When “Women’s Fiction” isn’t really Women’s Fiction!
You may recall my last random thoughts post all about Women’s Fiction. If not, you can check it out here. Today’s post is going to be a follow up to that post—or perhaps maybe more of a rant.
As promised, I went ahead and tried out more books in the Women’s Fiction genre. However, I can’t say that I have had much luck so far. And I don’t necessarily want to say that the books I’ve read are total flops, but perhaps they just weren’t the right picks for what I was looking for.
Women’s Fiction is definitely not a new genre by any means but a lot of Romance authors are trying their hands at them. Kristan Higgins, Robyn Carr and others have really made this possible, but there are also authors like Jill Shalvis and Lori Foster who are known for their Romance books who are trying this genre as well. I was excited for this because as I mentioned, I want to read more Women’s Fiction and having familiar authors that I have read and loved already got me excited to jump in. However, I am quickly finding a theme here, especially when it comes to the Romance authors who are writing Women’s Fiction.
It’s not Women’s Fiction.
While the covers and the blurbs gear towards that market, when it comes down to the actual content and storyline of the book, it’s still basically Romance. This isn’t a terrible thing! I LOVE Romance. After all, I am a Romance blogger and author but when books are being marketed as Women’s Fiction, I kind of wish it actually was Women’s Fiction, you know what I mean?
It’s a bit of a disappointment in the end. The stories themselves aren’t bad but it would be nice to have less of a focus on the romance in the storyline and have it more about the heroine’s personal journey instead. I know some may argue that romance can be a large part of someone’s personal journey and I agree. But what makes Women’s Fiction different from the Romance genre is that it doesn’t always have to be that way.
Am I crazy to expect something different from my favorite Romance authors? I’m debating whether or not to forego those books by familiar authors completely and going for the authors who strictly write Women’s Fiction only. Maybe then I may finally find what I’m looking for, but I’m curious, what are your thoughts on Women’s Fiction? Is it a genre that can be seen as entirely different from Romance? Or do you think that they are too entwined to be seen as two different genres?
Also, if you have any Women’s Fiction (not Chick Lit!) recommendations, please list them in the comments below!
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