I have always been bit of an oddball. Honestly, for someone like me, who writes Middle Grade Fiction (ages 9 to 14) and in the Fantasy Genre, I tend to read more books for adults and that too across different genres. Sometimes I worry that If I don’t read books in the age group I write for it may cause problems where my writing is concerned.
Most of the books I read are adult fiction and that to literary fiction with few popular thrillers thrown in. I do try to read MG books, but they more often than not turn out to be bestsellers like the Potter series, Percy Jackson series, Princess Diaries, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and lots of Young Adult books. I have realized that I am enjoying the Young Adult books a lot.
I feel it’s important to know how writers who write in the age group we write tend to treat their characters, stories, plots, sub-plots, dialogues and how they introduce backstory. Reading in one’s own genre and age group is like doing homework. And reading in the age group we write for makes us aware of what is selling, how to treat characters, how the plots move, so that our stories suit the age group.
I wouldnt want someone to say she has no idea how to write for children. Or her stories don’t interest children at all. That’s why I am trying my best to strike a balance with my reading. Trying to read a few MG books every now and then. So that I am aware of the current trends in the world.
Do all of you read in the age group and genre that you all write for? Does anyone have the same problem as me? What genres do you all read and write? Please share your thoughts.