Now I don't want to serious 'date' myself here but back when I first started reading romances there wasn't a huge selection out there. The average romance reader had basically two genre choices. Contemporary and historical. Really. It's true. I know that might be hard to believe considering the selections out there these days. You know, it's kind of like driving around and trying to figure out where you want to eat. Do you want Italian, Tex-Mex, Seafood? Or do you want to hit one of those all you can eat buffet places where there is a ginormous selection all under one roof? That's the way the romance world works these days. Back in the day, I just didn't know what I was missing because there were really only two options if you loved romance. These days we have everything. If you want love and a happily ever after there are plenty of non sex or sex lite books. There is the inspy genre and erotic, two opposite ends of the spectrum. Good. More choice for everyone and that's a good thing.
Whether you are a reader or a writer or both, the choices in material is downright amazing. Paranormal got hotter than hot several years back beginning with vamps and shifters. Now they have evolved into specialized vamps (even some that sparkle) and wolves aren't the only shifters available. These days we read about jaguars, panthers, tigers, lions and bears. Well shoot...just about any animal you can think of. We have demons, dragons and all manner of paranormal creature who is only looking for love and acceptance and the chance to find that perfect mate. We have menage featuring every kind of 'mix', romantic comedy, ghost stories, sci-fi. Hell guys, the list is endless.
During the Romanticon booksigning last year, a reader came up and asked me if I had books without any "funny stuff". It took me a second to realize she wanted straight m/f stories without all the other stuff. Fortunately I had some of those to offer and pointed them out but I also write some menage and paranormal. Since that wasn't on her 'to buy' list, I was simply happy that I write in several different genres. Personally, my tastes veer all over the place depending on my mood. Some days I want dark and intense, sometimes I want to be transported to another time and place, and then, there are those moments when I need to laugh. Lucky for me, there is availability in books to suit my mood.
What are your favorite genres? What would you like to see more of? Are there any genres you find yourself getting tired of?