Introducing Not My Genre: An Involved Reading Challenge

Much to my initial surprise, I became a fan of the T.V. show True Blood. When I finished watching the latest season I allowed a thought, which had been percolating in my brain for some time, come up for serious consideration. The thought was, ‘I wonder if I should read the actual books?’

Now, I’ve read the first in the Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine Harris. It irked me. I know it is fantasy, there’s romance included, and you need to exercise a certain level of suspension of disbelief. When it came to specific characters getting laid for the first time, oh sorry, I mean when it came to the romantic arc… My suspension of disbelief ended.

I’ve stated several times on BA that I’m not a romantic. I believe I suspend disbelief enough as it is with vampires, zombies, magic, elves, faeries, dragons, werewolves, and other such phenomenon appearing in fiction. Why should I do so with people who can have an excellent, non-awkward, first time? I need some realism in my stories.

To be fair, it has been some time since I read Dead Until Dark and when I read it, it was around the time of my first foray into reading Paranormal Romance (I was pretty much against everything). I really do love True Blood as well so I’ve decided to challenge myself. I love supernatural creatures and humour, why shouldn’t I enjoy the Sookie Stackhouse books? I’m going to see if I can get past the first book and fall in love with the characters as I did with the ones in the show. I’m aware there are liberties taken with adaptations, but I really do feel like a challenge, and I am curious. Curiosity will drive me to distraction; hence this post.

Then I thought to myself, ‘If I challenge myself, maybe others would like to join in too.’ Why not? So there it is. I’m going to challenge myself to read something I would normally shy away from. You can join in too if you wish (whether it’s a true challenge or if you’re already a fan of the series), or just opt to read my experience.

How it Will Work

With each book I read I will create a post with my thoughts on the experience. It won’t be a review. It will be more of a break down of my thought processes and impressions while reading whatever book it is. I’ll make sure I stop at specific intervals to jot down those impressions and thoughts to record in the post. Along with thoughts it will probably include whatever I feel is relevant to the challenge.

I will post only one post per book, after finishing each book, on a Friday. I will try to keep the posting as regular as possible, but there are going to be breaks inbetween books (I will announce beforehand when the post will be going up with the next book, if you wish to share your posts too). If you’re joining in you can read at your own pace, you don’t have to read ahead, and I will link to the Not My Genre category in the side bar for you to find it.

So, in short;

  • Book to Read: Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris.
  • Intervals at Pages: 108, 220, at End
  • Post Date: Next Friday, 16th of November.

That’s it really. At a later date I might take up another reading challenge and if anyone would like to challenge me to something they think I would normally shy away from please feel free to do so. I would love to know what you think would be a challenge.

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