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Genre Kryptonite: Adding X-Men to Anything

Genre Kryptonite X-Men

I try to be a savvy reader who isn’t tricked into picking up books based simply on marketing copy. Sorry, book PR people, but I don’t let your schemes work on me… except when the blurbs or cover copy describe a book as “X-Men plus…” just about anything. I will pick up a book where normal people have some sort of mutant power almost without question, and I will likely love it unreservedly.

I wrote about a few of my favorite X-Men spiked titles over at Book Riot — I hope you’ll check it out!

P.S. And for those who are curious, I’m working on a recap of our Portland adventures to go up sometime next week. It was such a stellar trip, and I’m already working on the list of sites we didn’t get to visit on this vacation.

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  • iliana August 11, 2016, 4:21 pm

    Ha, I love this. There are definitely some things I fall for, historical settings, protagonists who are bookstore owners, etc.

    Looking forward to reading about your Portland adventures!

    • Kim August 13, 2016, 12:34 pm

      Oh yes, bookstore owners. I love that too.

  • Jenny @ Reading the End August 11, 2016, 9:19 pm

    Hahahaha, excellent. I fall for this one every time too! I hadn’t thought of The Rook as being X-Men-spiked, but now that you’ve said it, of course it absolutely is!

    • Kim August 13, 2016, 12:36 pm

      I think I use X-Men as shorthand for “average people with superpowers” — not superheroes, which is somehow different in my head. So, that’s why I think of The Rook as fitting in 🙂

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