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View Poll Results: What genre do you like best?
Romance 19 23.17%
Fantasy 36 43.90%
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Old 03-21-2013, 09:16 AM   #46
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Plot, believable characters, and also I like some level of surprise or some twists or a bit of mystery or something, though I'm not a big reader of mysteries as a genre.
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Old 03-21-2013, 10:01 AM   #47
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What makes a book worth reading? When it is not boring and it is full of sense! That's when the book is worth reading although I am not a book lover
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Old 03-25-2013, 10:02 PM   #48
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Great response. All I can say is ditto.
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Old 03-26-2013, 03:39 PM   #49
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My favorite is science fiction.
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I think part of what makes a book worth reading is unmeasurable. It's something unique to each person. A book that I think is great might get a meh from another reader. So the reader brings something to the book though much of the work is done by the author. And each author writes the story out of what he/she likes, needs, wants, etc.
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Old 03-26-2013, 05:55 PM   #51
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Is there a good amount of gay literature across the various genres? I like a bit of a love interest in my books, so I imagine it would be less fullfilling if the romance were between two women, since I could probably not relate as well.
Most gay fiction these days is written by women. It can work well, but often rings a little false. There's this whole idea of women fulfilling a fantasy and writing "a chick with a dick". In the last gay novel I read, a guy was in a restaurant with his boyfriend and he was jealous because the waitress was coming onto his boyfriend, which, to a gay guy, is laughable. If his boyfriend's gay, why would he care about the waitress? He'd be more likely to feel sorry for the girl, so yeah, things like that are annoying.

But the larger picture of having you imagine reading what it would be like to watch two girls fall in love (or two guys). For a gay guy, that's just about every book and movie we've ever seen - two straight people falling in love.
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Most gay fiction these days is written by women. It can work well, but often rings a little false. There's this whole idea of women fulfilling a fantasy and writing "a chick with a dick". In the last gay novel I read, a guy was in a restaurant with his boyfriend and he was jealous because the waitress was coming onto his boyfriend, which, to a gay guy, is laughable. If his boyfriend's gay, why would he care about the waitress? He'd be more likely to feel sorry for the girl, so yeah, things like that are annoying.

But the larger picture of having you imagine reading what it would be like to watch two girls fall in love (or two guys). For a gay guy, that's just about every book and movie we've ever seen - two straight people falling in love.
The Donald Strachey books by Richard Stevenson are wonderful as are the movies, and I liked the Dave Brandstetter books by Joseph Hansen. Also Josh Lanyon and Anthony Bidulka are worth reading.

Lots of others but memory fails at the moment.

BTW you don't have to be gay to enjoy these books, they are just IMO good books

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I agree with the previous replies. A good plot and good characters.
And most importantly writer must create the willingness of user to read further.
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The best books for me are books I lose myself in. If I'm aware that I'm reading then the book has failed.
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