WHY I LOVE ROMANCE
I’ve been a reader for most of my life. While I know a lot of romance readers come to it because they had family members (moms, grandmothers, etc) that loved the genre and would leave the books laying around for them to pick up, that wasn’t the case with me. Both of my parents were readers, so the desire to pick up a book was always something that I saw growing up. However, no romance books in sight. I remember reading things like mysteries and thrillers and the occasional non-fiction book with my father (I vividly remember how I devoured IN GOD’S NAME by David Yallop before it went out of print in less than a day and then we were both able to discuss it). But romance was never something that I even considered seeking. Really, I stumbled across it and took some time for me to come around and be an avid reader of romance.
Recently, the question has popped up repeatedly across the internet and I thought it would be fun if we all talked about how we started reading romance and why we love it. So please share with me in the comments!
Even if diving into romance was a gradual process for me and I really came to it through my love of everything paranormal, I’ve stayed and I love it for several reasons. Maybe not the same as some of you.
I feel like the most common phrase amongst romance readers could be: ‘As long as there’s an HEA, I’ll read anything’. Or ‘I read for the escape’. I may be the odd one out, but having an HEA doesn’t make it good enough for me. And my choice of escape doesn’t mean it has to be a perfect and happy fairytale. Yes, I love being transported to worlds (and characters) created by the author so that’s an escape in some way. But I don’t expect it to take me exclusively to a happy place. I’m ok with tragedy, raw emotions, sadness, difficult subjects. I am ok with real life reflecting in my romances instead of only the rose colored versions. And here’s why.
I read romance because it’s the one genre that goes a little deeper into incorporating human emotions along with a great story. Like the perfect combination of everything that makes up real life. And that real life doesn’t have to be beautiful. Sometimes, it just sucks. And I personally love seeing stories that explore all parts of life. The pretty and happy, as well as the horrible and sad. I want to experience other people’s lives but not just to escape mine into a happy reality. I want authors to make me experience someone else’s feelings. What would it be like if I was in that situation? And romance is a great genre to do that. That’s why I love it, and why I’ll probably always continue reading it.
Maybe not the most popular opinion in my reason to read romance. Of course, that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy a fluffy feel good romance that doesn’t have to be too serious or too deep. Sometimes I need exactly that or I can be in the mood for it. But even then, I try to pick up authors that can tell that story in a great way.
I guess you can say I don’t want surface level romance. That’s not what I read it for. And it’s certainly not for the sexy times, as I find myself reading less and less of the heavily sexualized stuff. Nowadays, I feel there are less authors that can deliver a deep AND erotic read. But that’s a topic for another day.
So, why do you read/love romance?
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