Discussion Time: What Do You Do When Your Favourite Genre Becomes “Tired”?

A poor girl from a broken family finds a job working for royalty, but she soon finds herself in grave danger when a power she didn’t know she had emerges. Add in a love triangle between two brothers, a murderous queen, and potentially a rebellion and what book am I describing? If you said Red Queen you’re correct, but if you said Evermore you’re also correct.

There are probably more books out there which follow that same template, and after whole it gets boring. While everyone has one favourite genre, one they keep going back to over and over again, when you read the same stories and the same generic tropes just with different character names you can get a little tired.

What Do You Do When Your Favourite Genre Becomes Tired

What Do You Do When Your Favourite Genre Becomes “Tired”?

Fantasy is my favourite genre, and it’s likely always going to be my favourite genre, but a lot of the books I’ve picked up recently seem to follow the same template Red Queen and Evermore do. There’s a kingdom in peril, a love triangle, a heroine with untapped power which she has the master but which also puts her in danger, and no matter how different the characters or the world building are it’s becoming boring.

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Even the Throne of Glass books, one of my favourite series by one of my favourite authors followed those tropes. Yes the Throne of Glass series has moved beyond the murderous royalty/love triangle tropes in the first book, but it’s still how the series started off. I want more unique stories; books which take the tropes I’m used to seeing and turn them on their heads, or books which take a different path and don’t feature royalty or love triangles.

Throne of Glass Series

Unfortunately I feel like when genres do become tired the only path is to put them away for a bit. Instead try out different genres for a bit of much needed variety, or search out more unique books if you can’t live without your favourite genre.

A few years ago when The Hunger Games was big and there were so many dystopian books being released and then made into movies the dystopian genre was one I got tired of, so I stopped reading it. I didn’t add any dystopian books to my TBR list, I didn’t pick up any old favourites of mine like the Penryn and the End of Days trilogy because I was tired of reading the same story over and over and over again.

The Hunger Games Series

It’s been years since then so after my dystopian embargo I can pick up dystopian books and, even if they follow the same generic template set up by trilogies like The Hunger Games or Divergent, I enjoy them so much more.

Maybe another answer would be to read less. I can get through anywhere between three and four books per week, and my Goodreads Reading Challenge is set to 75 books for this year (it was 125 books last year), but maybe if I only picked up one or two books per week, and lowered my Goodreads goal to 50 books, I wouldn’t find myself bored by the fantasy genre I normally love so much.

Maybe buddy reading is another option. I can’t really speak from experience on this but it’s got to be hard being bored with the generic-ness of a story when you have someone to read said book with you. If not it’s something you can rant about together though.

Personally I think because everyone looks for different things in books and everyone has a different favourite genre everyone will have a very different way of coping when their favourite genre becomes tired. I don’t think I can give up fantasy so I just need to try that little bit harder to find more unique books, and maybe mix it up with other genres more than I have been.

Now Onto the Discussion Part of This Post:

Have you noticed the same tropes appearing over and over in certain genres and become tired of them? If so what did you do to combat it?

Has your favourite genre ever become boring for you? If so did you completely give it up or keep pushing through the same old?

What’s the longest you’ve ever not read a certain genre that’s become tired?

Are there any unique fantasy books out there, books with none of the same tropes Red Queen and Evermore have, that you could recommend?

Let me know in the comments below.


44 thoughts on “Discussion Time: What Do You Do When Your Favourite Genre Becomes “Tired”?

  1. This is such an interesting discussion post, Beth ❤️

    I rarely read Fantasy (I am really trying to broaden my horizons this year) but I totally understand what you mean. I was really into Dystopian novels when they first came out (Hunger Games, Matched & Divergent) and they ALL followed the same exact trends and I think that is why I got tired of the genre. I haven’t read Dystopian in years, but I think I might give it another try in the future.

    My favourite genre is contemporary – I must admit that they sometimes follow the same recipe but they also have SO many different storylines. I love the fact that more and more contemporary novels focuses on mental health representation, different family dynamics and lgbtq+ representation. I think this is why I’ve not yet grown bored of this genre yet.

    I’ve never done a buddy read, but I think it’s a really good idea. I think it will help if you have someone to discuss things with while reading.

    This is a really well done posts and I really enjoyed reading it ❤️

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    1. Thanks so much Michelle. 🙂 ❤️
      I feel like a lot of us seemed to experience a similar burn out when it comes to dystopian novels. I guess after The Hunger Games they were everywhere and like you said they all followed that exact same trend and there’s only so many times you can read that one story.
      If your willing to start dystopian books again I’d recommend either the Red Rising series by Pierce Brown (which is a sci-fi/dystopian mix) and the Dark Gifts trilogy by Vic James. Both are amazing and definitely don’t follow the same trends!
      I feel like with contemporary there’s always something to make each book stand on its own, and seeing so much representation in books now seems to add that something different. At least that’s how it is for me.
      I haven’t done many buddy reads myself either, but I know it works for some people for other things so why not this too. 🙂
      Thanks so much. ❤️


  2. Awesome discussion post as always, Beth! I haven’t burned out on my favourite genre, but I think having a healthy balance of different genre helps in avoiding this tiredness. In fact, I actually did start seeing a pattern in psychological thrillers and fully stopped reading them for a while before reading one every 2-3 months or so. It ended up forcing me to pick my books more wisely and hope that the author knows how to not fall into that “been there seen that” trap. 😀

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    1. Thanks so much Lashaan. 🙂 Yeah I mean fingers crossed I haven’t burnt out of my favourite genre and I hopefully won’t for a long time but every so often I do realise I need a break from fantasy. That’s when you normally see my GR Read list will be nothing more than a different genre for a good few weeks. The whole “been there done that” thing sucks, and I imagine it does even more so when it comes to psychological thrillers right? I mean you go into the genre wanting to be shocked and surprised, kind of hard to achieve that if you feel like you’ve already read the same story ten times before.

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  3. I love this discussion so much, because it’s something I’ve for sure felt when it comes to contemporary. For example, the best friend who *immediately* launches into gossiping about who the MC’s crush is, literally in the first scene we see them in????? I NEARLY LOSE MY SOUL EVERY TIME. I have immediately dnf’d so many books for this reason alone, my rage is so intense.

    But your advice to read less + buddy read is amazing, both have helped me & rescued me. i always try to force myself to do other things, like write or go outside and into the world *cringes* whenever I feel burn out. also, buddy reading has helped me get into fantasy + Percy Jackson which I never would have guessed I’d love, it’s Malanie Approved.

    ++++for Unique and Lovable Fantasy Book Recs, i surprisingly loved Black Wings Beating by Alex London! It’s about falcon trainers in a strange world where they worship birds. but falcons!!!! And siblings! (even though the brother in the brother/sister relationship was such a jerk)

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    1. Thanks so much Malanie. Yeah for me YA contemporary is my break genre, so when I’m getting a little tired of fantasy books I pick up a contemporary one and it really helps but I feel like I come across more danger-tropes for me in that genre (not a fan of the bitchy “best friend” that’s for sure)!
      That’s all right, and yeah it’s important to have variety in our lives. I mean switching genres normally works but every so often I need a break from reading in general. (I’m glad you love Percy Jackson though! :D)
      Ohh I haven’t heard of that book before, or maybe I have but barely in passing. I’ll be sure to check it out. It sounds really good and I’m weak for sibling relationships! 😀 ❤

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  4. Ohh, this is a great discussion. I have to say that being a slow reader & reading less books, definitely allows me not to be tired of a certain genre. I also think it’s important to have a more conscious effort on spacing out your reading – I try my best not to pick up very similar books twice in a row – and to pick up more diverse, and therefore, different reads as well.
    There are definitely tropes that get a little tiring after a while, but I think once I identify them, I’m able to stay away from them and therefore, make wiser reading choices and not pick up so many books that tire me. For example, I know that I hate bad-boy/good-girl dynamic, so I try my best to stay away from these books, as I know I’m more likely to be setting myself up for disappointment.

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    1. Thanks so much. 🙂 Yeah I think that if you take your time with books you have the time to enjoy them more right, at least that’s how it seems to me. I just try and cram so much into the spare time I have it’s not surprising I get burnt out a little.
      Oh there are a few tropes I can’t stand, I’m not a massive fan of the bad-boy/good-girl one either, but yeah once you know what they are they’re easier to avoid.

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  5. I got bore with romance genre because as you’ve mentioned above same old and repeated story everywhere. So I chose to try out different genres and I still love some romance in the book but it should be portray other elements too. That’s a must for me.

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    1. Oh yeah I imagine there’s a big difference between YA fantasy and adult fantasy, they’re two incredibly different genres at the end of the day even though they’re both fantasy. Same, I guess the trick is working out which ones you know you’re going to enjoy and which ones you aren’t. 🙂


  6. What works best for me is to try and space out similar books so I don’t end up reading too many that are too similar back-to-back. I completely failed on that last year, and had a month where all I had from the library was YA fantasy books (Of Fire and Stars, The List, That Inevitable Victorian Thing, This Monstrous Thing, just to name a few). Even though the books were fairly different from each other, I still felt like I was basically reading the same kind of story over and over, and I got bored. I even feel like I might have enjoyed some of those books less than I would have otherwise, since it was inevitable to compare them or think “Ugh, not this trope again!” whereas when I read several similar books spread out through the year, I don’t usually feel that way.

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    1. Yeah I imagine if I’d read less dystopian books jammed together I wouldn’t have gotten tired of the genre as quickly as I did. Oh sometimes I guess you can get addicted to one genre can’t you? Kind of the opposite of what I was talking about in this post. It happens to me all the time! 😀
      It’s a shame you maybe didn’t enjoy some of those books as much as you maybe could have, I haven’t read any of them myself but I’ve heard good things about some of them, but I suppose know you know going forwards binge reading isn’t for you unless you want to get tired of that particular genre.


      1. Exactly! I’m the same way with series. I want to binge-read them because I don’t want to forget anything, but especially when it’s a longer series, I sometimes find myself getting really bored of the characters after a while. Even if I really like them, there’s still that sense of wanting something new.

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  7. Fantasy is also my favourite genre! I’ve been trying to make sure I mix it up – like trying to avoid reading more than one YA fantasy in a row and making sure there is an adult one in there because while they may still have tropes, they are different ones to each other. But also mixing up the genres – which is hard when I just want to indulge in all the good fantasy books out there. To be fair, I’ve had the problem more with psychological thrillers lately than I have with fantasy, to the point I’m definitely needing a break! Great post!

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    1. Oh as much as I’d like to say I vary my genres as much as you do I do go through phases where all I’ll read is fantasy, or all I’ll read is YA contemporary. I mean it sounds like that works for you which is great, I imagine it’s very rare you get tired of the genre you’re reading, but I just switch whenever I feel the “tiredness” for a genre coming on and it’s worked well so far.
      I haven’t read many psychological thrillers, but if they’re becoming tired maybe give them a break for a while. I got tired of dystopian books so I did that and it wasn’t forever, just until I found a book to re-ignite my interest.
      Thanks so much. 🙂 ❤

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  8. Such a great post! This topic seriously needs to be discussed more because it is so true! I mean, even if you love a genre, after a while it gets repetitive and eventually, boring. I think reading less books might help but that is not a perfect solution! Personally, I think that it won’t get boring as long as more new authors keep coming up anf introducing new ideas. We’ll just be screwed if people stop writing!

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    1. Thanks so much. Yes I completely agree, this is a topic which came to mind after I felt like I was becoming a little tired of the fantasy genre, because it felt like I’d been reading the same story over and over again. I don’t read to repeat a formula I’ve read before and yeah at the end of the day reading less isn’t a perfect solutions. It’s like a temporary one until we can find something that will work better and longer-term.
      Ha, hopefully people will never stop writing. I’d never want to run out of new books to read that’s for sure! 😀

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  9. This is a fantastic post! I go through “phases” and sometimes they last for weeks, months or years. I went through the Vampire phase, the magic phase, romance, the hidden princess and so many others. For me, I try to mix them to avoid fatigue. But, sometimes you are just done with something and you find a new love. For me, it is not reading less, it is trying to consistently add variety to avoid the fatigue of repetition. Occasionally, a formula just stops working for us though and it is absolutely fine to put them aside.

    I LOVE this conversation.

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    1. Thanks so much, I completely get what you mean by “phases”. I had loads of them when I was younger; I’d follow the latest trends and use them to dictate what I read. That got old fast though so now I try and read what I want to, and yeah like you said add variety as much as I can if I feel I’m becoming tired of one genre. I haven’t gotten completely bored of fantasy yet (thank god) but the dystopian formula was one that stopped working for me a while ago. :/ Have there been any genres you’ve put asides for good?
      Thanks so much. 🙂


      1. Vampires. I can’t do anymore Vampire books. Wait, but then I loved those darn Vampire Academy books….

        I thought I was done with Dystopian future books but then I found the Red Rising series. In the end, I think I’ve finished with a genre or theme and then I find something and I swear I won’t enjoy it and the author puts that fresh new spin on it.

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      2. Ha, there’s always an exception though isn’t there? I mean I don’t mind it as much now but I’m still not a massive fan of the dystopian genre but every so often there are series I just love; like Red Rising for me too! 🙂
        There are always going to be new spins, the struggle is finding them amongst the same old.

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  10. Absolutely agree! I joined a sort of fantasy / sci-fi book club last year and love it by the way my absolute favourite genre. I find that it helps because even though the same tired old tropes are there and you find yourself rolling your eyes at it. I find it helpful to see it from others perspectives too, whether they noticed or had the same reaction as you. Or they perceived it in a way that complimented the story rather than the “Urgh this again” feeling. If that makes any sense 🙂

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    1. Ohh, I love the idea of a book club, it’s gotta be like buddy reads on a bigger level. yeah it’s why we read reviews isn’t it? So we can see other peoples opinions and maybe even get more out of the book we didn’t notice ourselves.
      Even bad books can be fun if we have people reading alongside us we can commiserate with! 😀


  11. Lovely post, Beth! I think all the solutions you presented would work. Fantasy is also my favorite genre, but I do get a little tired of it if I find myself reading it all the time and also when the format feels the same. That’s why I’ve been avoiding a lot of the royal fantasies that have been released recently. I like to diversify my reading, usually, to remedy this. Some sci-fi, mystery, and even a contemporary here and there keeps the reading experience fresh. Reading less is also great because sometimes you need to just simmer on a story for a while and let it seep in. And speaking from experience, buddy reads are great! I’ve been rereading the TMI and TID series with a friend for the past year and I swear that it adds so much more to be able to converse with someone on the events of the book! So, even though some genres can get a little tired, there are so many ways to work around it 😀

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    1. Thanks so much Azia, and yeah I’m hoping because the next time fantasy becomes a little tired I’m going to have to try all of these. 🙂 There are only so many times you can read the same stories over and over again with slightly different characters before you have to have a break from it all. :/ Sci-fi and contemporary are great genres, and I’d love to read more mystery books as well, and reading less would definitely help too. There’s a reason I’ve lowered my GR Reading Challenge goal this year after all. 🙂
      The main reason I started my blog was so I’d have people to talk to about what I’m reading so buddy reads should be perfect for me. I guess if something like this happens to often we’ll eventually find the perfect ways to combat it when our favourite genres become tired.

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      1. Wouldn’t it be great if we never got tired of any one thing? But we’re just not made to think like that I guess haha

        Sci-fi and mystery are my go-to’s if I want a break from fantasy. Though I wish there were more YA mysteries to choose from. And yeah, deciding to lower my goal last year really improved my reading experience. I think it will for you too! At least I hope it does 😀

        Buddy reads are a wonderful solution. If you’re ever interested in starting one, my door’s always open! And you’re perfectly right about that. Readers will always find a way to keep reading interesting 😉

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      2. Definitely, and yeah every so often we need a break even if it’s from something or some genre we love so much.
        For me it’s YA contemporary, but I do love sci-fi as well. I’m keeping my fingers crossed; 75 books is the lowest I’ve set my goal before so it’ll be interesting to say the least.
        I’ll definitely remember that. Thanks so much Azia. 🙂 ❤

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  12. Yes and yes and yes!!! It’s been almost four years since I burned out on the dystopian girl-saves-country-by-herself-and-overthrows-dictator-and-falls-in-love trope and I still cannot stomach any dystopian that has it. It’s been 4 years and still I feel so repulsed by the genre! I watched The Darkest Minds movie the other day and I just wanted it to end as soon as possible. I can’t even take it anymore in movie form!

    To prevent myself from being burned out like this, I have just stopped following the hype as much. I feel like Book Twitter and bloggers jump on the publishing bandwaggon too hard (I’m guilty of this too, obviously) and what the market puts out seems to be the same repetitive thing over and over again… As soon as they find a recipe for sales, they don’t stop using and abusing it for years… So far, it’s worked wonders for me!

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    1. Yeah The Hunger Games and the many many similar books released in it’s wake killed the genre for a good few years for me. Even now when it comes to the similar plot lines (like the one you said) I just want them to end as soon as possible. I did actually enjoy The Darkest Minds, haven’t seen the film yet but the books were decent.
      Oh I’m super guilty of that. The thing is I recognize I’m doing it but I can’t really stop; I get so swept away that I need to read these new releases as soon as I have them in my hands. See it’s interesting though because until you said it I never really made the connection between hype and favourite-genre-burn-out.

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  13. I like to think that because I read a bunch of different genres, this doesn’t happen anymore. It definitely did for me after The Hunger Games. L. L. McKinney’s freshman effort, A Blade So Black fell into a few tropes, but overall, it was a great read. I’m more likely to pick up a fantasy novel if it’s either afrofuturism or if it integrates elements of cultures I’m less familiar with (like Mirage by Somaiya Daud).

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    1. Yeah I feel like the best way to avoid getting tired with one particular genre is to read many. Personally though I just find it hard to step too far away from the YA fantasy books I love so much.
      Ohh, I’ve heard good things about Mirage, and it’s on my TBR list actually. Hopefully I’ll be able to get around to it soon. 🙂

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  14. My answer to getting tired of favorite genres is to diversify my reading. I read all sorts of genres from a wide range of authors, and now that I am making an effort to read more from authors from around the world, I am finding new favorites from places and genres I never expected.

    The endlessly repeated tropes and cliches are my biggest turnoff for current YA fantasy. Publishers and authors keep chasing trends until everyone is sick of it, then they move onto the next big thing until that wears out, too. I still read YA fantasy, but I am more likely to DNF them thanks to the cliches they too often employ.

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    1. I totally agree with Kim, I noticed that African authors often have a different kind of plots and that Hispanic books often have a different flow. I would suggest to pick up some books in your genre from different countries. They might surprise you!

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      1. I’ll definitely keep that in mind for when I next get a little tired of the YA fantasy genre. I mentioned to Kim that I loved her idea of reading from a variety of authors all over the world. I imagine it’s hard to get tired if you’re doing something like that. 🙂

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    2. It certainly sounds like you have a lot of variety in your reading already. I love your idea of reading more from authors around the world, I imagine it’d be hard to get tired if you’ve got so many different places and genres to explore in books.
      Yeah I definitely get that. It seems like whenever there’s a big trend so many books are published which follow the same formula. We saw it when Twilight was released and again when The Hunger Games was released. Sometimes you need something new.


  15. This is a good topic! For me, luckily, I enjoy many genres and haven’t really felt against the wall with having to move to something else. I do think it’s great to expand horizons and try new stuff though.

    Buddy reading is a great idea, imo. I’ve only done a few and that’s something I want to get back to this year.

    I would recommend The Bear and the Nightingale trilogy, but I see you’ve read the first. I didn’t love the second, but I’m starting the third now. Good luck and happy reading! ♥️

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    1. Thanks so much. Yeah that is lucky, if you have loads of favourite genres you can always skip around to another one if you find you’re getting tired or another. Or maybe you’ll never get tired given there’s so much variety in your reading.
      Well I hope you manage to get back into buddy reading soon. Yeah I loved the first and I read the second earlier this week, I’m aiming to start the third this week so hopefully we’ll both enjoy it. Thanks, happy reading to you too. 🙂 ❤

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