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Taking Down Misconceptions About the Romance Genre

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Hello fellow Bookworms, with Valentine’s Day right around the corner what better discussion could I give you than talking about the Romance Genre… As I’m sure many of you guys are aware, I’m a staunch defender of the Romance genre… and if you didn’t know this about me now you do… That’s exactly what I mean to do with this discussion post… Talk about some of the popular (though they shouldn’t be) misconceptions that People hold against Romance…

I know everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and if you don’t like romance that’s perfectly fine but I’m hoping that your reasoning is a little more valid than some of these:

No Plot and Lack of Substance

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You wouldn’t believe how many times I’ve heard this line of commentary when it comes to Romance… They are just silly and have no deep meaning behind them… Well, first what is wrong with reading something just for the fun of it? Sometimes we just want a couple of hours to unplugged ourselves and recharge. And a light, uncomplicated story works wonders in that regard…

Also, If you do think that a Romance book has no plot perhaps the problem isn’t the genre but that you haven’t found the right kind of book… There are mental health issues discussed, Social Disparity, self-awareness, Personal Growth… All very deep subjects that depending on the writer can be made more palatable but not less impactfull…

Predictable

Another popular comment and it amazes me that people can actually complain about this for two reasons… One, No matter the genre you read if you are an avid reader any book will become predictable at its core at some point… It’s a fact…

Second, With books in general it’s not so much about the destination but the journey itself… I get that A and B will fall in love and have a happily ever after but how do they get from point A to point B… What things do they need to overcome? That’s what makes it enjoyable and not so predictable…

All about the Sex

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Okay, my first reaction to this one is a little childish because I just want to say… “What’s wrong with That?” Sex is part of life, and it adds emotional turmoil to the stories in most cases… But I do understand that many people have trouble with Sex scenes and I’m not so biased as to say that some are a little cringy at times but I mentioned my earlier comment it’s not a genre thing it’s more about the reader not putting the effort to find the right fit for them… We have to kiss a lot of frogs to find the prince sort of speak…

There are all kinds of Romances out there some do have sex (some have a lot of it.) but some don’t have any or it’s so mild that you wouldn’t notice… and the stories are not less good for that… So maybe trying to find what works for you it’s better than shutting down a genre altogether…

As I mentioned before, I do understand we like what we like but what bugs me, and it always has it’s when we start becoming so narrow minded that we lump everything together just because of a few bad experiences — and don’t even get me started on the haters that don’t even read… They need to virtually Burn —

Hope you enjoyed my valentine’s day rant/discussion and let me know in the comments if you agree or disagree with me.. I’m always open to a healthy banter of opinions..

As Always

Happy reading

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4 thoughts on “Taking Down Misconceptions About the Romance Genre

  1. Interesting post! I definitely agree with you though! The romance genre is so wide and varied, that I can’t imagine someone could hate every single book. There is something for everyone, and I can respect if people just aren’t really into romance books, but that is not the same as hating them all. 🤷‍♀️

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