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I was at a bookstore a few days ago, browsing the New Science Fiction/Fantasy section. I like to go there and find books to check out from the library, and/or purchase.

While I was staring at the pretty, pretty covers, a guy popped around the corner. The following conversation (approximately) happened.

Random Guy: “Oh. You don’t usually see girls here. Do you like Star Trek?”

Me: (Bemused) Not really…

RG: Huh.

Me: When I first started reading genres, I read sci fi and fantasy.

RG: Huh. You looking for anything in particular?

Me: (Still bemused) Not really, I just like to look at them…

RG: (Noncommittal noise. Wanders off.)

I was a little startled by his label choice, and the sudden conversation, so I wasn’t especially communicative. But he was acting oddly, too. I’m not quite sure what that conversation was, other than weird.

So my love of science fiction is apparently a little unusual  to my gender. (How I didn’t know this, I’m not sure. But I didn’t.) Do you find this to be true?

Do you read genres that aren’t supposed to be ‘yours?’

About Caitlin Stern

I have a MA in English, and have so many fantasy/urban fantasy WIPs it's not even funny. I'm an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, biography, fiction, and anything else that catches my interest. I collect books, and bookmarks I find that are visually appealing and useful.

8 responses »

  1. tracycembor says:

    I enjoy a lot of heroic fantasy, which is usually about a small band of guys making trouble for themselves then solving their problems, often with humorous twists and turns. Very light on the romantic interest, if any. The Lies of Locke Lamora is a great example of this that I discovered in the past year.

    I also read some YA, but I’m not sure how surprising it is that lots of readers over eighteen enjoy this genre.

    • caitlinstern says:

      Locke Lamora is awesome–and rather romantic, too, in his own way… 🙂

      For non-young adults reading YA, it probably isn’t surprising for most people. Except, perhaps, people who hardly ever read.

  2. MidnightPageTurners says:

    I don’t think any genre really belongs to any specific gender, I enjoy sci fi too! Who’s to say you need to like Star Trek to like the entire genre? I think each genre is so diverse in itself that you couldn’t say any genre was specifically for males or females, it just wouldn’t make any sense. Great post 🙂

    • caitlinstern says:

      There *is* a big chunk of Star Trek books in the Sci Fi section at nearly any book store, but I agree. It isn’t some kind of identifier of a true fan.

      Perhaps Sci Fi as a genre is more targeted towards men, and possibly has more male readers. I don’t see why we should let that stop us, though.

  3. I think that guy was just your run-of-the-mill weirdo, lol. I mean, yes, I think if you polled women you’d find that the most-read genre was Romance, but that doesn’t mean we don’t love us some fantasy and sci-fi!

    • caitlinstern says:

      Right? There’s nothing wrong with a love story, but sometimes you want some spaceships, aliens, explosions, and/or robots (which can work nicely with a love story sometimes, but doesn’t *need* one.)

  4. I get this all the time and it drives me bonkers. I also play DnD, video games and non mainstream board games which some folk just can’t handle.

    Good thing my gaming (and writing) circles are smarter than that. 😉

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