Hi dear friends!
Today I am back with a discussion topic very dear to my heart!
Do you think romance readers are subpar readers? And subsequently are romance writers subpar writers?
This topic was born after one of my company’s bosses asked me about my book blog and the genre that I read.
When I told him (because yes it was a him) that I read nearly exclusively romance, I saw a little sarcastic smile appearing on his face. When I added that I also really loved young adult books with romance I could clearly see the contempt and superiority.
He had labelled me under a vapid woman who reads silly books filled with unrealistic romantic ideas.
In other words: he did not take me seriously at all. I was a subpar reader and a subpar blogger.
After years of reading romance and telling people about it I should have become used to this kind of reaction.
Yet it hurts every time!
Why are we, us romance readers, considered so badly in the bookish world?
When you do some research depending of the year you can find that the genre that’s making the most money is romance/erotica in a tie with thriller/suspense. I know sex is selling but many romance books don’t have sex in the story or not explicit scenes!
Sex is not what makes a book romantic. It’s the FEELINGS, the emotions!
Are all these people who buy romance books just plain stupid?
Don’t they have a brain or didn’t they studied? Or have interesting and very demanding jobs?
And why do all these authors write such silly stories? Just to make money and sell quickly and poorly written litterature?
Well I don’t think so!
I have a master in economics, manages two teams and have a very demanding and complex job.
I am NOT a stupid girl!
Before criticizing, do you at least KNOW what romance is?
Because romance is not only books with half naked dudes or dukes on the cover with fair maiden being ravished!
Romance is a wide genre!
I did an Top XXL Romantic reads two weeks ago and you can go there to have a taste!
Romance goes to erotica to young adult. From science fiction to historical. From contemporary to fantasy. From very hot and explicit to deeply moving and poetic.
Some famous romances are:
Gone with the Wind from Margaret Mitchell
Pride and Prejudice from Jane Austen
Romeo and Juliet from William Shakespeare
Cyrano de Bergerac de Edmond Rostand
Anna Karénine from Leon Tolstoï
Do you think these books are really to be laughed at?
What I think is that these preconceived notions come from people, men and women alike, who are just plain bookish snobs! You don’t have to read or write a Pullitzer to be a reader or a writer!
It’s not easy to touch people in their sould and sweep them off their feet, embark them on your story and make them forget the world for a few hours! It’s not a walk in the park to write a story so romantic that your reader wants to swoon, cry, laugh forgetting the world around and forgetting that she wears mascara which is currently running on her cheeks!
This is a true gift!
To touch one’s soul and make the reader’s world a better world.
This is magic!
So I would conclude with this quote from Rae Carson:
Now let’s chat! What do you think about romance now? Did I change your opinion?
Thanks for reading!