Yakkety Yak – Favorite Blends

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This blending of genres and sub-genres is not a new animal.  I’m not sure when it all started or what was the first genres to go through the mash up process.  What I do know is that this genre blending’s been around a whole lot longer than I have.  Classifications of genre fiction like romantic suspense, sci-fi romance, historical mystery, Urban Fantasy, and Paranormal Romance though some aren’t older than me, prove that.

I can be self-absorbed at times so it took me the longest time to figure out that there are a great many people out there that have a smidge of trouble with this blending.  They rank it up there with letting their food touch on the plate as a pet peeve.  Their idea of blending when it comes to their books is to grab up ‘cowboy’ or ‘billionaire’ romance.  That’s plenty of blending for them, thank you ever so.

Now see, I’m pretty much the opposite.  Not only do I not get all that fussy if my food touches, I’m not particular if an author leaves me scratching my head about what genre to classify his or her book.  So long as that puppy was a riveting read, no sweat for me if I just read a historical sci-fi romantic suspense.  Although, yeesh, aren’t those hummers tough to set up in a review post?  LOL

I actually feel pretty grateful when all’s said and done for genre fiction blends.  Without them, there are a fair few of genres that I probably wouldn’t have picked up – or at least not as soon as I did.

The first one to do it for me was Young Adult Paranormal Romance.  Never touched a YA book since the genre emerged until I read Twilight by Stephanie Meyer.  I won’t say it was the best YA PNR I’ve read, but it did it’s job.  Door opened.

Next, it was Paranormal Steampunk Romance.  Hadn’t considered that I might like Steampunk until I picked up Bec McMaster’s Kiss of Steel.  Vampires and automatons?  Devoured that series and more.

Back to YA, I read Partials by Dan Wells and my love for Dystopian bloomed into a near fixation there for a while.  Up until then, not sure I found the end of the word a setting I was into.

But somewhere along the way, I learned to love sci-fi when I picked up No Words Alone by Autumn Dawn and M/M when I thought I was getting an M/F Age of Sail Romance in Ransom by Lee Rowan.

And just this past fall, I experienced my first zombies due to genre blending in a YA Horror Romance called Warm Bodies.

So what’s your take on blending?  Are you a keep my carrots from touching my potatoes no blending sort or are you one who likes it?  If you like it, what’s your favorite blend?  Or what blending of the genres has you curious?

 

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!
  • I’m not a fan of Twilight but I really enjoyed Kiss of Steel!

    • Yeah, I wasn’t a fan, but it did show me the entertaining new world of YA fiction. Loved Kiss of Steel. 🙂

  • I’m a huge fan of paranormal romance. I do like the blending that’s done in some books when it’s done well.

    • Yes, paranormal romance is one of my favorite blends, too. I think it was 90% of my reading right after I discovered it. 🙂

  • Greg Hill

    I kinda like blending because it mashes things up, and like you said sometimes it opens the door to a genre I didn’t realize I liked or wouldn’t have tried.It can also make it hard sometimes to know what I’m getting- like with urban fantasy is it more straight UF or is a PNR? There can be a lot of overlap there seems like, but still… I don’t mind really because I like discovering the new stuff. 🙂

    I did discover steampunk and dystopians pretty much through YA so I’m glad those mashups introduced me to those. 🙂 Great post!

    • Those UF/PNR crossovers confuse me, too, but yes, so fun. I love Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter series, but I’m never sure what to call it. LOL Thanks, Greg!

  • I love fusion reads. One of my favorite is historical paranormals. You don’t get them too often. Erotic historical really works for me, too.

    With my food, too. Well, sometimes. I can totally have all my sides touching and sometimes make sides sandwiches. But I do NOT like some foods together. Veggies should NEVER be in dessert. lol

    Great post, Sophia!

    • Oh yes, historical PNRs are great. Oh hey, I just read a erotic historical (well it was listed as such though suppose it will depend on how much heat tips the scale for the individual reader, but yes, it was a steamy one).

      Well, I’d agree with the veggies and dessert, but I love carrot cake and zucchini bread. 🙂 So I guess I would even push that rule. LOL

  • I like it when a book doesn’t fit into any one genre perfectly. As long as it an enjoyable story, I am for it. I like it when my food touches and have even been known to mix things up on purpose.

  • Oh yeah, I definitely like genre blending. It can be hard to label them, but who cares. lol. It just adds another layer to the story, and that’s often a good thing.

  • I like genre blendings and I have read my fair share of them. A paranormal romantic suspense book was a great way for me to dip my toes into the romantic suspense genre, while havign a touch of something i already knew I liked namely paranormal romance. Although I am sure there are some books when a genre blend doesn’t always work, so far I think genre blends are a great thing and I have read a lot fo books with blended genres that were great! Like Carole said, as long as the story is good, that’s what’s important.