Thursday, November 01, 2007

Booking Through Thursday



What with yesterday being Halloween, and all . . . do you read horror? Stories of things that go bump in the night and keep you from sleeping?
I thought about asking you about whether you were participating in NaNoWriMo, but I asked that last year. Although . . . if you want to answer that one, too, please feel free to go ahead and do both, or either, your choice!

I read books that are often in the horror section in bookshops, but I am not sure I would actually call them horror. I love Anne Rice who always gets put there because her books are about vampires, but shes more sensual and descriptive than make you jump horror. Again a lot of urban fantasy is kept in the horror section which I enjoy reading, but it's more sassy females fighting demons than scary stuff. I used to read Stephen King when I was younger but I went off him. So I guess the short answer is no not really!

I am not participating in NaNoWriMo and I have no idea what it is...

12 comments:

Melody said...

Hi Rhinoa! I enjoy reading horror stories, and it can be anything from a spooky ghost story to a vampire slayer or whatever. But I can't say the same for some scary horror movies because they will stay in my mind for quite some time...unlike books which I will forget after some time.

Happy BTT!

gautami tripathy said...

I can't read any vampire stories. After Dracula who can hold a candle?

Rhinoa said...

Melody - I know what you mean, I can't watch horror films either. It's not violence and gore that bothers me, its the psychologyical aspects.

Guatami Tripathy - I finally read Dracula this year and loved it. It hasn't put me off others though which are good for different reasons.

Nymeth said...

I read a lot of things that get classified as horror (Anne Rice, other vampire stories, and even The Sandman), but like you I don't actually think of any of them as horror myself. They're atmospheric and creepy, but not actually scary.

NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month. The participant's goal is to write a novel (well, a first draft of one anyway) between the first and the last of November. Chris and Dark Orpheus and a few other bloggers are participating. I'd like to do it someday - it sounds like a lot of fun. Not just the writing but also the whole community experience.

Alice Teh said...

The last time I watched Exorcist (I was very young), it took me one whole year to get over it... I don't mind reading horror stories but prefer genres such as romance, family, etc.

I am taking part in NaNoWriMo though. :D

Daphne said...

I don't know what NaNoWriMo is either (although now that I've read the other comments, I've been enlightened!).

Mei said...

I don't read horror, either, for a different reason: I'm a chicken!

Jaimie said...

i like Anne Rice too, but found The Witching Hour" to be scarier than the vampire books. Spooky!

heather said...

My favorite types of horror are suspense/thriller/psychological horror, which some people forget are horror because they only define gross-out stuff as horror (which is a real shame, IMO).

pussreboots said...

I've only liked one Anne Rice book, The Mummy. Happy BTT.

Literary Feline said...

I think the definition of horror is blurred a lot of the time with some thrillers and dark fantasy among other things. I like Anne Rice too. :-)

Dark Orpheus said...

Well, I told I give NaNoWriMo a shot this year. I'm trying very hard to write a novel of 50,000 words or more in the month of November - but at this moment I only managed a word count of 1030 in 3 days. I am more convinced now that I am not meant to be a writer.

Chris is so far ahead of me. Hee.

Horror - I never thought of myself as a reader of horror, although I love vampire stories, and I have enjoyed the earlier Lestat stories, and the earlier Witches books by Anne Rice.

Maybe I'm more into "dark fantasy" or "urban fantasy" - which is apparently the genre I enjoy writing (badly, slowly). *ahem*

I often think "Horror" is a little limiting - maybe bookstores should just expand their categorisation of "Fantasy" and shelve the "Horror" books with other works of "Fantasy"