This week’s Top Ten Tuesday Topic (brought to you by www.brokeandbookish.com) is Ten Reasons I Love X — could be a certain book, character, author, your indie bookstore, a fandom, a tv show, reading, a hobby, a genre. Honestly anything you want to gush about. So, I’m going to lay out exactly why I love to read sci-fi and horror.
Why I Love to Read Sci-Fi and Horror
Top 5 Reasons I Love Science Fiction
- Because it engages my brain. Science Fiction, like Fantasy, requires you to fully immerse yourself, to imagine a world unlike what you know, because it’s so different. Yeah, human beings still eat, sleep, and poop, but Mars… Europa.. Faster than Light… Spaceship Battles…Waking up hundreds of years after being cryogenically frozen…Aliens!
- Because for a brief moment I can believe that humanity might actually manage to get it’s crap together and achieve something bigger than all of us. The past has already happened, and our world at present sucks, but the future? The future still has possibilities. The human race hasn’t completely doomed itself yet.
- Because space is so fascinating, so alien, and so dangerous. From micro-meteorites punching a hole through your ship, to meeting creatures that just want to serve man for dinner, to surviving alone on a deserted planet.
- Because hard science fiction means extrapolating a future from our present technologies, a process that takes intelligence, hard-work, and dreaming. It’s just sexy.
- Because sometimes I need a little hope to give me a break from the horror. Not just the horror genre that I happily read, but also the inside of my head.
Top 5 Reasons I Love Horror
- Because, hey, look, that person’s having a worse time than I am. Sometimes the easiest way to forget your problems is to immerse yourself in someone else’s.
- Because hormones, rainbows, and H-E-As get boring. Seriously, it gets boring, especially when it’s so bloody unrealistic. Love triangles, insta-love, miracles and …just eugh.
- Because I like the adrenaline rush. Nothing like letting a book and your mind work together to scare you so bad you leave the lights on when you go to sleep, and sleep with the covers over your head.
- Because I giggle like a loon after the adrenaline rush wears off. – One minute I’m all wide-eyed, heavy-breathing, scared out of my wits… and the next I realize how stupid I’m being, and I laugh uproariously at myself. Then I pick up another scary book and repeat the process.
- Because horror isn’t exactly a beloved genre, and it deserves to be. So yes, I read more of it than I might normally read (though I definitely read for enjoyment), because I want to give the genre more exposure.