“What book are you listening to?”
“It’s paranormal romance.”
“It’s a romance about ghosts?”
“Nope. Think vampires, werewolves, etc.”
“Oh, OK. When I hear paranormal it makes me think of ghosts. And vampires or werewolves make me think sci-fi.”
“Nope, sci-fi is a whole other genre.“
This conversation happened at work one day when I was telling my co-workers about the audio book I was listening to. My boss jokes with me about listening to 50 Shades of Grey. When in fact I’ve never read or listened to the series. But they know I listen to “naughty” books.
I told them that not all my books are romances or “naughty” books; I also listen to Urban Fantasy too. That was met with confused looks. Since I knew at least one of them watched Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I used Buffy as an example to explain what UF to them. I said it’s like Buffy, a kick ass chick taking out monsters and saving the world with a dash of romance (aka Angel/Spike).
How do you explain to non PNR/UF readers what you’re reading?