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…
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?’