometimes ended up confirming that I still don’t like certain things, like horror, maybe one day)- but yeah I think that’s a great point! And yes, liking a lot of one authors work is no guarantee of liking everything. It’s kind of annoying about that author asking that- I mean, I’m sure they don’t mean it in a bad way, but I’m seeing more and more authors getting touchy about how/when reviewers review- it just so happens to be something that gets on my nerves lately.
    Anyway, fantastic post- as always you really got me thinking!

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    1. Haha I feel the same way about horror movies. I won’t watch them but maybe one day I’ll give one a chance again. My preconceived thoughts just kill that area for me for some reason. Yes! Agreed! I don’t know what’s going on with authors these days but man are they getting more and more touchy about every little thing. I’m sorry it’s affecting you lately as well. Must be something in the water.
      You are welcome as usual! 😁

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      1. hehehe yup I’m the same! I just can’t deal with them lol. Yeah it’s really driving me nuts- fortunately I’ve not had anything much myself, cos I rarely accept ARCs (and I’m rarely open to requests), only a couple of persistent authors pushing their horror books (like seriously, I’m not interested) But I’ve seen a few of these stories about and authors telling reviewers how to review… so irritating!
        😁

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  6. Other than not liking non-fiction in general that much, I don’t think I have a specific type that I like/gravitate towards. Just like you, I’m willing to try pretty much everything. Do you remember when you suggested I read The Guild Hunter series? Would I ever imagine that I read paranormal romance? The answer is no. But I ended up liking two books in the series and I am willing to read the third.
    I think that’s not type that dominate our liking of a book. Ultimately, at least in my opinion, it is the plot and characters that appeal to us and I think it’s like missing out something that could potentially be our favorite if we write them off sticking to our ‘preconceived (and could be misjudged)’ type.

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    1. Yes! I remember that and we’re both going to explore nonfiction at some point this year. Us stating we don’t like nonfiction is definitely a generalization but it’s not preventing us from try to read (or listen) to one because our minds might change and because of the two of person who will be narrating the book. Plot and characters that appeal to us have to do with style in my opinion which goes back to being a type because all writing styles are different. Yes, I definitely agree with you about missing out on something we can potentially love or confirm that we didn’t like because of our preconceived thoughts. Great comment, Nori! 😁

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  7. I agree with you 100%. I try to stay open minded with genres or books that don’t fall under my general preferences, and I love being pleasantly surprised by them! On the other side, I was recently asked to review a book that on paper I should have adored, but I couldn’t even make it a quarter of the way through. It really depends on the author and the way the story is crafted. Do I tend to stick to my comfort zone genres, yes, but I have been branching out more and more and more often than not am happy I did. Great post!

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