Honestly, I could spout out a list of one-hundred reasons why I read (and write) romance novels, but really, every one of those reasons will eventually boil down to one of these four:
ONE: Falling In Love!
Whether I pick up a contemporary, suspense, paranormal, funny, serious, sweet, sexy, or so-hot-my-fingers-steam romance novel, it’s all about the love. Falling in love is such an incredible experience, isn’t it? From that initial moment of attraction, through all the ins and outs of dating, to actually falling in love with another person, there is nothing quite like it. When I read a romance novel, I get to fall in love all over again, every time I begin a new story.
TWO: The Best Escape!
Within the world of romance novels, there is nothing I can’t do while falling in love. I can chase down bad guys, cast magical spells, date a vampire (or a werewolf, ghost, pirate, etc), travel back in time, experience life in and/or on another world. I can do anything, be anywhere, experience everything…anything…I want to, and all the while fall in love all over again. Therefore, in my humble opinion, romance novels make for the best escape from our everyday lives. So when a day is especially tough for whatever reason, I can curl up on my couch with a romance novel and fall away into another life, another love, another world.
THREE: The Emotional Journey!
The emotional journey for me is about much more than falling in love. It’s everything that happens on the journey to love. Whether I laugh, cry, or both, the journey itself is all about the emotions. Sure, maybe the hero and heroine are fighting for their lives, and I’m definitely interested in how they’ll beat the bad guys, but the real pull for me exists in the emotions the author puts on the page. The best books are those I can completely lose myself in, and for the most part, all of those books have been romance novels. Perhaps this is because romance novels are about falling in love, so the authors are already attuned to writing about emotion. Regardless, one of the reasons I read is because I want to feel something, and romance books tend to deliver on this, time after time.
FOUR: The Characters!
Finally, I read romance for the characters. Who they are, what they want, how they’re going to get it…and somehow, at the end, find each other and fall in love. I’m so much more a character reader than a plot reader. What do I mean by this? If the characters are real to me, if I can see them in my head as I’m reading, if I care about what they’re going through, then I’m not as concerned if the plot falls a little flat here and there. On the other hand, give me a dynamic plot with flat characters, and that’s a book I won’t finish. So yep, for me, so much of what I need in a book is about the characters, and again, over the years and many, many books being read, I have far more romance novels on my keeper shelf than any other genre.
So, there you have it: my top four reasons for reading romance. What about you? Why do you read romance? I’d love to hear! Besides which, if you comment, you’ll be entered to win a signed copy of my debut novel, A TASTE OF MAGIC. I’ll choose a winner at random and announce who won within the comments on Wednesday, August 19th, so be sure to check back!