Saturday, March 9, 2013
You sexy thing you
The romance genre seems to be immune to the contractions hitting the publishing industry as a whole and I suspect it has a lot to do with e-readers and other mobile devices. These allow people to discreetly indulge in their guilty pleasures. I predict we'll continue to see the numbers of both male and female readership grow as time goes on for this very reason.
With electronic readers, people can quietly enjoy a book called Three Way Tie-up or Love Me Madly, Love me Deeply while they're waiting for an oil change or sitting on a plane. No one will be any the wiser, and bringing your own reading material certainly beats what you'll find in most waiting rooms.
I have a confession to make. I used to be a little embarrassed to admit that I read romance. I kept the fact that I actually wrote it under my hat even longer. Why? Simple. There are so many misconceptions floating around out there about what romance truly is. It gets even more understandable when you factor in the face. If you read romance, you probably know what I'm talking about; that expression of distaste, as if someone just farted in the elevator. That kind of reaction tends to make a person a little defensive. I've tried on numerous occasions to explain how varied romance is, how it covers everything from sci-fi, fantasy, historical, suspense, paranormal, and comedy. Has it helped? Not much. If they aren't picturing bodice- rippers they're sure I'm writing the next 50 Shades. I can talk until I'm blue in the face, but I probably won't convince them otherwise.
Will romance ever earn mainstream acceptance? That's the big question. I'd like to think so. In the meantime, I'm satisfied that e-readers are allowing us to reach more reserved readers who might have been hesitant to bring a romance up to their librarian or bookseller. With a click of a button, they can escape, into a world of adventure, love, and lust, and leave the blushes behind.