I can’t quite recall how many times I’ve been asked this question: why do you like horror so much? Normally I get this question after people find out that I write stories. Sometimes I can’t help wondering if people assume I write romance because of the fact that I cannot deny that I’m a crazy cat lady.
While I do like reading some romance stories, yet that is rare for me to purposely write in that genre. I’m trying hard to not make it seem like I dis romance since a lot of my writing buddies and book club friends love that genre. In fact I’ve read 80 romance books this year alone. After horror and science fiction, romance is my third favorite genre to read. I say this because after I say I love horror, people often assume that I hate romance.
As for horror, I like to write, read and watch creepy stuff. It maybe considered weird by some people, but I like to confront my fears. By writing horror I get to apply my critical thinking skills to different situations involving some of my fears. As a writer I believe it makes for some really interesting stories.
Plus I also have been a fan of monsters since I was a little girl due to seeing the old black-and-white zombie and vampire movies a lot; as an adult now I love writing monster stories. The amount of enjoyment I get from horror is way more than anything I ever got out of writing romance. It just can’t compare. I love the paranormal and fantasy horror aspect a lot. If anything I can’t help that writing horror makes me feel happy to be alive. Monster stories have a large place in my heart.
Before I start, I know the author from one of my on-line book clubs. I heard about the book because of that; however it did not effect my review in any shape or form.
Jill Kramer’s Criminal Decision was a very painful and emotional book to read. Why I say that is because it hits way too close to home. Many children and parents have suffered at the hands of the court. In that sense, I could easily classify this book as a “soft” horror book due to the abuse of ethics, child well-being and justice. The mere fact that stuff like this happens in real life is quite an eye-opener.
I have to give her props for writing a book about child abuse without over-dishing the book with lots of scenes with the actual abuse on-screen. The approach was subtle but effective with describing how the little girl reacted to before and after visiting her father’s family. In that sense, I felt that it was a very plotted book since it went into why the mother (Gina) did what she had to do to protect her daughter Emily.
If I had to recommend a fictional book about child abuse, this would be the book I’d recommend. In my personal reading experience a majority of the fictional books I’ve read about the subject tend to over romanticize it, but this book did not glorify the negative aspects at all.
In my case I plan on writing a novel in each subgenre. I also plan on updating the list every so often as I discover other subgenres.
The challenge’s subgenres:
- Cutting Edge
- Dark Fantasy
- Dark Fiction
- Dark Romance
- Science Fiction
- Young Adult