Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Chuckles Chat #63 Scenarios We Love And Hate About Horror

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Over the coming weeks I'm looking at our book buying life. By this what I mean is, what are the scenarios in a book blurb that make us really want to pick up that book and start reading? What do we love about the genre and what puts us off?

For myself, I'm starting with the horror genre, there are certain scenarios that I just love to see in my books. I am a sucker for people camping in the woods or in isolated cabins/holiday homes, who start getting stalked by cannibals or a psycho serial killer or even a nasty Sasquatch or other beast. I just know that these books are either going to be gory with a high death toll, or tension filled frightfests. If I'm very lucky, the book might have both! I can never resist the summer camp slasher novels or the evil theme park plot. I love the creature feature novels with mutant monsters of all kinds and expeditions into jungles, caves and other places humans should not go! Dinosaur islands and twisted game shows! Zombies! Any book blurb that mentions any of these things immediatly catches my eye. 

I also like my horror books to get straight into the story without 100 pages of padding which slowly lead up to something. However good the writing is, I tend to get bored waiting for things to happen and often DNF if it is too slow. I like to be living the events with the characters as they unfold rather than reading reports or diary entries written by a character after the events especially in zombie novels. I want to be shown the tension and the scares rather than be told about it. I want to feel the fear! I want to be on the edge of my seat as the tension builds and an attack happens!

I admit that I don't have a lot of patience with slower books so the psychological horror side of the genre rarely appeals to me. I just don't want to wait until halfway through the book for it to get exciting. I don't generally read about crime horror where a brutal serial killer is being tracked because if there is a lot about interviewing witnesses and police procedure, I kind of switch off there too. The other part I rarely read is the ghost story kind of things as a lot of previous reads like this have been slow or lacking in actual action. I know these comments are generalisations and not every ghost and psychological horror book is like that, but it is wading through the slow ones to find the ones that suit me which doesn't appeal. I just don't have the time for that. However, if I see a few reviews of one that looks good and might suit me, I will then try to read it. I've downloaded a handful that sound interesting this month.

I rarely find anything that is too shocking to read as I have a strong disposition even for nastier torture or rape scenes. I know other readers don't read the kind of things that I do and I fully understand why. It is important that authors warn the readers if their books are likely to upset some readers so we can all freely choose whether or not we want to go there. But I do draw the line at sexual scenes between humans and animals and any scenes that have explicit description of certain toilet functions being used against captives. Like that scene in the Human Centipede film. That kind of thing makes me gag and I don't want to read it!

Do you read horror? What do you like about the genre? Which parts are you less interested in? Is there something you always avoid?

8 comments:

  1. I think Poo scenes are my line. I can pretty much tolerate most anything else but that's just too much for me :) I still haven't talked myself into viewing the Human Centipede films for that gross reason. I like all types of horror, even the slow, atmospheric one's as long as they build up to something dreadful. Bird Boy is one of those that didn't work for me. It had all the elements I enjoy but the characters and their stupid actions and thoughts ruined the rest.

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    1. That toilet function scene in the film made me feel sick and I started retching! The first one was ok I guess but the second one was really poor. Stupid characters really can ruin a book can't they...

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  2. What about wintry settings. I love when the cold elements play a factor in surviving!

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    1. Yep, a good 'trapped in an isolated place in winter with a monster' is a good option. I'm working on a list for that but have a few books on it I still need to read.

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  3. I like horror! Right now I’m reading a demon possession story, but I don’t like it very much because it’s too similar to things I’ve read before. I think I’m over the whole demon thing. None of those books have been holding my attention lately. I like horror about diseases, isolated places, secretive organizations, parallel universes, powerful objects, serial killers, and twisted game shows.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. Demon possesion isn't my favourite thing. I like my characters dealing with the demons outside of a host body. Yes to diseases, twisted gameshows and some isolated places!

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  4. Heh, I'm much more into the psychological side of horror! Though, I'm a massive wuss...

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