Why do I read romance novels?

It seems that lately when people hear I read romance novels, the question is usually “You mean like 50 Shades of Grey?” Um, no. Not like 50 Shades. There are so many different types of romance books and they are NOT all the same. I am not really interested in erotic romance.  I prefer less sex and more story.

If people haven’t looked down on my choice of books and stopped the conversation at that point, I then usually get the question, “So what types of romance books do you read then?” Well, I read books that include fast paced action, edge of your seat suspense and falling in love. Sometimes the people falling in love are stuck in the dessert in Iraq trying to capture a terrorist who has plans to attack the US. Some of those people just found out their loved one who they thought was dead is actually alive and needs their help in uncovering a CIA conspiracy. Some of those people that fall in love can shift into a werewolf or are witches and are just trying to fight evil. Are they all realistic?  No. Is that what I like about them?  Yes.

I am married, have kids and work a full time job outside of the home. I read romance to take me out of reality and allow me to live through the characters in my books. I have been married for over 13 years and I know that the relationships in romance books are not always reality.  But can some of it be reality? Sure. My husband and I have actually grown closer because of them. They have made me realize that I am married to my true hero and to not take him for granted.  In fact, I have gotten ideas on how to spice up my marriage from romance books and my husband has been very receptive! And no, I am still not talking about 50 Shades of Grey.

So, just like some of you scrapbook, bake, shop, or fish, etc as an escape from the real world, I read romance books. What do you do to get away from the real world? Do you read? If so, what types of books do you enjoy?

Merry Christmas to all and Happy New Year!


5 thoughts on “Why do I read romance novels?

  1. I read and write – and I’m addicted to HGTV. I have no idea what that last says about me. lol

    I tried to read 50 Shades of Grey, but I didn’t find it interesting. Shrug.

  2. I am not sure what HGTV has to do with romance, Edie. Now if you said you were addicted to the Lifetime or Hallmark channels I could understand. I am not sure why 50 Shades got so much press when there are so many other books like it that are better written (so I am told). Who knows. Why did Twilight become so popular? I was sucked into that whole phenomenon.

  3. Amy, you said ‘away from the real world,’ and the perfect homes on HGTV are nothing like my messy home – and often messy life. lol I read so many romances, and for me the Lifetime or Hallmark shows just aren’t as good as the books.

    Exactly true about 50 Shades. I guess lightning struck EL James, and more power to her. I hope it helps my friends who write in the genre.

  4. Oh, yes. I gotcha. I thought you were relating HGTV to your writing. When I watch HGTV it is usually a show to improve my home that I want my husband to take on as a project. Doesn’t usually happen though! I don’t watch much Lifetime or Hallmark unless there is a good movie on. Books are better and you can start and stop if you need to. 🙂

  5. Awesome post, Amy! And I so agree…on all your points. I love reading romance, but I too want there to be some type of suspense and/or mystery. I can’t say anything good or bad about 50SOG, but I refuse to read it. Why? Two reasons… I trust other reviewers like you who say it’s not worth my time. And as much as I like a man who takes control, I don’t like a controlling man. Despite what some readers have said about my characters. LOL! I love my husband because he is supportive and a strong role model, and I too believe we can learn how to add spice into our marriages or look for great characteristics in a husband-to-be. After all, most of the novels we read usually share the bad aspects of relationships too, the warning signs of an abusive man for instance.

    Thank you for sharing and your wonderful reviews.

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