After I read The Hunger Games, I realized I wanted more stories like that. I delved into the YA dystopian genre and read quite a bit of it over the next couple of years. I still love the dystopians, but lately I’ve been finding myself reading more contemporaries. One genre I’ve never been able to get into, at least where reading is concerned, is high fantasy.
I don’t know why I have such a problem with it. I pin part of it on the unfamiliar names. I can keep the characters straight when their names are Heather, Natalie, and Dodge, but names like Celaena and Chaol are confusing. I feel like I spend more time trying to pronounce them than I do enjoying the book! The names in dystopian fiction are often just as strange, and it can be confusing at times, but I don’t have as much difficulty as I do with high fantasy.
I want to like high fantasy, I really do. Some of my favorite TV shows and movies have been fantasy — Legend of the Seeker and Lord of the Rings — and I’m currently watching Game of Thrones. Yet, I don’t have any interest in reading the books they’re based on. I did listen to the first two Sword of Truth (Legend of the Seeker) audiobooks, but I couldn’t get that invested in them and when the TV series ended, I didn’t try any more of the books.
A lot of people who went to BEA were going crazy for the Heir of Fire ARCs. (I love the green on the cover!) I decided I would give the Throne of Glass series a try. I’m enjoying it so far, but I am having to read it very slowly so I don’t get lost. It’s going to take me months to read it and the rest of the books if I don’t speed things up!
Do you have a bookish comfort zone? Have you ever tried reading outside of your comfort zone? Do you have any recommendations for high fantasy that I might try once I finish the Throne of Glass books (if I ever do, at the rate I’m going)?