You sound kind of nice and smart, independent and all... but it's always about getting your parents approval. It's the universal, age old problem. It's easy to tell you to forget them and concentrate on what you like, but I know that's really hard. It might be easier for you to get a few books in the grown up section and give them a serious try. No big deal if you can't get into them, that's not the point. The point is you're showing your folks you listen to their advice and make an effort. Bingo, they're happy, you're happy. Maybe you may even like one !! Good luck and keep reading. And for my own advice, try anything by Rin Chupeco....good stuff.