Romance Awareness Month [repost]

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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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8 responses to “Romance Awareness Month [repost]

  1. I’m curious–are there romance novels where the primary male characters are NOT nobility/rich/powerful? I understand nobody would want to read a novel about MY life, for example. But I’m just asking.

    Is it fair to say “Sweet Thursday” is a Romance Novel, do you think?

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    • The old-timey romances generally feature a wealthy alpha male, either a titled noble if set in Europe, or some sort of captain of industry, if in the U.S. The contemporary ones don’t necessarily feature a wealthy hero ~ sometimes he’s a military guy, or a cop, or a vampire, or some kind of entrepreneur. But he might be a wealthy CEO. Or a shapeshifting tiger. You really can get whatever you want.


  2. I remember my mom reading them but claiming that she read them for the historical backgrounds they were set in. I’m sure that was for my dad’s benefit, since she could have just read history books.

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  3. Your post reminds me of Sturgeon’s Law: 90% of everything is crud.

    Theodore Sturgeon was a writer and critic who championed science fiction at a time when it wasn’t taken seriously as a literary genre. When people would say to him, “But this science fiction book is bad, and this one is bad, and this one…” he would say, “90% of everything is crud.”

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  4. OK. I will be aware of Romance novels during August, but it’s going to be a long month.
    Just kidding! Well, it’s true that I don’t read Romance novels.
    The other thing. I wanted to note how weird it is to read my own old comments. I have absolutely no recollection of writing them but, thankfully, I usually agree with myself. That’s a plus.

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    • Haha, isn’t it great?! OK, so that comment you made about fries really got to me and I’ve spent the last 24 hours obsessing over the glycemic index of all the foods. I think this is something worth trying…