There has been a lot said in the media about the book “Fifty Shades of Gray.” I haven’t read the book and I’m not planning on commenting on it. What I would like to comment on is the romance genre in general.
Romance – in books termed Romance – has always been bashed by the media. I’ve never understood it. Ever. Audiences can flock to romantic movies, read Shakespeare and Jane Austen and a countless number of other authors and books can be written about dating and love and how to spice up a marriage and as long as they are all labeled something else (romantic comedy, classic literature or self-help) then it is okay to talk about.
If it is a Romance then it is something to be giggled over, snickered at and never admitted to actually reading. They are bodice rippers, something women only read, the language is flowery and ludicrous and, gasp, there may even be a sex scene or two. Or maybe the entire book is just about sex.
And yet, Romance books hit the best-seller lists all the time. Romance authors can actually make a living off of their craft. Readers like Romance.
The Romance genre encompasses a wide variety of sub-categories from sweet to erotica and everything in between. An Inspirational book will have more emphasis on religion than the intimate relationship and a book like Fifty Shades of Grey will have more emphasis on the intimate relationship. But they will both be about the romantic relationship between the two main characters.
Romance is about love. It has a happy ending.
Dreadful, isn’t it?
I read just about every category of book out there except war. Romance is my all time favorite. I love the characters in the books – the ordinary ones, the kick-butt ones, the ones that make me laugh. I love the plot twists – the crazy ones, the end of the world ones, the every day life ones. I love the different writing styles – the humorous, the sad, the ones that make my eyes pop wide.
Huh, that sort of sounds like almost any genre. Oh no, wait. All of these books are going to have a happy ending too. What a shame.
I love Romance. In my books and in my life. It’s a lovely thing.
What about you?