“Romance novels are a billion-dollar-a-year industry and make up 46 percent of all mass-market paperbacks sold in America; the publishing company Harlequin claims that half of its customers buys 30 of its novels every month; it also claims to sell more than four books per second,” he moans. “
Romance novels sell more books than any other literary genre it is also the only genre that is written mostly by women for women. The Romance genre is also the genre that gets the most unwarranted criticism. People take one novel or genre and then say, "all romances novels are like this..." which just is not true. There are over 8 different romance sub-genres and some publishers even have specific "series romances" they can often have strong plots and subplots and serious themes but are still often scorned as not real literature. Some women may not admit it because of the unfair criticism and stereotypes to avoid people who might judge them for reading that, "garbage" or assume they have unrealistic expectations about relationships which is just not true. Everyone knows relations are not always rainbows and butterfly plus any romance heroine or hero would definitely attest to that! I do read romance novels mostly Paranormal Romance sometimes Erotic Romance and on rare occasions Contemporary. As for if I want a relationship like a romance novel if by that you mean a relationship where I am seem as the equal to the man I love then yes I do. So I shall leave you with this quote. “Romances are, in fact, subversive literature: They encourage women to be dissatisfied with inequality, and to set higher expectations for themselves, and they show them ways to achieve those expectations, largely by taming men and, in a way, usurping their power. Romances are arguably the only art form of any kind that portrays women as equal partners with men.”—David Pollard
I really only enjoy reading real crime books, I like reading about serial killers, couples who kill etc. It's managed to fascinate me, make me sad and angry all at the same time.
I love to read and one of my friends at work always reads romance novels, she would loan me multiple books so I could read them but I just couldn't get into them, ever.
It was something about the style of writing that most of them had, it was very difficult for me to get into them.
I wouldn't have anything against reading a good one but i've never had that experience.
I think romance novels are just a fantasy for people, who wouldn't want to have a perfect, fairy tale romance? But most people are realistic enough to realize that doesn't happen in real relationships. It's probably just wishful thinking or a nice escape from reality.
It's the age demographic you're asking, I think. My mom and grandma read romance novels. I don't know any of my friends who do. Harlequin has even tried a new line of books trying to reach younger women, but I don't know how well it's doing.
Personally, I read a lot of nonfiction, mysteries and classics. I'd prefer to get off looking at pics of hot men on the internet, so I don't care if a guy watches porn, as long as it's not excessive, it's not super freaky and he doesn't ruin his dick by fapping so fast, furiously and frequently that a vagina feels too soft (it happens, dudes). Moderation is key to most things in life.