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  •  There's been a real shift in romance writing (4+ / 0-)

    that transitions from the rather creepy books of the 1970s to the 1990s. Current romances are quite different and I would also say have trended towards (a) adding in mystery and (b) less explicit.

    McCaffrey's Ring of Fear, which is a general fiction/romance novel from 1971, is worse than any of the Pern novels that way. (Nora Roberts' first novels are also from that time period, and are even worse than that. I'm sure she'd like to disown them forever.)

    Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

    by elfling on Tue Aug 23, 2011 at 09:01:46 AM PDT

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    •  True, and I've read a couple (1+ / 0-)
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      But I am not a romance reader and never will be, I'm afraid.  I've tried several books that were recommended to me here at DKos and wasn't interested in any of them enough to click buy after downloading the sample (and yes, that includes the one with the stroke victim hero that everyone said was THE romance they'd give to someone who didn't like romances.  I read several chapters and gave it a fair chance, but honestly?  I didn't give a lick about any of the characters).  It's just not a genre for me.

      As for why romance isn't the genre for me...I have NEVER been interested in the traditional female concerns of home, family, and children.  I didn't play house AT ALL when I was kid, never had baby dolls, and was reduced to tears when another girl in my kindergarten basically forced me to play dress up with her when I wanted to play with trucks and blocks.  I never fantasized about my wedding day, never dreamed about my kids, and had almost no dating life because books were more interesting.

      Given all this, the big surprise would have been if I had liked romance novels.  The part of the average woman's brain that fantasizes about marriage, children, and romance simply isn't part of my mental makeup.

      •  Lots of romance-type novels (1+ / 0-)
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        with strong, independent female leads in the 90's. But you have to pick your poison carefully, and who has the time to sift through a genre that on the whole you don't enjoy?

        I personally feel the same about mysteries... I can like individual ones, but as a class I don't enjoy them.

        Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

        by elfling on Tue Aug 23, 2011 at 10:51:05 AM PDT

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      •  I hear ya (2+ / 0-)
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        For the most part, I totally get where you're coming from. When I was a child, someone gave me a baby doll. I promptly pulled off the arms and legs to see what was inside. No more dolls for me, heh.

        Oddly enough, I like a strong romantic subplot in stories. Thinking back, part of the allure of the early Dragonrider's books was the romance, which as I recall, was largely absent child rearing. As I recall, in their society, craftspeople, dragonriders, et al, usually sent their children off to foster, thus freeing them to continue their duties. Since I have the mothering instincts of a sand flea, the idea has its appeal.

        This is why, what few romances I read are paranormal or fantasy. They're less likely to be about people who are aiming for a "traditional" definition of marriage and romance.  

        Shiny, let's be bad guys. -Jayne, Serenity

        by adobedragon on Tue Aug 23, 2011 at 11:19:08 AM PDT

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      •  you might try "A Knight in Shining Armor" by (1+ / 0-)
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        Jude Deveraux.

        It is NOT your average bodice-ripper. The "heroine" is nothing like a harlequin/stepford wife robot.

        It's a great read.

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        by Angie in WA State on Tue Aug 23, 2011 at 11:47:21 AM PDT

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        •  I've tried her work and wasn't all that impressed. (1+ / 0-)
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          Seriously.  It's not the strength of the heroines or the relationship with the hero.  It's the genre itself.  I just am not interested in something that's primarily a love story and never have been.  A love story in addition to a mystery or a quest or a war or a family saga, yes.  A love story at the center?  No.  

          This goes back to my childhood, when I played superheroes with my stuffed toys and literally threw the one baby doll I was ever given across the room.  If someone can be hard wired not to like romances, I'm probably it.

          Sorry :)

        •  And yes, I DID look at the first chapter of this (2+ / 0-)
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          It just didn't fire with me.  Sorry :(

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