Usually, people have certain genres that they stick to when reading books. For me, it's sort of like a comfort zone - if I pick up a book from a certain genre that I really enjoy, chances are high that I'll end up liking it.
I consider myself very open minded, but even still, there are certain genres of books that I simply will not touch! Romance, paranormal, erotica... quite frankly, those types of books have never existed for me. But recently, I've been reading and hearing about quite a few great books that I normally wouldn't go near, mostly in the paranormal genre. So, that got me thinking: what would it take for me to try something new? What would it take for me to branch out a bit?
Actually, my mentality is quite silly. I've barely ever read anything in the paranormal genre, yet I'm totally ignoring it. I guess part of that is because of the constant, never-ending supply of them. It's all people are reading these days. I have no problem with that of course, but after a while it gets monotonous to the innocent observer. It's a silly reason for me not to be experiencing a wider variety of books, but I always hesitate!
So, to answer my question: it would take many, many rave reviews to even get me mildly interested in a book that I had no previous desire to read. I don't want to be that person who refuses to try something new and is highly critical of a thing they don't even know, but I'm sure we all have those books that we don't pay attention to out of habit. I cannot picture myself as someone who could sit down and enjoy a paranormal romance, but who knows? Stranger things have happened.
Are there certain genres that you stay away from? What would it take for you to try something new?