Happy Tuesday, friends! Today I’m hosting another chatty corner. And today’s topic is going to be tiring out a genre and how to move on from that! If you’re an avid reader, chances are you have already tired out a genre or two… Did you try reading that genre again? Or were you too tired that you haven’t touched those books in years?
Today I am sharing my experiences with tiring out some genres (*cough* dystopians and YA *cough*) and also some tips on how to fall back in love with the genre! If you have any tips I didn’t mention, make sure to leave them in the comments!
why we tire out genres & tropes
Tiring out a genre is a completely normal thing — especially when you’re a book blogger! There’s so much pressure to read the latest releases, which usually means that we end up reading the same tropes. Bummer, right?
It’s not surprising at all that publishing is an industry. And so, when a book comes out and sells really well, it only makes sense for the publishing houses to go after similar books. This can be a great thing (I mean, let’s get more awesome books, right?) but it can also be absolutely awful. New releases become repetitive and tiring after a while…
Remember when all Young Adult would publish were books about kids with cancer after The Fault in Our Stars came out? Or when all new books were about teens toppling governments after The Hunger Games was a success? It took way too long for the industry to move on from sicko-lit and dystopians. To this day, I cannot pick up any of these two kinds of books.
I mean, how many times, really, can I read about a 16-year-old girl who is the chosen one and almost single-handedly overthrows a military government? It gets old — pretty fast.
tropes I am too traumatized to read
To this day, there are still some tropes and genres I can’t pick up. I was burned out so badly that still, to this day I can’t stomach any of them…
🌸 Dystopians (the topple-the-government kind) — Most dystopians have been ruined for me by Divergent. After having read The Hunger Games and a few others, I can’t pick up any dystopians anymore. Which is a massive shame!!! Internment by Samira Ahmed sounds like such a good novel, one that I would probably have really liked it, but I just… can’t force myself to!
🌼 Love triangles — Listen, after reading so many angsty YA novels, I can’t deal with love triangles anymore. If the whole premise of the book is centered around a love triangle, I am out.
🌸 Sick-lit — Books about cancer are really not my thing. It feels so… unnecessary sometimes? I don’t mean to say I’m not going to read books with a main character who has a disability or a serious illness. But somehow these cancer books are always the same thing over and over again!
🌼 World War Two books (in Europe) — No matter if it is a young adult, adult, or new adult book, I can’t stand WWII novels. It sounds so callous of me, I know, but why is it that most historical fiction books are about WWII and always have the same take on things? They’re either about a) spies in France, b) Pearl Harbor (romance), or c) overall set in Europe during the fighting. The only exception I make is for books set in Asia during WWII.
so… what do we do now?
If you’re like me, you would probably l o v e to have the joy of reading any book back. And while I have listed a few tropes that I can’t stand anymore, I have successfully gotten back into a lot of other genres and tropes!
I used to be in love with Young Adult contemporaries, then I became sick of them, and now I am completely at peace with them. If I wanted, I could pick up a YA contemporary and love it, even though I don’t read YA anymore, really.
Here is a list of things I usually do to force myself to read a trope I had tired out before…
🌸 Give it some time!
Most of the time, I just put a book aside if I’m tired of that trope. I deliberately avoid books with genres/tropes I’m sick of and usually, that does it for me. Time cures everything — including slumps and falling out of love with books!
🌼 Try reading the complete opposite for a while
If you’re sick of reading dystopians, why not pick up a contemporary? If you can’t stand love triangles, maybe try some romance-less novels. If you’ve tired out high fantasy, why not switch to a space sci-fi novel???
🌸 Maybe it’s time to give up!
Ya know, sometimes you + book = not a match made in heaven??? I don’t know, sometimes giving up on a book/trope/genre really is for the best. Who knows what may come your way because of it?
For example, when I started to distance myself from young adult, I discovered the fantastic world of adult and new adult books. And since then I have noticed myself loving the books I read a whole lot more than I used to!
what do you do? tell me your tips and tricks!
Do you also struggle with tiring out books and tropes? If so, do you have any tricks for me? I’d love to hear your thoughts and opinions!