sub genres: spy/espionage, thriller, survival, military and naval, superhero (<– my own addition)
definition: “a story that involves a protagonist who faces adversity and grave danger and actively struggles to overcome them”
from Genreflecting: a guide to popular reading interests by Diana Tixier Herald
There’s just something about adventures – I love them! I think it has to do with Good versus Evil. Spoiler alert: I always root for the good guys, and I just love it when they triumph over the bad guys. And if there’s martial arts involved? All the better 🙂
I am absolutely an idealist so I love stories involving Heroes and Villains and Trusty Sidekicks and Happy Endings. I don’t remember really reading fairy tales when I was younger (although I did watch every Disney movie); but as I got older I began reading adventure series, and I fell in love. (Lord of the Rings, anyone?)
A majority of the adventure stories I read are also fantasies. (I guess it’s because I like Heroes and Villains and Trusty Sidekicks and Magic? ;P) For me, these fantasy adventures offer a story that’s so far removed from my own day-to-day life I never get bored reading them. There’s always something to catch my interest and keep me reading from cover to cover.
My hands-down, absolute favorite fantasy adventure series right now is The Last Apprentice by Joseph Delaney. Swoon! I won’t go into excruciating detail, but I will say that Delaney writes a very compelling series. Of course every book in the series ends in a cliffhanger! (is that a prerequisite when it comes to adventures?) I’m always left anticipating the next book. I have to know what happens to Tom and Alice!
On the other side of my adventure reading, I have adventure mysteries slash espionage. The Red Blazer Girls series by Michael Beil is an excellent example. It’s a bit like an updated, hipper Nancy Drew (but with four girls instead of three). I can’t wait for the new book!
A more extreme (in a good way!) example would be The Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter and The Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz. Spys! Evil politicians! Gadgets! Secret identities! Yes, The Gallagher Girls and Alex Rider have them all. If I can live my secret double life vicariously through Alex Rider, then by golly I’m going to do it. I’d love to have sweet moves like he does, but I wouldn’t really want to be targeted by assassins.
So tell me, do you read adventures? Why? Do you like the same adventure series that I like? Or do you have something to add to my list? I want to know!
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