The good, the bad, and the romantic

Everyone loves a happy ending, right? Everyone loves a story where the right people fall in love, right? That’s what our TV and Movie watching habits indicate. That’s ALSO what one of the largest section of publishing is devoted to: Romance novels. This genre is even the fastest selling in all e-book formats (forgive me, I CANNOT find the article I read about that…but it’s out there. If YOU find it, please let me know and I’ll link to it.)

WAIT- Before you click away, the ONLY defining factors of a novel to be considered a romance novel are that: a) the story centers around the developing relationship between 2 protagonists, b) there is a happy ending, and c) said relationship is not adulterous. Fair enough.

SO, popular stereotypes and clichés aside, Fabio on the cover is not a requirement. Nor are the horribly graphic sex scenes that are so ridiculous. Nor are the contrived situations, etc. that are entirely implausible. Heterosexuality or even SEX aren’t even required.

The way I see it, the whole genre of romance gets thrown under the bus b/c publishers are so eager to turn out the books and get SALES, that a lot of crap gets out there. No, I will not name names, we all know which books I’m talking about. It’s kinda like the difference between a really well done chick-flick with a happy ending and the all out p*rn: is the purpose to see how these two characters grow up and grow together, or just to see them come together (pun intended.) For a MUCH better explanation of what I’m trying to say,  by the queen of Romance, Nora Robers (16 YEARS on the NYTimes bestseller list-Holy Rusted Metal Batman!), click HERE for an interview w/ the Guardian UK.

These books don’t pretend to be great literature, their goal is to entertain and offer an escape from real life.

The biggest award in the romance novel world is the RITA. Romance Writers of America sponsors this one, and it’s a biggie. 1,200 entries are accepted each year. That’s right. They have a cut-off for entries, not a deadline date. Judges are all published romance authors. The field is narrowed down to 100, and from that the winners are chosen. Click for WINNERS and FINALISTS. The same group also judges and awards the Golden Heart Awards. Here are the categories:

RITA :

Best First Book Contemporary

Series Romance

Contemporary Series

Romance:Suspense/Adventure

 Contemporary Single Title

Historical Romance

Inspirational Romance

Novel with Strong Romantic Elements

Paranormal Romance

Regency Historical Romance

Romance Novella

Romantic Suspense

Young Adult Romance

Golden Heart

Contemporary Series

Romance Contemporary

Series Romance:Suspense/Adventure

Contemporary Single Title

Historical Romance

Inspirational Romance

Novel with Strong Romantic Elements

Paranormal Romance Regency

Historical Romance

Romantic Suspense

Young Adult Romance .

For a complete list of winners, click HERE

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One Comment on “The good, the bad, and the romantic”

  1. My mom and I go to the library. When we get to the counter, this is what we found:
    Mom: some throw-away romance novel with an uninteresting title and cover
    Me: a book on a Jewish Kurd raised in L.A., a book on religion in India and A Thousand Splendid Suns by the author of The Kite Runner.

    i looked at my mom’s book and laughed. My mom looked at mine and said: “I guess you can tell who has the brains in the family.” LOL.
    (But I do like chick-lit books, if they’re the more modern type and not so hopelessly cliche!)


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