We all know about judging a book by its cover (guilty!) but what about judging a book by its genre?
Are books always defined by the genre they are placed in? For example, it’s no secret that I tend not to like books in the genre of New Adult. Does this mean that I shouldn’t bother reading any books in that genre? Pretty much every time I read a New Adult book that everyone else has seemed to enjoy (with ridiculously high Goodreads ratings- I’m talking greater than 4), I’m unfortunately let down by a clichéd, unoriginal plot (or lack of plot).
Every time I see a New Adult book, I think to myself, “don’t worry, Nara, this next book will be really good. Look at that blurb! Look at that rating!” and 9 out of 10 times, I’m disappointed. Some of these books that had the majority raving, but left me completely disappointed- The Edge of Never, Fallen Too Far, Vain and basically a billion others.
But then again, there are some incredible books- The Sea of Tranquility, Easy, all of Colleen Hoover’s books- that fall under the category of New Adult. And if I had judged those books by their genres, then I never would have been able to have discovered them.
I suppose the best way to judge a book is by its blurb- but then again the blurb might not be an accurate reflection of the actual content of the book. And, I’m going to honest, half the time I don’t actually bother reading a book’s blurb properly and decide to read it based on cover, tagline, rating and author alone (yeah, I’m weird).
So, what do you think about judging a book by its genre? Do you do it too?