Wednesday, January 16, 2013

BEWARE OF ROMANCE NOVELS! (please note the sarcasm)

Over the past couple of years I've been troubled by the negative press and response romance fiction (including Christian romance) has received, specifically in the Christian community and sometimes even from the leadership of my own church. Joy and I have both commented on this controversy in the past, venting, as it were, our frustration and ire in response to the sometimes outlandish and even offensive claims made by those who oppose romantic fiction; claims that imply women aren't smart enough to tell the difference between reality and a character in a story.


But that would be like me saying that everyone who touts that belief is a Neanderthal, wouldn't it? But, of course I wouldn't be so closed-minded and prejudicial as that.  Would I?

Heh, heh. heh.

Perhaps that frustration is what led me to pose some of those questions (and more!) to nine diverse authors in a 5-part feature article for USA Today's Happy Ever After blog. 

Part 3 of this feature speaks specifically to the touchy subject above, but I think, as romance readers, you will appreciate the entire series.

CLICK HERE for Part 1

CLICK HERE for Part 2

CLICK HERE for Part 3 (linked also above)

CLICK HERE for Part 4

CLICK HERE for Part 5

Please forgive me for shamelessly promoting my work at HEA -- I believe this is a very important discussion and I hope you will join in. So hop on over to USA Today's HEA blog and see what some of our fave authors of Edgy Inspirational Romance (like Tamara Leigh, Lisa T. Bergren, Rachel Hauck, Kathy Tyers, & Sharon Hinck) as well as some great mainstream romance and YA authors (like Shannon Hale, Anne Browning Walker, Lizbeth Selvig, and Sharon Cameron) have to say in response to these ideas... and more!
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  1. I remember our pastor saying something similar. He stated that women shouldn't read romance novels because men couldn't live up to the men in the books and they would have a poor opinion of their husbands. He likened it to men looking at porno!
    What rubbish.

  2. Great post Serena!! I went through and read all five parts. I adore contemporary romance and love both CF and main stream choices.....although I tend to gravitate towards main stream more often and I get a ton of slack for reading romance. But I say who cares what the haters think. Not all of us want to read boring classics over and over.

    PS- oh my goodness Im so excited for Gina Holmes new one coming in March.....EEP!!!!

  3. Loved this! I read both inspirational and secular romance, and get tired of people making a big deal about those who enjoy romance novels. My favorites are the ones where there's a great story line, not just the simple "falling in love" aspects. I want to be challenged somewhat and learn something new no matter what book I choose, but I just happen to love when the lesson involves romance/relationships... :) It's nice to know there are others out there who don't think they should feel guilty for liking the same thing. Thanks for sharing, Serena!


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