Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday a blog meme hosted by the good people over at The Broke and The Bookish. This week they ask us:
February 10: Top Ten Things I Like/Dislike When It Comes To Romances In Books (can do a full list or split it up in likes/dislikes or even things you want to see MORE of in romances in fiction)
I would classify many, if not most, of the books I read fall into the genre of romance. It is a genre that can be broken down into a bunch of different topics or styles and most of the ones I read tend to be paranormal. I will sneak a few contemporary titles in there occasionally, but haven’t really hit the hard-core traditional authors like Danielle Steele, Nicholas Sparks (Yes, your books are romance, stop denying it. You are just adding to the stigma against the genre), or Nora Roberts. As a proud reader of the genre, albeit a very narrow focus, I have decided to make my list ten reasons I love books about love.
Ten Reasons I love Romance
- They make me happy: Who doesn’t love that feeling of falling in love for the first time. When a relationship is new and exciting. When you read romance you get to experience that all the time and once you finish the book you can move on to the next one and start all over again, quite often without experiencing the heartbreak real relationships deliver.
- They are funny: Now this doesn’t always apply, but most of the ones I’ve read are quite funny.
- The bad guys get what’s coming to them: Real life is pretty crappy most of the time and way to unjust in my book. Corporations, politicians, criminals, bullies all get away with all sorts of things. Not always so in a romance. Most of the time those causing the trouble get just what they deserve.
- Impossible situations: The characters end up in outrageous situations and have to dig themselves out of them. Who doesn’t enjoy watching someone else’s train wreck for a while.
- Strong female leads: You might disagree, but most of the strong female leads I read are in books that have the worst reputation for this. Often you get a heroine that stands up for herself and doesn’t take squat from the super alpha male love interest. Again leading to some funny outrageous situations.
- Honorable male leads: So that Alpha male Neanderthal that I was talking about also knows how to respect a woman, how to cherish her, and honor her and their relationship. If he doesn’t, most likely he will by the end of the book. Who doesn’t want to fall for a guy like that, and in a romance book if he gets too alpha just close the page and put him in a time-out.
- Creative sex scenes: These can be a blushingly good time to read. Of course they are utterly unrealistic in real-life, but you are reading a work of fiction why not live out some wild fantasies. Who knows you might get some pointers on how to spice things up in your own life, your husband or boyfriend will be grateful.
- Escapism: Reading can be purely about escaping everyday life and often I find that romance books make a great place to escape to.
- Fast reads: These are not over-thinking books, these are fun rides that progress quickly and keep the page turning. Falling behind in a reading goal, try a romance or two. If they hook you, you might be surprised how fast you can read.
- Cheap: Most of the time these books are cheap, as in low $. Mostly because they are often published in paperback and are turned out quickly. Most of my favorite romance authors I can pick up their latest title for around $6 or less. Easy way to feed your addiction.
There you have it why I love romance books. How about you? Have you tried one? Who are your favorite authors? If you are one of those book snobs who thinks the genre beneath them I challenge you to try one or even several. If you still don’t like then, fine, but only then you have earned the right to look down your noses at the rest of us who do.