Thoughts on Thursday: Why I Love Romances


Why I Love Romances

I think the first romance I ever truly recognized as a romance was between Laura Ingalls and Almanzo Wilder in the Little House on the Prairie series when I was in 4th and 5th grade. The next one I can recall was the romance between Janie and Reeve in The Face on the Milk Carton series, and by then I was already halfway through middle school. These are the first two couples and romances I think of meeting and being introduced to when I think back in my own reading in the younger years.

There are so many books out there that have a clear-cut romance in them, or they have a romance simmering in the background of all that’s going on in the plot. There are some that don’t even touch anywhere near a romance, and that’s OK.

But I love reading about a budding romance in a book. No matter what the set-up for the plot, I always know I will feel good at the end of the book. The romance genre typically follows the same pattern, so I know as I approach the end of the book what I’m going to get. Even though these characters do not exist in the real world (unless based on a true story or NF), I feel a small personal triumph that these two people have come together. Is that just me?

There are the ohmygosh moments when you know what’s about to go down, and those I-Knew-It! moments. Then there are those warm, fuzzy feels you get in those good moments. And then there are (sometimes) those hot, steamy, hose-me-down feels.

I’m good with all of those things, any combination. However, there is a fine line between romance and erotica, and I feel that some try to push erotica into the romance genre when it is deserving of that erotica label.

I’m sure you can say this about every genre, but a romance can be read in any season. True, there are those Christmas-specific ones, but that’s part of my point. There are some set during specific times of the year, and with the exception of the Christmas ones, I love reading those year-round. I try to leave Christmas romances with the Christmas season.

How do you feel about romances in books?

Who are some of the first couples you can recall from your own reading?

Where do you draw the line between categorizing a book as a romance or erotica? 

5 thoughts on “Thoughts on Thursday: Why I Love Romances

  1. I loved the romance between Laura and Alonzo! I think I read that book (was it The Long Winter? The one where he was picking her up from where she was staying when she was teaching?) about 100 times. I always loved books with background romances but it took me awhile to actually read a romance!

  2. Interesting post. I usually don’t like books that have the romance as the main focus of the story, but I’m fine with romantic subplots. There are a few exceptions to that rule, though. I really loved the romance in Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. It was sweet and awkward.

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