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The One Ring Forums: Off Topic: The Pollantir:
Your favorite genre of fiction
Poll: Your favorite genre of fiction
Historic Drama
Science fiction
Literary fiction
View Results (124 votes)

Tol Eressea

Dec 7 2011, 8:46am

Post #1 of 24 (629 views)
Your favorite genre of fiction Can't Post

Multiple answers allowed, but please don't choose more than three!

Inspirational means fiction with religious themes aimed at Christian audience. (I assume there's also inspirational fiction for other religions.)

Literary fiction is the fiction outside of the traditional genres. For example it could just deal with everyday life and humanity.

I was hesistant to add Historic Drama as a genre, as technically you could claim it isn't. However, I assumed there's enough readers who specially prefer historic tales over present day stories, so I listed it independently.


Dec 7 2011, 8:58am

Post #2 of 24 (357 views)
Historical fiction...no doubt about it [In reply to] Can't Post

Especially Bernard Cornwell!


Dec 7 2011, 9:37am

Post #3 of 24 (357 views)
Detective, Fantasy... [In reply to] Can't Post

and historical fiction! As a historian, it's my guilty pleasure. Wink
I know there are some inaccuracies, but I love a good story

Grey Havens

Dec 7 2011, 9:50am

Post #4 of 24 (329 views)
Science-fiction and fantasy. // [In reply to] Can't Post



Dec 7 2011, 11:11am

Post #5 of 24 (345 views)
me too! What sort of history do you love?// [In reply to] Can't Post



Dec 7 2011, 12:14pm

Post #6 of 24 (377 views)
My favourite is 'Early Modern' [In reply to] Can't Post

which, subject to argument, is about 1500-1750. Especially the 'popular culture' of the period, (yes, I know that's a loaded term for historians Wink).

Anything after 1850-ish interests me little in historical study terms I'm afraid, (although being brought up on Dad's Army means I was always keen to know more about WW2).
I'm definitely more of a cultural than political or economic historian. Mention Marxist historiography, and I will begin to drift.... Sly


Dec 7 2011, 12:50pm

Post #7 of 24 (355 views)
I start to drift as soon as anyone mentions Post Modern history [In reply to] Can't Post

The Early Modern period is interesting, though not my favourite era. My area of interest is pretty broad...I love Anglo-Saxon England, Napoleonic Europe, the American Civil War, the Pacific Theatre in WWII, European monarchical history...I could go on!

Arwen's daughter

Dec 7 2011, 3:28pm

Post #8 of 24 (316 views)
Science Fiction // [In reply to] Can't Post


Aunt Dora Baggins

Dec 7 2011, 3:33pm

Post #9 of 24 (359 views)
As I get older I gravitate more to literary fiction. [In reply to] Can't Post

As a younger person, fantasy and science fiction and mysteries were my choices. But lately I find myself reading more realistic fiction. Some of my childhood favorites were in that genre too, like The Secret Garden and To Kill a Mockingbird. The most recent one I read and enjoyed was Shine, by Lauren Myracle.


Dec 7 2011, 3:41pm

Post #10 of 24 (344 views)
yes, there is [In reply to] Can't Post

tons of inspirational literature for non-Christians. I'm particularly fond of the writings of the Dalai Lama and Thich Nhat Hanh (Buddhism) and Hafiz and Rumi (Sufism).


Dec 7 2011, 6:55pm

Post #11 of 24 (342 views)
Most of my reading habits lean toward Sci-Fi, Action-adventure, and Fantasy. [In reply to] Can't Post

The latter taking up the large majority of my book shelf.Wink

(This post was edited by Gimli'sBox on Dec 7 2011, 6:56pm)


Dec 7 2011, 7:25pm

Post #12 of 24 (349 views)
For the last many years it has been detective/mystery fiction. [In reply to] Can't Post

With a liberal sprinkling of humor (Wodehouse, Benson, Jerome, etc.) and always the classics, such as Dickens and Austen.

I've been sneaking a little bit back into the fantasy genre of late, but not enough yet to call it "favorite."

You'd think, with my religious leanings, that I would like inspirational fiction, but so much of it is badly written drivel by authors with more sincerity than skill. And I'm not interested enough to fish through the junk to find the gems.

(This post was edited by RosieLass on Dec 7 2011, 7:27pm)


Dec 7 2011, 10:47pm

Post #13 of 24 (344 views)
I have trouble with Historic Fiction... [In reply to] Can't Post

...because I'm a historian and know too much! I get just as annoyed when they get the history wrong as Tolkien book fans get when the movies mess with ME history!

So, to relax I like a good mystery. I'm reading more non-fiction nowadays, though.

Forum Admin / Moderator

Dec 8 2011, 3:40am

Post #14 of 24 (342 views)
I have a little trouble answering this [In reply to] Can't Post

 I don't tend to like genres so much as particular authors, so when I find an author I like I'll read everything I can find that they've written. But just because I like one detective story doesn't mean I'll like any other detective story, or fantasy, or whatever.

Regardless, I chose Historical, Detective and Mystery as being the genres I read and/or re-read in most often.


Dec 8 2011, 3:45am

Post #15 of 24 (334 views)
19th-century English lit [In reply to] Can't Post

Austen, the Brontes, Dickens, Eliot, Gaskell, Trollope, Thackeray . . .

I also like more modern authors who set their story in the 19th century, whether it be Regency romances a la Heyer, or steampunk Victoriana.


Dec 8 2011, 4:12am

Post #16 of 24 (340 views)
Fantasy and westerns. [In reply to] Can't Post

Or Tolkien and L'Amour.

Tol Eressea

Dec 9 2011, 4:20am

Post #17 of 24 (322 views)
Fantasy and Sci-fi... [In reply to] Can't Post

hands down, my favourite types!

Tol Eressea

Dec 11 2011, 6:56am

Post #18 of 24 (372 views)
I like stories laced with humor [In reply to] Can't Post

I tend to prefer literary fiction, stories that are slice-of-life, or maybe even stories dealing with serious topics, but incorporate humor. Books by Roddy Doyle, Sally Vickers, Nick Hornby, and Anne Tyler are good examples.

I also love Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams. Though the stories are written in the guise of science fiction and fantasy, they are more about satire than genre.

I love science fiction and fantasy when I can find writers I like, but I'm really picky about writing style. Even if I like the story idea, if the writing doesn't suit me, I can't read it.

But, usually my go-to is 19th and early 20th century literature, especially British and Russian. Those people could writeLaugh
And again, part of what I like about this writing is the gentle use of humor, even in otherwise serious books.

Life is too short to be overly serious all the time. Plus "dramady," comedy mixed with drama, is a truer reflection of life.

(This post was edited by zarabia on Dec 11 2011, 7:02am)

Grey Havens

Dec 15 2011, 5:42pm

Post #19 of 24 (285 views)
Other... [In reply to] Can't Post

TV Tie-ins... I like stories that expand on already existing TV show storylines, such as Doctor Who, Torchwood, Being Human, and of course, fanfiction... although I do sometimes dip into "regular" literature (Tolkien notwithstanding), if the stories seem interesting enough, such as To Kill a Mockingbird, Mordant's Need, Jane Eyre... and I also have a soft spot for Erma Bombeck's humorous books and the Sharpe series, and as a guilty pleasure, I pull out an old copy of a Harlequin romance novel. Blush


Dec 17 2011, 3:34am

Post #20 of 24 (289 views)
wow, I'm in the top 3! [In reply to] Can't Post

I voted Fantasy, Mystery, Science Fiction. One-two-three. (at the time of my vote, anyway)


Dec 23 2011, 9:47pm

Post #21 of 24 (279 views)
yup... [In reply to] Can't Post

Part of my reason for having a pared-down taste is I read terribly slowly - most of my friends can knock out a novel in an evening or two and it takes me 2 weeks or more. But my retention is far above most others so at least I have the solace in that while I may never be so well-read as my friends, I can debate with the best of them on what I have read!


Dec 23 2011, 9:55pm

Post #22 of 24 (245 views)
Aunt Erma!!! [In reply to] Can't Post

Thanks, diedye! I MISS Aunt Erma! Unsure


Dec 23 2011, 10:06pm

Post #23 of 24 (257 views)
Well [In reply to] Can't Post

1. Space Opera. Anything with a rocket ship in it. (As opposed to Space Horror, where they use the exact same script every dang time, just with a different slime-covered rubber monster.)

2. Historical Fiction. Usually in the 20s and 30s, especially set in Weimar Germany or America during the Depression.

3. Mystery/Detective. Agatha Christie, Earl Biggers, John Marquand, Ellery Queen, Erle Stanley Gardner. Especially Old Dark House/Drawing Room mysteries.

Grey Havens

Dec 27 2011, 1:08pm

Post #24 of 24 (292 views)
I've read some of their essays, but do they write fiction? // [In reply to] Can't Post



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