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Let’s Discuss: Genre Fatigue & How to End the Rut

Tired of reading the same type of story over and over??

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Let’s Discuss: Genre Fatigue & How to End the Rut

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I’m not sure if this is a real term, but I define “genre fatigue,” as the general exhaustion one feels when reading the same type of story over and over and over again. It’s tiring and boring and really starts to get on your nerves.

I don’t get tired of young adult books as a whole, but I definitely get exhausted by certain genres within YA.

For example, if I never read another sick kid dying book it’ll be too soon. I loved The Fault in Our Stars because it was special with a message I’d never read before.

Now, it’s become a trend, and I’m OVER IT (absolutely nothing against you if you do!).

What genre fatigue are you feeling? Are there any types of characters, plot twists or other bookish things you’re tired of reading??

The obvious solution to getting out of reading the same type of book is to either avoid it entirely or to read something out of your comfort zone.

My book club is reading None of the Above for our April meeting, and I know it’ll be an eye-opening read.

What do you do to get out of a reading rut?

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • Beth

    I’ve had that with medieval British-esque historical fiction. I consumed it so much, a few years ago, that I burned out and basically abandoned the genre entirely for years. Now I’ve picked it back up, but I’m going chronological from pre-period to post, so if I start feeling over it I know I have a different sub-genre coming up quickly. I suppose the hope that I won’t be stuck is what carries me through any potential ruts.

  • http://www.andreabuginsky.com/ Andrea Buginsky

    I love YA fantasy, and I write YA fantasy, but sometimes, it’s nice to take a break and read a different genre. My book club is helping me with that. So far, we’ve read The Fault in Our Stars, The Book Thief, The DUFF, and now we’re reading Paper Towns. I love reading these other genres between my fantasies. It helps break up the monotony.

  • Labus