Well, I'll jump in on the booklikes "Why I love" round:
Once upon a time, a child's moving neighbor asked if they wanted any books before donated elsewhere. Duh. I was an avid reader of whatever variety of stuff found in school library, borrowed from friends and sporadic yard sales. These boxes included authors like Lester Del Rey, Andre Norton, Robert A. Heinlein, Alan Dean Foster, Mercedes Lackey, Andrew J. Offutt, John Wyndham, Ron Goulart, J.R.R. Tolkien, Anne McCaffrey ... devoured, never looked back and have been hooked ever since by these greats of SF/Fantasy.
If it can start with "what if," "In a faraway," or "Once Upon a Time," count me in!
Oh, the possibilities. The potential worldbuilding. The "what if ..." The potential "other," diversity or alien-ness for characters. Societies and sociological switch-ups. The exploration of furthest reaches of space, science and imagination. The huge tapestry in which an author can create. Escapism for me, please, but with a logic inherent to whatever the author has imagined. Take me along for the ride and for a brief moment let me live in the world you made with your stories and your characters instead of mine,
Yes, those few unwanted boxes launched nearly 50 years of book love. No genre beats the scope and elements of an excellent SF/Fantasy book.
Squee! I'm a dancing fan poodle unable to write a good post about it.
(If you missed the blog post from booklikes, that was at http://blog.booklikes.com/post/1539266/let-s-share-book-love )