Judging Genres- giving a chance vs knowing

Well, tragedy and horror are two genres that are difficult into. Yes, there was a time when I didn’t give tragedies a chance. At the same time, I already know I will not like horror, but is that the same as not giving a genre a chance? In my opinion, there is a HUGE difference between not giving something a chance and already knowing you will not like a genre?

Tragedy

This will refer only to high school, as in before Les Mis entered my life. Back in high school, I had to read a lot of tragedies- it wasn’t just limited to Shakespeare. It also belonged to novels as well. Whenever I knew something was a tragedy, I “assumed” that story was pure sad. I didn’t realize I had misinterpreted the genre- the main part of the genre I wasn’t fully understanding was catharsis. At least I eventually learned my lesson.

What were some of the tragedies from high school- including summer reading? Of Mice and Men, The Giver, Lord of the Flies, The Great Gatsby, Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, The Crucible, Frankenstein, and Macbeth. Some of them I don’t want to give a 2nd chance- due to what I remember- some are either too sad or seem too scary or creepy.

Horror

Now, it may be true I have not watched or read horror, but I already know I will dislike the genre. But isn’t that the same as not giving a genre a chance? Well, there is actually a difference- it is possible to know you will not like a particular genre. For any genre, you have a limit (at any level- as in how scary or creepy, or too heartbreaking as in feeling pure sad or uncomfortable, etc……).

Based on some movies I already watched, I already know what my scary limit and creepy limit is. I dislike Hunger Games because I can’t stand the premise of the games. I dislike Peculiar Children because it is too creepy. My scary limit is found in series such as Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. Doesn’t horror take things a bit further? Based on previews, I already am freaked out by them- too paranormal, too creepy, and too scary. Not the same as judging a book by its cover. True, I may learned to like tragedies, but there are some tragedies that also belong in the horror category- those I will never give a chance.

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