I started with romance novels, like 90% of people who read today. I started with Harlequin, Mills and Boon and Silhouette novels. They were like gold back then. I couldn’t get enough, it was a new one every day.
Considering how scarred those novels have made me, I would probably have been better without. On the other hand, they led me to the gems I read today.
What do I have a problem with romance novels? They usually involve a man – Rich, macho – and a woman– usually a damsel in distress. They meet, may or may not have a sexual encounter, fall in love, have a fight, makeup and live happily ever after.
Why are these novels so terrible? Why do most of us not like them? Could it be because they are so cliche? The typical narration of a rich/strong man and a damsel in distress is nauseating and doesn’t do so much for the strong, independent woman image I am now trying to project.
I don’t read those anymore but I do read romance novels still. Don’t judge me, I love love. I like the mushy feeling inside when I read about two people falling in love and coming together.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure there are great ones out there and I do know some good ones. I have read some supernatural novels that would give you feels from beginning all the way until the end.
Naima B. Robert’s She Wore Red Shoes is amazing.
I guess what I’m trying to say is most romance novels are shitty and I won’t read most of them because they make my intestines crawl, but you’ll definitely find some diamonds in the rough.
Just in case you’re now confused because I know I am, what I’m trying to say is:
- I hate most romance novels, like 99%.
- I can’t help reading them because romance writers are getting better and some still manage to surprise me.
Do you read romance novels? Do you know any great non-cliche romance novels? What’s the last one you read and when?