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Describe a book premise that you wanted to read but can’t seem to find any one who has written it yet:
Umm… How about a gorgeous, headstrong female protag who’s a vampire slayer and stakes vampires for a living, but accidentally falls in love with one? Oh, been done? Okay, well, how about a woman who’s bitten by a werewolf and has to come to terms with her new life but falls in love with a werewolf along the way? What? Been done as well?! I’m gonna have to think on this some more it seems…
I can’t think of one, how come I got the difficult question?! Only kidding! Thanks Pat for inviting me to guest blog, it’s great to be here.
When It Comes To Romance Why Does Genre Matter?
If you read my blog you will know that I don’t often read romance. However, I have noticed that lately I am enjoying a bit of romance in my urban fantasy, or the odd paranormal romance and, a more recent find, science fiction romance. It’s becoming a guilty pleasure.
I’m not sure why this surprises me so much as I have always loved romance in my movies - I’m a sucker for a good romcom - and I am a total romantic at heart. As a lover of the strong, totally kick-arse heroines, I think I had the misconception that all romance heroines were pathetic, submissive women that needed a man in their life to feel complete. After reading a few PNR books, the most recent being Wicked Enchantment by Anya Bast (which was great by the way), I realise now that this isn’t always the case. But I did notice one thing.
Why is it, to enjoy a bit of lovin’ my characters have to be ‘not of this world’? That’s to say a vampire, werewolf or some other creature or entity. Maybe I’m trying to escape from the ‘normal’ aspects of life? I did read a book a few weeks ago for Mandi at Smexy Books called Can’t Stand the Heat, by Louisa Edwards, which is a contemporary romance, and I found myself enjoying it, I must have as I gave it 8/10, but I know I won’t go out and buy more books like that and if I wasn’t asked to review it I wouldn’t have seeked it out in the bookshop.
I do, however, when the fancy takes me, actively seek out paranormal romance, and when I’m in the bookshop looking for my normal fare of horror and urban fantasy, I always find myself in the PNR section and end up with at least one book in the basket.
I have noticed that this way of thinking is not just me. I’ve had conversations with other book lovers who turn there noses up at PNR and will only read contemporary romance. But it’s basically the same thing isn’t it? A man and a woman getting it on and falling in love.
So, why do we enjoy romance in one genre but not another?
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