I think it’s safe – and fair – to say that we all have our favorite genres, troupes etc in books. Personally, my favorites change with the tides and I get stuck in a genre or ironically enough, I pick up several books with the same story-line/troupe.
But. I do feel that there are genres, or even individual stories, that don’t NEED a romance. Often times when I see reviews complaining about a LACK OF ROMANCE in.. let’s say a mystery, it boggles my mind a bit.
Example – when I read an Urban Fantasy I am not looking for a romance. In most cases anyway, the romance is slow going and building up throughout the series; ie Chicagoland Vampires… Kate Daniels.. Mystery & suspense too. You wouldn’t believe how many reviews I see going on and on about a lack of romance in these genres. Yes, they are nice to have. It adds passion (for me) and I love those heartfelt moments. But c’mon. You want romance? Read a romance novel.
This can also be said for the lack of HEAT in a novel. There are authors that I know do not write long, drawn out sex scenes (for whatever reason) and I expect that from ALL of their novels. And then there are those that write good, intense scenes and I expect that as well. SO again, it boggles my mind when I see comments about lack of detail or lack of whatever, when it’s NEVER been something that particular author has written before. Yes, it could be the first time that person has read their novels, I get that.
This is what I ask myself — If I took the romance OUT, would the novel hold on its own? In the genres I am talking about — the answer is YES.
I Turn the Spotlight On You
- Is romance a MUST in all novels you read? Why or Why not?
- Have you found that there are particular genres that typically have a lack of romance, or slow building?
- What about specific authors? Have you found some that “close the door” and douse the heat?
Share your thoughts in the comments!
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