Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Romance is everywhere!
But in the book world romance is around us all the time.
I'm not just talking about Romance books, although given the size of the reader market they command, they need to be looked at seriously. I'm talking about the"non-Romance" books that still have plenty of love and romance in them.
I am a proud member of the RWA (Romance Writers of America) and have learned far more about writing from my chapters and friends in that organization than I ever could have from any other source. Yet, I don't write Romance books. I write SF/F with romantic elements in them. AKA- my books could technically survive without romance, but it would turn them into flat, heartless versions of what they currently are. The life would be sucked out of them.
And my books are by far not alone in that classification.
All of my favorite books, whether they be Fantasy, Science Fiction, or Mystery, have romantic elements interwoven in them (yes, I have favorite Romance books too, but that doesn't actually help in this example ;)). Between my own voracious reading as well as years a bookstore manager, I'd say a vast majority of "non-Romance" books out there have romantic elements. Yes, there are some fiction books with no romance, no love, but I'd claim they are a small minority limited to a few sub-genres.
Think about your favorite books, the ones that didn't come from the romance side of the bookstore--chances are there was a romantic element to them. And most likely they wouldn't be the same story with that element gone. So romance is not just for "that" section of the bookstore--it's all around us.
Love and romance are part of the human condition. An element that gives way to problems, heartache, feats of great strength, conflict, sacrifice--all parts of a great story. Is it any wonder that writers from all genres often put it in their stories? How many classics would we have today if the romance was taken out of them?