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As soon as I signed-up for Sci-fi Month November I started thinking about topics and the first topic that came to mind was my rocky relationship with the sci-fi genre. I don’t remember ever writing in depth about it, so that’s what this post is for!
Sci-Fi and me: how it all started
Till about a year ago I used to say that I didn’t like sci-fi books, whether that statement was really true we’ll talk about later, but in general I knew I didn’t like sci-fi. I always had the idea that sci-fi books where about spaceships and battles and boring stories, with no focus on the characters. I just didn’t see anything in this genre that I would like. Not only that, but I always have been afraid of space, just the whole concept and realization of how small we are frightened me, no way I wanted to read about that. Now it turned out not only was my idea of what sci-fi is wrong, but it turned out I actually like those spaceship stories as well.
I came to realize that not all sci-fi books feature spaceships, space and aliens. I realized that dystopia was actually a sub-genre of sci-fi and even before my opinion of sci-fi changed I had already read a few sci-fi books. Although at that moment I stayed more to on the it’s-almost-fantasy side of sci-if, like Open Minds by Susan Kaye Quinn which is a sci-fi book where everyone can read minds. Now the fact is there is a scientifical explanation for mindreading in that book, which makes it a sci-fi instead of fantasy. But when I read the book it felt more like fantasy to me, so I was okay with it. So I had already read some books that actually classified as sci-fi, but I didn’t realize that at the time. I just kept believing I hated sci-fi.
Why didn’t I like sci-fi at first?
One question that still confuses me is why I didn’t like sci-fi at first. It had something to do with my wrong impressions of the genre, but even those things I thought I didn’t like, like space stuff, were things I actually ended up liking. And I even played some games with sci-fi elements like Ratchet and Clank and even one of my favourite games Kingdom Hearts had a travel to other worlds through space aspect. I didn’t mind that, but concerning books I stayed as far away from sci-fi as possible. I just didn’t feel like my kind of genre. And that sounds like such a weak explanation that I don’t know why I didn’t like sci-fi for so long. Also usually I am pretty open to new genres and willing to give it a try, but sci-fi nope. And this was all based on a feeling and a wrong impression of the genre.
Slowly but surely my idea of sci-fi began to change. It all started when I was organizing a blog tour for an author for the small press I was working at the time. An authors signed-up for one of the blog tours I was organizing. Now this wasn’t what was weird, but what was weird is that I actually clicked through to find out where her books were about. When I found out she wrote a book about japanese who where the last people on earth, I was immediately intrigued. Then I found out it was sci-fi. I doubted for a bit and then went over to Kobo and bought the book. The book was Removed by SJ Pajonas and that book would forever change my opinion of sci-fi.
So a while later I read the book and fell in love with the series and the author’s writing style. I found myself questioning whether sci-fi really as that bad as I loved this book. It just didn’t fit, I didn’t like sci-fi as a genre, but I loved this sci-fi book. Then later my boyfriend tried to convince me for the second time to watch Star Wars with him, I like spending time with my boyfriend, but Star Wars sounded exactly like the type of sci-if I didn’t like. Spaceships battles and boring characters and then the fact that everyone seemed to love Star Wars. I rather not watch it. So it my boyfriend some time to convince me, but I watched the first Star Wars movie with my boyfriend. And guess what? I loved it! I loved the different species, the story, the characters and yes all those sci-fi elements. I thought I hated sci-fi, but those space battles and the different planets and species turned out to be fun. And most sci-fi even had lots of world building and I just love world building. It didn’t take me long to change my opinion of the genre after that. I changed my Review Policy to mention I now accepted sci-fi books as well and started looking for more sci-fi books to read. I also watched the whole Star Wars series with my boyfriend and we’re currently watching Star Trek Voyager. I found out I actually love the sci-fi genre! Even nowadays I find it strange I could believe I hate a genre and then find out I actually loved it. I just find it weird and still wish I had been more open to this genre earlier.
So my question to you is: