Fifty Shades of Love

02 May

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?


Posted by on May 2, 2012 in Idaho


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10 responses to “Fifty Shades of Love

  1. ramblingsfromtheleft

    May 2, 2012 at 6:07 AM

    Meredith, did you also know that for the last four fiscal years (those since our economic crisis in 2008) that HQ and all of its imprints have outsold and outperformed ALL of the other publishers, world-wide, combined?? Yes indeed, when we need a loving touch, a hand to hold and a good HEA story to comfort and make all our boogey-men go away, we can always trust Romance fiction.

    And they lived happily ever after … or as a man once said … they are so hurt by their negative image that they cry all the way to the bank 🙂

    • Meredith Allen Conner

      May 2, 2012 at 8:12 AM

      The figures I read have romance sales in the billions compared to millions in other genres. And I love the crying all the way to the bank!

  2. Janis McCurry

    May 2, 2012 at 7:17 AM

    What do we have if we don’t have love? ‘Nuff said.

  3. Meredith Allen Conner

    May 2, 2012 at 8:12 AM

    You said it Janis!

  4. Peggy Staggs

    May 2, 2012 at 8:55 AM

    Happy endings. I love happy endings because in real life we don’t always get one. But there is always the hope of one.

  5. Liz Fredericks

    May 2, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    I’m with Peggy on happy endings. It’s frustrating that romance as a genre is so readily dismissed. But then, remember, we are still dealing with dramatic gender inequity in terms of economic access and wages in addition to promotional patterns within organizations. I’m thinking as long as ‘romance’ is for women, then we will see the subtle sneer regarding its content.

  6. Lynn Mapp

    May 2, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    They are books written with women in mind. It’s sad we feel to need to justify enjoying HEA. Peggy’s right. In the real world things often don’t turn out the way we’d like. We enter this world, things go bad, but in the end, it turns around. That is a message of hope, one I appreciate.

  7. Meredith Allen Conner

    May 3, 2012 at 7:32 AM

    I agree wholeheartedly. Hope keeps us going.


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