Monday, March 16, 2015

Genre and the Zodiac

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What kind of reading personality are you?

Most of us have a preference for certain kinds of books that fall into multiple genres. We also have a style of reading - eclectic, focused, serial, exacting, flitting, browsing. Whatever our approach, it changes over time, representing healthy evolution.

Can these preferences be related to the zodiac?

Test it for yourself and see!

AriesARIES: An independent reader. You like to browse for something that spontaneously lights your fire. Who cares what the critics think? This is all about your desires. No need to hold the thrills, chills and spills. Adventure and conflict a must. Action, SF, Romantic Thriller, War, Page Turners.

TaurusTAURUS: A slower pace isn't an issue, as long as there is sensuality and pleasure. Woven into the pages is a true alpha hero and a powerful, high libido female. HEA is probably a must. Finds delight in Romance, Erotica, Memoir, Historical Fiction, Alternate History Fantasy.

 GeminiGEMINI: Must capture interest in the first sentence. No slow starts. Must also be intelligent. sharp and fresh. Bestsellers are excellent for conversations/social gatherings. Loves a good "whodunnit", Medical or SF Romance, Urban Fantasy, Crime-procedural, Self-Help, Literary Fiction.

CancerCANCER: Loves tales of the past, historical, classical, haute sensibilities - Jane Austin! But not afraid of the darker side of fiction. Must engage the emotions. Will tolerate almost anything as long as there is a non-contrived HEA. Cook Books, Vampire, Mystery, Paranormal. Of course Romance!

LeoLEO: It does matter what the critics are saying and you may use reviews to guide your choices, but you'll make up your own mind in the end! A focused reader with more traditional preferences: High Fantasy, Classical, Supernatural, YA and Children's Books, Hero's Journey, Time Travel.

VirgoVIRGO: Most likely has a TBR list and sticks to it! You're a serial reader who also makes a  great reviewer. Non-Fiction can be as enjoyable as fiction, especially Self-Help or exploring your favorite research topic. SF, Dystopia, YA, Paranormal Romance, Magical Realism, Steam Punk!

 LibraLIBRA: You love to read what your friends are reading. It's as fun to discuss as it is to immerse in the pages. Prefer a certain level of refinement and sophistication. Not too hard core. HEA important. Chick Lit, Classical, Memoir, Romantic Suspense, Faery Tale, Space Opera, Trad Fantasy.

ScorpioSCORPIO: Here we have the sign that not only enjoys a trip to the underworld, it is required reading. A focused and eclectic reader, drawn to stories with extreme emotions and experiences. Horror, Gothic, Dark Fantasy, War, Urban Fantasy, Hard SF, SF Thriller, Erotica.

SagittariusSAGITTARIUS: The explorer into the unknown. Does like to keep up with trends and read current bestsellers (so, like Gemini, can discuss in social situations!) Not afraid of avant guarde. All forms of SF including Alt History, Zombies, Comic Fantasy, YA, Short Stories, Philosophy, Adventure.

CapricornCAPRICORN: One of the most pragmatic and accomplishment oriented signs in the zodiac. Loves academic or business/finances . . . but, there is a whole imaginative and creative side here too! Drawn to Historical Fantasy/Romance, Hard SF, Drama, History, Religious/Spiritual, Vampire.

AquariusAQUARIUS: The most quirky and unpredictable of the signs. The read must be fast pace, full of twists and turns. You don't want to see the end coming! Reads traditionally for knowledge, and non-traditionally for pleasure. New Weird Fiction, Slip Stream, Erotic Romance, SF and Fantasy Thriller.

piscesPISCES: This is the "everything, everywhere, all the time" reader who would probably list all genres known to human kind as a preference. Does love a good Magical Mystery Tour! Faery Tales and Classical Murder Mysteries, Romantic Mystery, Shape-Shifter, SciFi Fantasy, Poetry, genre blenders.

Do any of these ring true for you? I'd love to hear what your favorite genre is, and your sign in the zodiac.

For example, I'm a Gemini and love Urban Fantasy!

Comments are always welcome!

Kim Falconer is a Supernatural Underground author writing paranormal romance, urban fantasy, YA and epic science fantasy novels.

You can find out more about Kim at the 11th House Blog, and on FaceBook and Twitter.

She posts here at the Supernatural Underground on the 16th of every month

Her latest release is"Blood and Water" in Supernatural Underground: Vampires Gone Wild.


Terri Garey said...

Scorpio here, and that description was dead on! Interesting!

Alice W. Suttie said...

Taurus - and nope. no, no, no. take your romance and....give me scifi, fantasy, magical realism, young adult, some action, some spiritual/psychological and don't forget New Scientist!

Amanda Arista said...

Totally spot on!!!

Carolina said...

I'm Scorpio with Libra rising. I find my reading preferences have changed since I started reading at a young age. For example my first memories of loving a story are linked to Little Women (very Libran I think,min that chick flick ye olde style!) then I couldn't read enough Agatha Christy and now I'd only ever read SF, Vampire stories,anything magical, occult, witchy, you get the picture! Interesting blog, thank you!

Jess said...

I'm Cancer and the only bits that match were vampire and paranormal.

I think my reading tastes more closely match what Leo says.

JDalgliesh said...


Taurus rising, totally nailed it. My favourite books often weave together romance and a little erotica with alternate history.

Libra, half and half. I'm fussy about my trad fantasy (really it's Tolkein or nothing); I do occasionally revisit Jane Austen; and I sometimes struggle my way through Space Opera. I'm impatient with faery tale and I can't abide Chick Lit - and I'm not into talking books with friends LOL!

I love Urban Fantasy, Science Fantasy and those hard-to-define genre titles that don't quite fit anywhere. And yes - I do like to flirt with some sexy paranormal romance. Phwooarrrr!!!!

And PS, I'm feeling kinda dumb - what is HEA?


Kim Falconer said...

Heyo, don't feel dumb, Jdalgliesh! I had to ask too, and that was when I was writing a paranormal romance! :)

It means happy every after so not a dystopia ending or those cliffhanging, world taken over by zombies that eat the hero endings that we can have in horror and SF.

I love that you felt the connection to your Taurus rising more than sun in Libra.


Everyone, your comments are so insightful. Thank You!

Bonnie said...

Sagittarius is a perfect description of me.