do you read romance?

When I ask someone if she reads romance & her reply is, “Well, I read Nicholas Sparks.”


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  1. Hollie says:

    hahahaha! Love it! :smiley32

  2. Donna A says:

    I try not to hold whatever folks read against them as long as they read. That being said NOT a big fan of Mr. Sparks.

    Hope all the folks in the path of the winter storm are safe, warm and dry.


    • Heidi says:

      I don’t care what people read, I just don’t like them thinking Nicholas Sparks is romance…because he’s not. Love stories, maybe, but not ROMANCE as the genre is best known. :smiley31

      We got *a lot* of snow yesterday, but I can’t figure out if more is coming or not. Maybe I should actually listen to a weather report. :smiley29

  3. Dee says:

    When I heard he was getting a divorce, I told a friend “She probably was his beta reader and was tired of crying all the time”. She choked on her drink. (I relate that with pride).

    Most of my friends are also readers, but there are a few people who joke about my love of “The love books”. I guess they are missing out because there is a lot of great romances out there besides the ones that make you cry or cringe.

    • Heidi says:

      LOL Good for you, Dee! :smiley4

      Ditto on your second paragraph. That’s what I’m talking about…there are “love stories” which may or may not have a HEA & then there’s “romance”—the kind I write & you guys read most often—& those *always* give you a HEA. :smiley34

  4. Kathleen O says:

    To each his or her own is what I say. I happen to like Nicholas Sparks books. I like to read all kinds of books. I have been reading romance for a lot of years. I don’t criticise people for what they read. I am just happy that they do read.

    Romance books have helped me through some pretty dark times in my life and kept me sane.

    • Heidi says:

      See what I said above, Kathleen—not saying you shouldn’t read Sparks or Steel or whoever, just that he does not write ROMANCE as we know it. The same as I love Laurell K. Hamilton’s books, but I would never categorize them as romance, despite the amount of sex & romantic issues they contain. :smiley13

      Unfortunately, not everyone truly understands the genres. I’ve always had people tell me they don’t read romance, just Nora Roberts. And I’m like, Um…that’s romance! :smiley22

  5. Mary Kirkland says:

    lol I’ve never read one of his books.

    • Heidi says:

      Me, either. I’ve read his writing & I’m not a fan, but I’ve never managed to get thru an entire book of his. Considering how they all end, I don’t really want to, either. Not my cuppa. :smiley29

  6. Karla says:

    You’re right Heidi. It’s the genre’s that are messing the people up. Nicholas Sparks is great love stories. Haven’t read a lot of his books, but some of his book movies are my favorites. I do read your books (which I hide from even my husband.. lol).

    One question. How do you distinguish from new adult compared to romance. I’ve read some books that have a lot of sex and are pretty dark. Fifty Shades, Crossfire series and my favorite by Pepper Winters, Monsters in the Dark series. I’ve also read some by Colleen Hoover, Amy Harman, Jasinda Wilder, Michelle Valentine, Mia Sheridan, etc. that don’t have as much “romance” but still have great story lines.

    I think the genre’s blur into each other and what I would call a Romance, some other people might not. Is there a way, a definition per say, that publicists use to classify each writing?

    • Heidi says:

      That’s a good question, Karla! I think with so many sub-genres out there & the blurring of the lines, as you said, it can be *very* hard to distinguish straight romance of the well-known variety from others that may or may not be romance-romance.

      Like with Urban Fantasy, New Adult may or may not be *romance*…same goes for Erotica. I mean, it can have all of those UF, NA, or E elements & still have a strong romance at its core with a lovely HEA at the end…or maybe it won’t. :smiley16

      Best way to tell, I think is how the books are advertised (i.e. Erotic Romance, New Adult Romance, etc.) or by the blurb on the back itself. If the blurb talks a lot about a h/h & romance, then it’s probably going to be a stronger romance than something that talks more about other issues.

      Does that make sense? :smiley7

  7. Brooke C says:

    There’s so much overlap between genres that people get confused. And I guess if they’ve never read a romance, they might not know what “romance” really is. Not to mention that they don’t know what they’re missing out on! :smiley29

    That being said, I’m AWFUL at trying to categorize anything – music, books, movies, tv shows, whatever – I can’t do it. The only exception to that is romance. I think I might have developed some sort of romance identifying mechanism after years of trying to find books to read :smiley6

  8. LeeAnn Pratt says:

    Well I for one, know two things.
    1. I have never read a Nicholas Sparks book.
    2. I am a total romance/love junky! I want HEA for everyone * throws confetti into the air!*
    ALL of my books on all of my Kindles (I now have 3…darn hubby keeps talking me into buying the “newest” one. 🙂 ), and on my book shelves are romantic and wonderful and..yes they do have some angst at some point but the fact is people..they are about love, people! and I for one am a HUGE fan of Romance!! :smiley4 :smiley34 :smiley23 :smiley15

    and..smiley’s..if you couldn’t tell…lol

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