I’ve been meaning for weeks to check this site out on a Thursday, and I finally remembered. Today the theme is (of course) romance. Specifically:
1. Love stories? Yes or No? and
2. If yes, “romances” as a genre? Or just, well, stories that have love stories? (Nobody's going to call “Pride & Prejudice” a “romance,” right?)
1. Yes - so long as they’re not that mushily sentimental . . . stuff. Nothing on earth is ever going to make me read The Bridges of Madison County, for instance.
2. Both! I know that romance as genre gets rubbished by the - well, by certain people; I used to be one of them. Then curiosity overcame snobbery and I discovered they’re the perfect antidote to my perpetual suspicion that I’m carrying enough cynicism for someone three times my age. Reading something guaranteed to have an ending not just happy but idealised, allows me to slip the rose-coloured glasses back on for a few hours and pretend I still believe in all that fairytale nonsense.
I do have standards (the snob reasserting herself!); there has to be a good story and I do prefer to have some mystery or history thrown in (or at the very least, something to make me laugh).
And as for Pride and Prejudice . . . some might not classify Jane Austen as romance, but there’s at least one librarian who’d disagree. The first time I read Austen’s Emma was when I checked it out from the Belconnen Library in Canberra - complete with a red heart sticker on the spine.