August is Romance Awareness Month. I bet you didn’t know that. I didn’t know that. But luckily I have romance novels set as a key term in my Google News feed and ~ voilà ~ an article materialized to inform me of such.
I enjoyed reading what the various authors in the linked article had to say about the genre, about the joy of the happy ending, and especially how predictability is not a bug but a feature. Sarah MacLean noted that the genre is evolving to highlight not only the empowerment of women in general but also has given prominence to the “non-standard” heroine. Yes, we can have overweight women finding their soul mates now, along with older women, disabled women, women of color, on and on. Gone are the days when only “perfect” 19 year old white girls were allowed to find true love.
But romance novels are still scorned by many in a way that other genre novels are not. Sure, there are a lot of crappy romances out there. There are also a lot of crappy science fiction stories, crappy murder mysteries, etc. It does take some effort to find a good romance, since the market is flooded with them, but the same holds true for the other genres as well. This is why I like the library, book exchanges, and the Kindle Unlimited program.
SSC: I have been on a break from romance novels for most of this year, but I’m sure I’ll go back eventually. I always do.
SSC2: I may do NaNoWriMo in October (would end my count on 10/30 to be fair)!
[Written in 2017. While I’ve read plenty of romance novels since this post first appeared, I’m still over NaNo.]
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