When I pick up a book, I want to be temporarily transported to another place and time. Most nights, one hour before bed, I read. For those sixty minutes I’m able to forget about the daily grind and immerse myself into another world. I look forward to this time. For me, reading has always been about escape. And that is what romance fiction is – an escape.
A lot of people think romance writing is crap. They call it fluff, trash, smut, a waste of time. I call it pure entertainment.
Here’s what I like about romance novels
- Watching how the relationship develops and the excitement that goes along with that process – the first kiss, the ups and downs, misunderstandings, will it all work out in the end??? (yes, we know it will, but it’s still entertaining to read about what the hero and heroine have to go through on their way to a happy ending)
- Quirky sidekick characters – great for a laugh and adds to the entertainment
- Setting – from small towns to glamorous locales
- Characters to root for – I want the heroine to win in the end!!!
- A guaranteed happy ending – I mean, that’s really what it’s all about, isn’t it?
What I don’t like
- Flat characters that have no chemistry. If you can’t relate to the characters, or worse, you just don’t like them, then who cares how it ends.
- Stale, overdone tropes – secret babies, marriage of convenience, the big misunderstanding, etc. There is nothing wrong with these themes. They just need to be written from a fresh perspective.
- Stories with too many characters and subplots. I hate it when I can’t remember who’s who in a book. It disrupts the flow if I have to stop and try to remember who a character is or what role they are playing in the story.
The bottom line is when I read I want to be entertained, and that’s what romance fiction does for me.
How do you feel about the romance genre? What do you like about it? What do you hate about it? Why do you read romance?