The Taboo of Reading Romance


I love reading Romance.

There, I said it.

I am not particularly well versed about how reading romance is taken the world over, but I can talk about the place and the people I have had misfortune to interact with over the years. These include family, friends, and a huge score of acquaintances.

Back in school, when I first started reading romances, I loved the genre. I mean, why not? If you are not reading for the hot moments, you see and learn so much from a romance. There is so much that you can relate to in your real life.

As I stated above, I started reading romances back in school but I never placed the genre on the list of the ones I read or liked. Why? I give you a list!

  • Romance novels are frivolous
  • Reading romance is such a waste of time
  • You learn nothing while reading romance
  • Romance gives you unrealistic ideals and you are never happy
  • Romance makes you want things unreal
  • You are only reading it for the hotness level
  • The bodice ripper covers are the ones attracting you
  • Romance is nothing but soft porn
  • Reading romance does not even constitute reading

The people who read other genres look down at you when they come to know you read romances. I am ashamed to say that there was a time when I hid this about me. But today? I do not care what anyone thinks of me for reading romances. I read them, I love them, and I have no qualms about saying so. I know there is now reason for proofs, but here they are anyway. Displayed quite publicly. 👇

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After I have shared the list of how much disrepute is attached to the genre, let me add things I have learned while reading romances (I’ll link them to my reviews of the respective books on my book review blog).

So, lets start with one of my all time favourite romances.

Paradise

By Judith McNaught

  • This one talks about glass ceilings for women in the professional world and how difficult (read, not impossible) they are to break
  • It talks about how our genuine love and concern can actually be toxic for the ones we love (a perfect example for us desis)

 

Reunited With Her Parisian Surgeon

By Annie O’Neil

  • However aloof your family is, most of the time they truly do love you, even if it does not seem that way
  • If you love someone, just tell them
  • TAKE RISKS

 

A Fortune of Texas Christmas

By Helen Lacey

  •  Communication is integral to all relationships

 

Sarah and the Secret Sheikh

By Michelle Douglas

  • Turning a cynic is not the only way to react to bad things happening to you
  • There is no such thing as acting your age. You can show your happiness like a child and turn a blind eye to those who object
  • Never give up on your dreams and one day you will live them
  • No job is good or bad; you give your 100% and you earn respect

 

These are just a few examples as I went through my other blog in a chronological order.

But, now let me ask you is the society right in its assumption? Or like you read this amazing genre? If you do, don’t forget to share your favourites under my post.

Before anyone points out why I had to go to such trouble to defend a genre when I could have gone on reading and damn the world, I want to share my reasons for sharing my opinion.

  • I want others to learn all these things that our daily routine makes us forget
  • I want others to be proud of their reading habits
  • Reading romance shows you have a heart that is still filled with hope
  • Take pride in the fact that you believe in something powerful and something not available to all; LOVE

All the  best.

11 thoughts on “The Taboo of Reading Romance

  1. I love reading romance..
    Because eits easy to read, it keeps u engage, for a start up, if u just started to read and don’t know what to go for and have no interest u can always pick that up…
    It’s actually gives hope, it enhances ur mood, not just that u love the hot scene parts u can always skip reading that…

    Some of my favorite
    P.s I love u
    A walk to remember
    Notebook (over rated) but a good read especially when u have grand parents and u watch them being there for each other u know someone out there theses novels have some good
    Thanks for the memories
    And a lot more

  2. Loved loved loved this blog. Though I don’t read much in romance genre but when I do,it’s really a fresh air.. and yes if you look into true romance genre you would find some amazing stories. Actually I guess the reason of romance genre being so backlashed are *soms* books that actually aren’t romance but just consist of obscene content. True romance is all about emotions ❤

    • Exactly! Romance is a feeling good genre that gives you hope.
      As for the one you’re talking about, that’s erotica.
      The problem is, many do not know the difference between them.

  3. The delicate feelings associated with love & affection depicted in Romance genre are the true treasure . And for that i love this genre.
    Excellent defense btw . I came across similar sentences in my journey as an avid reader too.

    • I fell for you. And, I am sure, as a guy you have had to listen to way too much more because this is considered to be a women specific genre too.
      Kudos Shoaib for standing your ground.

  4. Shaming genres is the worst thing readers do. I get a lot of flack for being an adult who reads YA too. Romance has, and always will be, one of my favorite genres.

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