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Ancient One 

Member Since: Sat May 17, 2008
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The Avenger

Location: New Jersey
Member Since: Thu Dec 02, 2021
Subj: Re: Genres of prose fiction
Posted: Sun May 15, 2022 at 10:27:41 pm EDT (Viewed 198 times)
Reply Subj: Genres of prose fiction
Posted: Sat May 14, 2022 at 03:09:38 pm EDT (Viewed 235 times)

    Do you read prose fiction? What genres do you favor?

Yes. Lots. I must have read hundreds of books in my lifetime. With lots more to come, hopefully.

Genres? Well, I started reading through comics, but at a pretty young age I got into science fiction, horror, sword and sorcery. Basically anything with a fantastic element to it.

Eventually I started to gravitate towards the classics, auto/biography (Especially music bios) and science.

These days my reading is mainly science papers (There's some amazing stuff happening in astrophysics and physics in general, and since the advent of the internet, these papers have become increasingly available) and re-reads of books and comics near and dear to my heart. But if someone recommends a new book highly enough, I'm likely to give it a whirl.

    Do you read less of any genre because nowadays it's readily available on the screen?

No. Just the opposite.

The books are better than the movie/television adaptation 99.9 % of the time. On the increasingly rare occasions I see a new film that I really enjoy, I always seek out the book, and that invariably becomes my 'go to' if I want to experience that story again.

In the case of Marvel/DC films and tv, it's rare that I watch them more than once. They're always a disappointment. I find the source material better in almost every respect.

But watching those films always gives me the impetus to go back to the source material. The Eternals and Shang-Chi were massive let downs, but I went straight back to the comics and re-read Kirby's Eternals and Master of Kung-Fu up to the end of the Moench/Gulacy run.

So the movies and television tend only increase the amount I read.

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