Every reader is drawn to a particular type of genre. Most hardcore readers read just about anything you put in front of them, but we all have a favourite calling when it comes to books.
Where did you get that book?
I suppose that your choice of genre is influenced by the type of book you first read. Whether you have a built-in appreciation for a type of genre that is fed when you find the your first book that interests you, or the first book you read plants the seed is a topic for debate.
In my case, my first book was a teenaged mystery (A Nancy Drew) and I think that formed the foundation for the types of books that I look for to read. I will always choose a mystery title that has a slightly supernatural slant.
Nancy Drew was always battling ghosts and haunted houses and while they mostly turned out to be fake ghosts and hauntings, the supernatural aspect of the stories always escalated the thrill of the read that one extra notch.
I often wonder what would have happened to my reading tastes had I chosen ‘Exodus’ by Leon Uris off the bookshelf instead of “The Quest of the Missing Map” by Carolyn Keene. Would I have just gone for the Nancy Drew in the end anyway? Or might I have been more of historical fiction reader?
What do you think? Is it all about which book you picked up first? Or is there more to it than that?