Wednesday, May 29, 2013 13:00

Armchair BEA: Development & Fiction time.


Photo Credit: Nina of Nina Reads

The purpose of the conference is to foster "blogger development"--and clearly, that development can go in a variety of directions! Today, we're inviting you to talk about your approach. Have you branched out into your community? Do you partner with other bloggers? Have you gone "pro" or tried generating some income through your blog? If you're a long-term blogger, how has your online personality developed over the years?

Tell us about things you've done to expand your blogging horizons, and the things you'd like to do but haven't managed (or figured out) yet. Come back here to link up your post, and then go see what other participants have to say. Let's foster our development as bloggers and learn from each other!


I'm a very shy person in real life, but blogging has given me confidence to approach publishers and even a local bookstore here. If they decline my offer it no longer feels like a failure, but it's just prove for me that I was brave enough to approach them in the first place. I'm currently trying to live by the "at least I've tried" rule and it works most of the time. 

I think I'm starting to get more personal on my blog. When I first started I felt like I had to blog about books and nothing more. Now, I'm starting to realize that it's fun to share information about myself. I don't have to write posts about my life, but I can show things like my opinion through my "Fairytale news" discussion posts. And it's great that there are people out there who are genuinely interested in what I have to say. It always gives me a confidence boost when I see another comment showing up in my mailbox.

The only thing I like to expand is socializing on other platforms. I'm currently trying to figure out Twitter, since that seems to be a big deal in the blogging world. It still feels strange to just tweet random things or start a conversation with a blogger (or an author, even scarier!), but I hope to get familiar with it soon. 

Overall, I'm quite happy with the blogging development I've made so far in my 16 months of blogging.

Each day during Armchair BEA, we will be looking at a different genre. This will give like minded fans of each genre an opportunity to find each other and discuss their favorite books. Today we’ll look at fiction. 

Fiction is actually the only thing I read. The only non-fiction books I read are my study books and they are interesting, but not something I'd pick up on a daily base. I have a pretty broad taste when it comes to genres, but my favorites are Dystopian, Paranormal, Fantasy and fairytales & retellings. (All of them YA, fantasy also adult) I sometimes pick up a thriller, but I'm very easy to scare! I'm slowly staring to appreciate Sci-fi (thanks for Marissa Meyer's Cinder) and Steampunk, Historical Fiction (Tudors era), MG's, and Mythology are fun. Like I said: I love to read many things and I'm always willing to try new genres. I'm just one big book geek :D 

This also brings me to one of the most difficult things in reading: all the subgenres. 
There is not only Dystopian, we also have post-apocalypse. When you talk about Paranormal, there is paranormal romance - not to mention all the different creatures. And don't get me started on Fantasy: Urban, High, Dark, Heroic, Historical etc. Sometimes I'm completely lost, so I always like to talk about "Fantasy" and "Paranormal" instead of specifying. How do you feel about all these subgenres?

What I love about those genres:
Dystopian - destruction of the world, especially when it all started with a virus/plague/bacteria. Example: Dan Wells - Partials.

Paranormal - I just like to read about these creatures. Example: Julie Kagawa - The immortal rules.
Fantasy - hello! It's fantasy! This is such a broad genre and I've always wanted to have magic. Example: Leigh Bardugo - Shadow and bone.
Fairytales and retellings - happy endings! And I love unique twists on the original story. Example: Beauty and the beast -> Juliet Marillier - Heart's blood.

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Mel@thedailyprophecy

Mel is a microbiology technician who is obsessed with Disney, fairytale retellings and fantasy. If she's not reading or blogging, she's either busy with gaming, hanging out with family or watching a TV show. She loves summer and bright nail polish. One of her dreams is to travel the world. She has found her Prince Charming and they are together for 7+ years.

73 comments:

  1. I love all those genres too. I wish I could wave a hand and have all kinds of magical power!

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  2. We already knew that we had similar reading tastes but I like how you broke down the genres. I agree with almost all of them. Not sure that I'm really that fond of paranormal but I do read some.

    Twitter is a mystery to me. It makes me feel like I am in high school and want to sit at the "cool" table but don't have the guts to ask ;-)

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    1. I had a Twitter party yesterday, fun, fun, fun!

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  3. I've only recently read a few fairytale re-tellings but I have to admit I've enjoyed them quite a bit. I really didn't think I would like them but I did. I'm also a growing fan of things from the Paranormal genre.

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    1. I'm quite an expert on fairytales and retellings if I say so: if you need any recommendations, let me know :)!

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  4. Fantasy Fantasy Fantasy! I love it too. Anything with strange creatures and strange lands. I do like some Dystopia. I'm the same way when it comes to non-fiction but if you like writing the one book to read is Stephen King's On Writing. Not scary at all and you can't put it down!

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    1. That is interesting! Thanks for the recommendation :D

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  5. Thanks for stopping by my blog, I am a new follower of yours :)
    I'm really looking forward to reading your reviews as I'm just starting out in fantasy and need guidance!

    I'm pretty much in the same place as you when it comes to blogger development - trying to add more of my personal life to my blog and trying to figure out twitter!

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    1. Thanks for the follow! I haven't reviewed any fantasy so far, but you can find my reviews here if you are interested: http://thedailyprophecy.blogspot.nl/search/label/Fantasy.

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  6. So many subgenres! I have to admit, I'm a huge fairytale retelling fan too. A total sucker for 'em.

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  7. I love almost all genres there is to find when it comes to fiction! I love fairytale re-tellings, and I'm actually even enjoying the TV show Once Upon a Time quite a lot - especially because the female characters aren't as meek as their written counterparts can be sometimes.

    I'm a new Twitter follower :) I usually just butt in to conversations and that way I get to know people a little better.

    Thanks for stopping by my Armchair BEA post of the day earlier :)

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  8. I would definitely love to read more personal stuff about you. I find the more I know about the person behind the blog, the more I can relate to their book preferences and get a feel for their taste. Plus off topic posts can get very fun!

    CeCe @ Steaming Mug of Books

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  9. Ah! All those sub-genres are crazy but fun! I don't usually attempt to figure out a book's category in those, but sometimes it's fun to ponder it. I just know I love it all!

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    1. Most of the times, I just pick the one that feels like it's the best one.

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  10. Hi Melanie, I used to be shy, but blogging certainly helped me getting out of my comfort zone. Twitter is fun! Just follow as many book bloggers as you want (and publishers, authors) and see how they do it. Do what they do, and you're well on the way. Then, after a few weeks unfollow those that have nothing of (your) interest to say so you're left with a good quality twitter community. Follow me if you like: @Leeswammes

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  11. I was just like you. I had no idea how powerful Twitter was in this realm. I just used it to promote my posts, and then I saw how people like talk about random things on it. Weird! Now I barely even use my Facebook page because Twitter is way more interactive and personal.

    And let's not get started on subgenres...too many. Lol.

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    1. I had a lot of fun yesterday at the twitterparty :D!

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  12. Hello, fellow shy person! This BEA has convinced me I need to get on Twitter. I feel a bit of an idiot for being soooo very trepidatious about the idea of it. It's good to know that it's not only me!!! Let's conquer it together :0)

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  13. I have explored more genres since I began blogging, but my favorites tend to be mysteries, relationships dynamics, issues, and a lot of mysteries.

    Here's MY ARMCHAIR BEA POST


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  14. I will check out the Dan Wells book you have mentioned. I really enjoy dystopian for the same reasons as you do.

    And boy to I hear you on being shy. Even though I am a storyteller, lol. Nice to have found your blog...enjoy your week!

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    1. Ohh, you will like Partials! The only downside is: I didn't like part 2, Fragments. But I hope the last book is just as good as the first one :)

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  15. Good luck figuring out twitter it took me (@ManOfLaBook) a few months until I got the handle of "lists" and stopped being overwhelmed by the barrage of data.

    http://www.ManOfLaBook.com

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  16. Good luck with twitter- its still scares me a bit!

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  17. I'm a huge fan of dystopian books too - and fantasy is my jam! I'm slowly getting into fairy-tale rellings. Just recently read Cinder and Scarlet - and just wow!

    Tanya Patrice
    Girlxoxo.com

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  18. I'm a very shy person, as well. I'm not as shy as I was in high school and college, but all of a sudden my shyness will show it's ugly head.

    I like your motto of "At least I tried." I'm trying to do that, too.

    Thanks for sharing :)

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  19. Shadow and Bone is one of my favourite fantasy reads ever. It was such an awesome book! :D I love dystopia too, and post-apocalyptic books! If the world is ending, or someone is trying to end the world...I'm gonna read that book, haha! I love how you're living by "at least I tried"...I need to start doing that!

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  20. I'm very shy, too! I need to figure out how to not be as shy in blogging!

    I get kind of lost in sub-genres but I try not to care too much and just read what I think sounds interesting! I really love fairytale retellings! I'm going to follow your blog!

    Also, your blog is lovely!
    my armchair BEA post.

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  21. Oh, I love a good fairytale. Not a big dystopian fan, but I've only read a few. I'll have to check out some of your recommendations.

    My Genre @ Lindsey Gray

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  22. I totally get what you mean when it comes to Twitter. While I'm getting better at talking to other bloggers, I'm still terrified of tweeting authors :) I mean, they're only humans, too, but it's still like meeting a celebrity at a restaurant or something :) Once I actually considered tweeting an author because his tweet was so funny and then I thought: Gosh, what if he writes back??? :D I guess I'll have to get over that, too!

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    1. Haha, I know what you mean! Once, I wanted to tweet them my URL to a raving review and then I was too scared :') 'What if they read it and comment? :o' Haha. This will be my next step.

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  23. You should join twitter! It seems SUPER strange at first. But once you start tweeting, it becomes fun and somewhat of an unhealthy habit :) Give it a try! If you hate it, you can always delete the account. Yay YA!! I wrote about all my favorite types of YA today. I then realized that there is a whole day dedicated to it. Whoops. Now, I'll just have to talk about it some more, which I don't mind one bit.

    Have a great week and have fun with Armchair BEA!

    My genre fiction post

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    1. Really? Ohh, I didn't know that there will be a YA talk :p B

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  24. I agree that you should join Twitter! I joined a long time ago, didn't use it or see the point in it much... but book blogging has brought me back and I now LOVE it. :)

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  25. I keep hearing really good things about Shadow and Bone, and I think I'll have to give it a try!

    I had a personal Twitter right when Twitter started getting popular, but never used it. Then I made one for my blog and love it. It's a great way of following what different authors/publishers/bloggers are doing. :)

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  26. I forgot all about fairytale retellings! That's great also! A friend recommended Partials. I need to check it out! Great post. :)

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  27. The 'at least I've tried' policy is awesome. Blogging has made that kind of difference in my life too, and so far it seems to be a good policy to go by.

    I tend to focus on the age group and main genre for a book, or talk about the main two genres (in my opinion) or the ones I liked most. Some books are easy to place, but some have a wonderful mix of so many elements, right? I use Goodreads a lot when in doubt, see how most people labeled it to help me take a decision :D

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  28. Subgenres as SO confusing and it makes it SO hard to shelve anything! Haha

    I absolutely LOVE retellings - it always surprises me how someone can make a story I know brand new and surprising!

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    1. That's what I love about retellings as well!

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  29. I love post where bloggers ramble on and share information about themselves. I'm glad blogging gave you more confidence, it did the same to me. Twitter takes awhile to understand but it gets easier to communicative by it like you think.

    Fairytale retellings are the best! I like all of Alex Flinn's ones, especially Beastly.

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  30. I completely agree with you about twitter. I never used it until I started blogging and I'm a newbie blogger! All the tweets everywhere was so intimidating. Now I'm on it an inordinate amount of time, just sort of stalking all the tweets. haha.

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  31. I have not involved myself on Twitter yet, not in a real hurry to do so. I love all genres.

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  32. I am a huge fan of retellings too! I've recently decided they were my favorites!

    Blogger Development & Fiction

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  33. It's interesting to me how many of us book bloggers are shy IRL, but we become more confident when talking books. I love it!

    Like you, I was hesitant to share any actual personal information on my blog for a long time, preferring to keep it anonymous. I think I started sharing more about me and my life when I began to really interact more with other bloggers.

    I like using Twitter - it's been a really fun way to interact with other bloggers, publishers, and authors.

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    1. I think every blogger I've seen so far is shy in real life! So funny.

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  34. I'm also pretty shy and book blogging has helped me open up as well.

    Subgenres drive me nuts! I want everything to fit in a nice and neat category but a lot of books can fit in more than one category. It's maddening!

    I'm not a huge fantasy fan, but I love your other three favorites!

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  35. I'm right there with you! I love all types of genres. I'll usually always give a book a shot especially if its highly recommended. I love how you said blogging has given you a confidence and I feel the same way. If I ask for a book, at least I can say I tried and gave it my best shot.

    Jessica@Lovin' Los Libros

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  36. Great post. I agree with you that getting a little more personal on your blog both makes it more of a personal connection with your readers and gives you a break from the seriousness of book reviews. I really want to try the Cinder/Scarlet series. Hope you have a great ABEA Week! New follower here. Here's my Blogger development and favorite books by genre post if you'd like to stop by.

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    1. Cinder and Scarlet are great books! :D Thanks for the follow.

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  37. I'm shy in real life, but blogging has definitely helped that(and it's spilled over a little bit into real life, too). When I started using twitter with my blog I was SUPER intimidated & I still don't utilize it as much as I want to, but I'm slowly learning how to tweet @ people without feeling weird. Everyone's been super nice to me, if that helps!

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  38. I'm a very shy person too! so I completely get where you are coming from. ooh I love twitter! I've been using it for years (before I started blogging) and I think it is a great way to connect with authors.. I've actually made a couple of author friends through it!

    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

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  39. Wow, it seems as if most bloggers are actually shy! Haha, I'm ok, I just have to slowly warm up to people I guess. I haven't been blogging a whole lot the past month, but I like getting personal as well! I feel that it just brings me a lot closer to people who read my blog. :)

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    1. Yes, that is it. I'm very shy in the beginning, but once you get to know me.. I don't stop talking, haha.

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  40. Another shy person here. I think blogging has definitely helped me to become more at ease with interacting with others, though I'm still rather intimidated by striking up a conversation on Twitter.

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  41. You already know that I love fantasy, but fairytale retellings are amongst my FAVOURITES EVER as well!! I actually own Heart's Blood, I just haven't gotten around to actually reading it...
    And I totally get Twitter being scary at first, but everyone is so friendly and I'm sure you'll just fit right in :) Go you for approaching publishers and a local bookstore! I'm kinda shy myself and still haven't done this... I only request through NetGalley and Edelweiss, which has a zero scariness level :)

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  42. I love seeing how many others are shy, just like me! It makes me feel even more connected to the community. :)

    And I love all those genres you mentioned too! I think Graceling is one of my favorite fantasy books but I also still need to read Shadow & Bone. :)

    Thanks for stopping by my post!

    ~Sara @ Forever 17 Books

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    1. Every blogger I've seen so far is shy in real life. So funny.

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  43. I love the idea of "at least I've tried" -- it's something that I'm working on, because online I don't have a problem talking to people and putting myself out there. In real life?? Totally scared. However I am trying to put a book club together, and I'm hoping to finalize it all soon.

    Shadow & Bone was a book I liked, but I think I was a bit disappointed with it just because of how much hype there was. I'm looking forward to re-reading it with less expectations and seeing what I get out of it this time around.

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  44. I am shy as well, can totally relate!

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  45. I love your comment about just being brave enough to approach them as being a win. That's totally a place I need to get to. :)

    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

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