I write romance novels, contemporary romance to be specific. My characters are people you would see on the streets of your city and have the same problems with life and love that you have. In sharp contrast to what I write, my favorite type of book to read is science fiction.
A Sci-Fi fan from way back in my childhood, I have devoured books by Asimov and Heinlein – two of my very favorite authors – as well as campier stories by Alan Dean Foster and Brian Daley. Foster and Daley, by the way, wrote novels based on the Alien Nation and Star Wars characters.
What draws me to these authors and their books is that they take me away from reality and bring me to the worlds they have created. It’s one thing to be able to tell a story, it is quite another to invent an entire world to tell that story about. The other thing I enjoy most about Asimov, and so many other great sci-fi writers, is that there is often a moral to be learned from the story. No matter how many times I read I, Robot I always find some new truth about our current world that he was trying to make.
I am off to my bookshelf now. I have been eager to re-read Battlefield Earth. The movie, starring John Travolta, was just on TV the other night. While I enjoy the movie, I am a purist and would rather create the world in my mind through the words I am reading rather than watching someone else’s interpretation of the story.
Do you have a favorite genre that you turn to again and again? Inquiring minds want to know.