It Just Doesn't Do It For Me.
Those that like vampires.
Those that hate them.
And neither side is wrong. It just boils down to individual tastes in books and fantasy. Vampires are prevalent right now, and some folks make anything with fangs an 'auto-buy' and some avoid them like the plague. Me, I think I fall somewhere in the middle. Now post-apocalyptic urban fantasy? I'm there with bells on.
But here's my shameful confession about what I dislike:
Wizards REALLY just don't do it for me. There's something inherent that I dislike, and so I avoid books that I know involve wizards, even though I am well aware that I'm missing out on good writing. I've never read Harry Potter. Heck, I've never read Harry Dresden. Count me out on anything that involves magic wands or familiars. There's no reason behind this, simply personal taste. People give me weird looks when I mention this. How can you NOT LIKE HARRY POTTER? That's like saying that you don't like apple pie or I-pods.
But I just don't care for wizard stories.
Now, that's not saying that I won't read a book about wizards or warlocks or witches or whatever. I've got Anya Bast's WITCH FIRE in my Amazon shopping cart, and I'm eyeing Yasmine Galenorn's trilogy with interest. But it takes a lot for me to overcome my natural apathy for wizard-kind.
So here's a question for everyone out there. Tastes are different, and whether it be vampires or werewolves or demons (or even the dreaded wizards)...
What's the fantasy element that makes you steer away from what might otherwise be an excellent book?