Hello, my name is Amelia and I read romance novels.
When I say I read romance novels, I actually mean I DEVOUR romance novels. By devour, I mean 90%...maybe 98% of the books I currently read are from the romance genre. And I don’t discriminate about the type of romance novels I read – paranormal, historical, Young Adult and even…GASP…erotica. All are fair reading game for me.
Yes, I’m proud to declare that I
read inhale romance novels.
Which is important for me to share here because I’ve been told (numerous times and often in a sarcastic manner) that smart women do not read romance novels. Yes, I can hear you shrieking WHAT??? I did too. In fact, I’ve also been told (more like instructed actually) to hide – burn would be ideal - all my romance novels if I ever wanted to be taken seriously as a writer.
This is a typical conversation about my reading preference of which I’ve had far too many of:
Literary `Friend’: So, what are you reading now?
Me: Ummm…Julie James, Sylvia Day?
Literary `Friend’: Oh? Haven’t heard of them. Are they new authors? What do they write?
Me: Nope, they’re not new. Err…they write romance.
Literary `Friend’: Oh, you still read romance? Don’t you think it’s time you started reading more serious genres?
Me: Romance is a serious genre!
Literary `Friend’: Romance is just fluff. If you want to be a writer, you should read more cerebral-type books.
And normally, that’s when I change the subject, walk away or when pushed to the extreme, take my glass of water and fling it towards the other person. Actually, I haven’t done the last but have often wished I did, just to see how far I could fling water.
I read romance novels because for me, romance novels are stories of hope.
They tell tales of the possibility of meeting your soul mate while doing something as ordinary as jogging in the park or getting cheese at the grocery store.
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In romance novels, you could be the tea lady serving drinks to the CEO of a multinational company and he’s your soul mate. Or you could be a kindergarten teacher and its love at first sight as you meet the widowed father of your favourite student at the annual picnic.
So much hope, in such ordinary situations all within 250 pages.
It’s so easy to be cynical about romance these days especially when we read about increasing divorce rates or the musical chair love lives of celebrities. Sometimes, I wonder, is romance even practical, in this day and age. And strangely, that thought saddens me because I refuse to accept that romance is only for the naïve.
Reading romance novels saved me from being jaded and cynical about love. In fact, it’s reading romance novels that made me brave enough to walk up to a guy at the coffee shop and introduce myself because in the back of my mind, I thought, this could be how my romance begins. So, reading romance novels encouraged me to be brave.
So, to recap, my name is Amelia, I’m a smart woman and I love reading romance novels. And yes, even the ones with the half-naked dude on the cover.
AJ is a bookaholic, semi-insomniac, unsuccessful recovering java-holic and most importantly, an aspiring writer. Her first writing piece was a poem about stars which she wrote when she was eight years old. She's been in and out of writing since then, trying to fit it in between work and travels. She's recently decided to give writing her all and in the new year will be re-structuring her life around her first love - words.