“This Is My Genre, Tell Me Yours” Book Tag


Today is a perfect day for a fun tag! Ellie at Blogging for Dopamine tagged me fo the This Is My Genre, Tell Me Yours book tag and she really made me think… I wasn’t even sure what my favourite genre was! XD Thank you, Ellie, so much for the tag! ❤

First things first, here are the rules:

  • Credit  Drew @ TheTattooedBookGeek as the creator of the tag, use the created tag name graphic and link back to his blog. (Also, if you want to learn more about the tag you can see Drew’s post HERE.)
  • Answer the questions.
  • Tag as many people as you want.

And now, let’s get to the questions!

1. What is your favourite genre?

So, in the end, I decided that my favourite genre is Gothic fiction, in all of its different shapes and forms. From the Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole, published in 1764, the classics such as Samuel Talylor Coleridge, Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, Edgar Allan Poe and many others, through books that are only slightly gothic (like my beloved Wuthering Heights or most of Daphne du Maurier’s books) to some modern takes on the genre. This is the genre from which some amazing characters were born, characters we never stop talking about – Dracula, The Phantom of the Opera, Carmilla, Dorian Gray, Jekyll and Hyde… It’s characterised by creepy atmosphere, old castles, dark woods, and often with some paranormal occurences (though not always). It is also the genre that gave us horror fiction. What’s not to love?


2. Who is your favourite author from the genre?

Another hard decision! XD When it comes to Gothic classics, then it has to be Mary Shelley. I’ve talked so many times about my love for her and her writing, so I don’t want to repeat myself, but she is my queen! And my other, modern, queen is Anne Rice. She introduced me to the vampire lore and I’ve never stopped being intrigued by it.

3. What is it about the genre that keeps pulling you back?

Mostly, it’s the atmosphere. I think Gothic fiction is the most atmospheric of all fiction. It’s dark and mysterious, beautiful and desciptive, but also creepy and un-put-downable. (Is that a word? Now it is.) And there are just so many possibilities! Many Gothic stories use some folkloric elements and make them their own, which is very interesting to me. I like seeing how different authors interpret similar ideas.


4. What is the book that started your love for the genre?

Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles – the first three in the series are soooo amazing and I love them to death. Lestat is one of my favourite fictional characters. After reading Anne Rice’s books when I was about 14, I just had to read Dracula and that’s how my little obsession started.

5. If you had to recommend at least one book from your favourite genre to a non-reader/someone looking to start reading that genre, what book would you choose and why?

If that person wants to start with Gothic classics, then I’d recommed Carmilla by Sheridan Le Fanu and Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. Those are my favourites. (I think everyone should read Frankenstein, even if they’re not interested in Gothic fiction, to be honest;)) If the person wants to start with something modern, then Anne Rice, of course. Or Carlos Ruiz Zafon. I think his books are approachable to (and loved by) the people who are not fans of the Gothic genre as well as those who are.

6. Why do you read?

Because that’s how I have fun! 🙂 I’ve always loved stories, and even before I could read, my parents read to me. My father sometimes even made up stories. I learned to love reading from an early age and my love for books only grew from there. I read to have fun, yes, but I also read to learn, to feel, to be intrigued, to have my thoughts provoked, and even to cry. 🙂

And in the end, I tag these lovely people: Misty@mistysbookspaceMatxi@matxibooks, Sophie@blameitonchocolate, Anna@itsmybirthwriteCaffeinated Bibliophile and Elena@elenasquareeyes.

Happy blogging! 🙂

First two pictures are from pixabay.com, the other two are mine.

17 thoughts on ““This Is My Genre, Tell Me Yours” Book Tag

  1. Thanks so much for the tag lovely, but I’ve done this one recently! 🙂 Here it is, if you want to check out my answers: https://blameitonchocolate.wordpress.com/2017/02/02/this-is-my-genre-tell-me-yours-tag/
    Gothic fiction is indeed fascinating, even if I haven’t read too much of it. Mostly just Poe.
    One of my favorite books of all times is also Wuthering Heights, which I think is a happy medium. I love every single thing about it, including the eerie atmosphere and the constant uncertainty about what’s supernatural and what’s not. That subtlety is what I most love about it. Your answer to question #3 puts it perfectly, I think 🙂
    I’ll definitely try Frankenstein, which I’ve never actually read. I’ve heard of Carmilla before (there’s a youtube series loosely based on it that is quite entertaining, but I’m not sure if actual fans of the book will like it) so I might give that one a try as well.
    Great post! ^^

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    1. I’ve heard of Carmilla youtube series but somehow never watched it… I’d like to see it. And Frankenstein is my favourite! I also agree with what you said about Wuthering Heights. 😊
      And sorry, I didn’t know you already did the tag. Ooops.

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  2. Great post! I haven’t read gothic fiction in ages (probably since I read Dracula so many years ago). After reading this, I think I’m going to have to get back into it, probably starting with Anne Rice. Thanks for the recommendation!

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        1. Have you read Neil Gaiman? Some of his books are considered to have gothic elements (Neverwhere for example). And I think Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice can be read on it’s own, without committing to the series. The same is true of Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s Shadow of the Wind (though the second one in the series, Angel’s Game, is more “gothic” in my opinion. And they can both work as standalones.) And Angela Carter’s short stories are great, too. They are very dark retellings of fairy tales. Hope I helped. 😆

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          1. Thanks for all the recommendations! I’ve read Stardust by Neil Gaiman, and have a copy of Fragile Things waiting to be read. I really want to read Neverwhere too. I’ll be sure to check some of these out 🙂


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