Bookish Matters

The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.

—Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Qualities of the Romance Genre That Keep Me Going Back for More

Some weeks ago I was brainstorming for my Sparkly Secret Project and I made a list of qualities that romance novels have that I appreciate. The romance genre gets a lot of guff from the general populus, but there are a number of things that make this genre worthwhile, and makes many women keep going back for more. Not all romance novels have these qualities. Just like any genre, there are a lot of bad romance novels out there, and even the best is a mix of bad and good. But there are still a lot of good romance novels. I'm thinking along the lines of Nora Roberts and Katie Fford.

Qualities and Themes of the Romance Genre That Keep Me Going Back for More (in a handy dandy chart!)

  • Strong friendships
  • Strong families
  • Unabashedly female
    • Appreciation of the feminine
    • Woman-centric world
    • Strong women
  • Sensuality and beauty
  • Love is possible and attainable
  • If you work hard you can get the life you want: career, family, health
  • Happy endings

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