Those of you who read genre fiction know that there are two general approaches for a writer interacting with the genre: hewing closely to the tropes and messing with them, doing the unexpected. Of course, in practice, most writers do some of both.
If you read genre fiction, I’d love your input on two questions. First, are you more likely to pick up a genre book or story if you can tell from the cover and description that it’s more true to the genre or less? Second, which kind of story are you more likely to interact with, to discuss, to recommend friends read or avoid, etc.?