It seems to be “in fashion” to read books from different genres and quite a few of the youtubers I follow branch out more and more. Diverse books has become something to strive to read. Don’t misunderstand me, these are good things. There is only the issue of me usually not liking the books I read that aren’t in my genre.
So, I read fantasy. That is what I’ve read since I started reading. I’ve never really read anything else. This means I am very familiar with the classical fantasy setting and stereotypical characters – I love them. This also means that branching out makes me feel like a book often is missing something. Where is the grand battle between good and evil? Where is the unlikely friendship between an elf and a dwarf?
Am I just very blind to everything else out there that is good? Should I force myself to read books outside my comfort zone even if I usually end up not liking them? Am I giving them a fair or unfair rating?
It all comes down to why we read. Is it to educate ourselves or for enjoyment? For me, the answer is enjoyment. I’ve always read because it gives me an escape and lets me join an adventure. I love to read about the fight of good and evil. Reading about people struggling to overcome the wrath of a god (or slay a dragon) is where I find what I’m searching for in books.
This however does not mean I don’t want to read diverse books. What this mean is that there should be more fantasy books that are classified as diverse. I want amazingly written fantasy books filled with genuine characters and a magical story. The theme shouldn’t be that the book is diverse, it should just be part of the book. The same way that diversity is part of our world and not forced upon it. Give me a diverse fantasy book with a fantastic story and wonderful characters.