What does being a fan of both sci fi and horror say about you?

BigBadBob141

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That I have very good taste in literature !

As well as science fiction and horror plus a blending of the two I also enjoy crime/thrillers and well written fantasy both may also have a horror element but that is not essential, I do not read run of the mill every day straight literature which I usually find far too mundane and boring to waste my time on, westerns have never really attracted me apart from "Lonesome Dove" through I do enjoy reading about the true history of that period, so that basically covers all my fictional tastes, what this says about me as a person I have no idea, I am but a simple soul so I don't indulge in pop pyschology.
 
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P.J. Greystoke

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That I have very good taste in literature !

As well as science fiction and horror plus a blending of the two I also enjoy crime/thrillers and well written fantasy both may also have a horror element but that is not essential, I do not read run of the mill every day straight literature which I usually find far too mundane and boring to waste my time on, westerns have never really attracted me apart from "Lonesome Dove" through I do enjoy reading about the true history of that period, so that basically covers all my fictional tastes, what this says about me as a person I have no idea, I am but a simple soul so I don't indulge in pop pyschology.
I'm always interested in what makes people tick and what the love or hate of certain media says about you. Naturally curious i guess.
 

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I think both sci fi and horror (and fantasy of course), being escapist forms of literature, more often tend to complement each other than not. They are certainly not the only forms of escapist writing, but among the ones people tend to look to when they want to leave the mundane behind. Bored with your job? Read about heading out into deep space and contacting aliens. Broke up with your SO? Find yourself in a dark castle where strange sounds emanate from the walls and things just don't seem quite right. Sick of the state of the world today? Go on a quest to kill a dragon and rescue a wizard (or vice versa).

Sci fi, horror and fantasy all have, at some point, intersecting areas and if you had to encapsulate all three genres in one description it might be Fantastic Literature. I think generally people who read one of the three are often more open to the other two than people who are not into any of them. I know I crossed over from sf to fantasy and a lot later (around 1980 or so) into horror. I still don't read too much horror (though I do write it) hardly any sf but a little fantasy; I can enjoy all three though and I don't necessarily see any of the three as anything other than slightly different children of the same parent.
 

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I can't find it on youtube, but I once heard George RR Martin saying something like horror, sci-fi, and fantasy are just the clothing a story wears. And in my current re-read of A Song of Ice and Fire I notice that the first book opens with a horror story, blends in some fantasy, goes heavy into political intrigue, develops a murder mystery, etc....
 

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I can't find it on youtube, but I once heard George RR Martin saying something like horror, sci-fi, and fantasy are just the clothing a story wears. And in my current re-read of A Song of Ice and Fire I notice that the first book opens with a horror story, blends in some fantasy, goes heavy into political intrigue, develops a murder mystery, etc....
I love this
 

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Think, too, of LOTR. Shelob, the Nazgul, the creature in the pool at Moria (relying on memory here, so that may be wrong), and the trek through Mordor. Horror. It's not the main focus, but a flavoring in a larger work. The Harry Potter books play along these lines, too: stranger-in-a-strange-land, coming-of-age, detective (Hermione, in particular, with her research skills), moments of horror (Dementors), the fantasy of magic and hidden places, etc.
 
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