Up Close and (un)Conventional – Why I read romance
Welcome to this week’s Up Close and (un)Conventional. This is where I discuss both things that have to do with reading and blogging, and things that just have to do with life in general. This week, I’m going to chat a bit about the reason why I read romance. I was totally inspired by Deborah @ Debbish.com’s post about why she doesn’t read romantic fiction.
Sometimes, I think there are ways we may be swayed a little by what we read, and at the same time, it’s the escapism that always gets me. One of the main reasons why I read romance, even being happily (not all the time!!) married myself, is to feel those feelings of newness. At the beginning of a relationship, it’s like all our senses are heigthened, and that’s partly what I search out in romance novels.
I’m sure you know what I’m talking about… The awareness, the butterflies in your tummy, the looks, the chemistry. All those things that make you think he (or she) might be just as interested in you as you are in them. And then, the first date, the first kiss, the first time you make love. It’s just all so very strong! And I love it when a character can make me feel those emotions all over again. And somehow make me fall in love with Mr. Lex all over again at the same time.
I think the other thing I appreciate in most of the more recent romance novels I have read is the friendships. I have read a lot of Jill Shalvis, Lori Foster, Kristen Ashley and Shannon Stacey among others, and friendship is important in their stories. So is suspense for some of them. And if there is some suspense to spice up the romance, I’m all for it. And the lure of a possible HEA (happily ever after) is not one I’m averse to, as I think that with work and dedication, it is possible to be happy more often than not. Even with our significant other.
And some authors even manage to make their romance be about much more than the beginning! I am thinking of Ilona Andrews and their Kate Daniels series for one. There is so much going on with that series, but I still think romance is an important aspect of the series anyway, and one I really enjoy. The fact that Kate and Curran have been together for more than one book and still seem exciting and hot to me is another thing I love about them – and the series.
What about you? Do you read romance? If yes, have you thought about why you do it? If not, is it because you find it too formulaic? Or just that you prefer gore to cuddles and sex in your reads?