I’m not fat, ugly, unmarried or ‘needing to get laid’, but I read romance, usually of the hot and steamy variety. Someone actually identified these attributes to me as characteristics of women who read ‘that stuff’. Can you believe it? Yes it was a ‘he’, but there are also many women who think romance is trashy fiction unworthy of them.
I tend to think they’re thinking about the ‘bodice ripper’ type stories of the past, and although there are still books in that vein today, the romance genre has expanded in leaps and bounds out into many other sub-genres. It has also broached across into other areas of popular fiction.
Sometimes it’s hard to classify a book as a romance novel because it may also have strong elements of intrigue, suspense, historical perspective, paranormal or fantasy. I figure people read romance for a variety of reasons, probably very personal and very individual. Me? I started reading it because it provided a relief from my crazy work schedule, even crazier family situation and just allowed me to…escape, even if it was just for ten minutes at a time.
I read more to the hot side of things because I think those intimate moments provide a valuable window into characters and there’s such an opportunity to grow them in these types of scenes. The book would kind of feel incomplete to me otherwise. And really, I read romance because let’s face it, life has a lot of harsh realities, challenges and issues that we face everyday. It’s nice to escape into a ‘feel good’ book where good triumphs over evil and love wins the day.
So, why do YOU read romance?