I read a lot of genres, mostly of the romance kind. I love me my romance. But there are a lot of different kinds of genres out there for as many as readers can appreciate them. I enjoy reading historical, contemporary, paranormal, young adult, new adult, women’s fiction kinds of stories. And for each genre, I would have my favorite authors. And there are times when an author you’ve been reading for one genre comes out with a new book in a completely new genre.
When authors branch out into other genres…
I only know a couple of authors who have decided to branch out into other genres. Nalini Singh, whose a powerhouse in the paranormal romance genre with her Psy/Changeling and Guild Hunter series, started to publish books in the contemporary romance genre with her Rock Kiss series, which are very, very enjoyable reads as well. Another favorite author of mine, Courtney Milan, whose historical romance novels are ones I hold to the highest standards because she just keeps pushing beyond the boundaries, has released her first contemporary NA romance this year. Lauren Layne, another favorite author of mine, was initially publishing in the adult contemporary romance when her editor asked her if she wanted to write NA novels as well. In the beginning, she had no idea what NA even was but now she writes one of the most enjoyable NA novels for me. And lastly, Kristen Callihan, whose paranormal series has gotten much love, has also branched out into writing NA novels, which is becoming one of my go-to NA series at the moment.
What happens to our reader’s expectations?
When you’ve loved an author’s works within a specific genre that they have become your standard of excellence and high expectations, you can’t escape that tiny, tiny feeling of apprehension when they decide to branch out to a completely different genre. But at the same time, there’s this excitement because you know your favorite authors are spreading their wings more and in any case, you’ll probably read everything so long as they are the ones who wrote it. For me, I knew in my reader’s heart that I love these authors’ writing style so the excitement gets stronger because I was looking forward to how they will use those same writing style on a different genre.
And the magic is still there…
And I’m so happy that the magic is still there despite the different genres. Other people may not have the same outcome but for me, so far, the authors I love who have branched out have done such an awesome job. There might be some birth pains, so to speak, in some of the elements, but I still believe that there are learning curves and lessons in the new paths that they’ve forged so I’m still waving my flags of support.
What are your thoughts on these…
Do you have authors you’ve loved in one genre who decide to branch out and write in a different genre? Did you read those works too? Did you love those? Did they meet your expectations? Do you have authors who you wish would write in another genre?
Let me know what you guys think… 🙂