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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

A Woman's Secret World.


This weekend I was visiting Tina Donahue’s wonderful blog: http://www.TinaDonahue.com/
Tina asked the question many of us ask all the time— why is it so hard for Romance authors to get a little respect?

This is the answer I posted on Tina’s blog:

“I always want to ask the nay-sayers of romantic fiction—If ‘romance’ is so cheesy, easy and unimportant, then why do so many romance novels get dog-eared at the best parts, treasured, hidden in night stands for years on end and stolen from libraries? Romance novels are part of a woman's secret world and that's what is viewed as unimportant—how sad.”
XXOO Kat
This is what I want to talk about just a little bit more—A woman’s secret world.

Speaking for myself, I really need and cherish this secret space. I love picking up a good book, or my e-reader and escaping into a favorite fantasy or theme. Some days I can only spare fifteen minutes but I do it wholeheartedly because this is something I’ve loved to do since I was a teen and it makes me feel whole. I need to be reminded now and then that a world of imagination is waiting beyond the long list of “practical” things that must be accomplished.

Funny thing is I’ve read a lot of critically acclaimed fiction and non-fiction best sellers that bored me to tears. I’ve also bought a lot of little known romance novels from tiny presses that clung to my thoughts for years. A few of those novels were full of flaws, but it didn’t matter.

What made the reading experiences so different? Emotion. The romance novels sunk in at a deeper level because they were written with emotion. The author’s attention to emotional detail triggered my compassion and drew me in. When a book carries a lot of emotion it pulls the reader into its world and little flaws can be easily over-looked because the book provides such a strong and satisfying experience. Emotion is what bonds a reader to a book.

We all need a little entertainment, escape, emotional release and a glimpse beyond the borders of our private reality. Romance novels do that in spades. I have a lot of love and respect for the many wonderful romance authors, both living and dead who have brought a spark to my day, thank you.

XXOO Kat

6 comments:

  1. Thank you for visiting Seven Sexy Scribes today!
    XXOO Kat

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  2. What a great post. I couldn't agree more, I can get past tiny flaws if it's emotionally gripping.
    Romance fiction rocks! :)

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  3. Kat, you really hit the nail on the head! Being swept away by a romance novel is one of the best simple pleasures to be had!

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  4. I agree Tessie! And just as I'm being swept away there's always someone standing near by saying "Oh, you're reading another romance novel..."
    Some folks just don't get it. lol
    XXOO Kat

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  5. Beautiful. Really, Kat, well said. I feel the same way. A book, regardless of genre, that touches my heart, is what counts.

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  6. HI Julia! I'm happy you're back! You've been missed!
    XXOO Kat

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