Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Horror & romance in the same RA class?

I follow RA for All, a blog by a Readers' Advisory librarian and RA teacher at Dominican University, and was recently struck by a post on Genres of the Emotions.

Becky writes that she teaches Horror, Romance, Women's Lives, and Gentle Reads all in the same class because these genres are all about mood and people read them primarily because of the way the books make them feel (even though that feeling is very different among the genres). It's about the reasons people are attracted to these books...what they get out of the books and what motivates them to continue in a genre.

Her students write annotations at RA 763's Blog. Some of the books they read for this segment of the class include Joe Hill's Heart-Shaped Box, Christopher Moore's A Dirty Job, The Secret Life of Bees, and Meg Cabot's Size 12 Is Not Fat.

Now I must get over my fear of reading horror to see for myself--maybe I could try A Dirty Job. Also, I wonder if Thrillers could fall into this camp, too.


  1. Actually, Thrillers are more about the fast paced plots and are part of the Adrenaline Genres. These classifications are from Joyce Saricks' book RA Guide to Genre Fiction (ALA, 2009). We developed the class together and will co-tech in Spring 2010. Thanks for reading.

  2. @Becky Thanks! I'm on the holds list for an earlier edition of that book!