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Three reasons I like to read (and write) romance:

posted May 28, 2013, 9:08 PM by Elaine Busby

1.      As an astute reader of mine recently observed upon hearing I had a new book out: “I won’t need a dictionary to understand it!” As a very educated and cultured woman, this reader isn’t daunted by a dense fiction novel or classic. In fact, like me, I enjoy being challenged by a good book, and don’t mind having to refer to a dictionary now and then. But you have to admit, sometimes it is a drag. I didn’t take her comment as a put-down, rather I understood the essence of her angst, and joy upon release. Romance novels generally don’t require a dictionary to be understood. We write in everyday terms, about feelings we all share, but can’t always express. Give yourself a break from Webster.

2.      There’s nothing quite like armchair traveling in my estimation. Pick up a romance novel for a refreshing change of scenery. “On the Rocks” takes people from Seattle, Washington, to Marina Del Rey and Joshua Tree National Monument in California and finally to the shores of the Cinque Terre in Italy. Romance writers are known for taking readers on exciting travels – all for the small price of a book. It’s fun to leave town for the afternoon, and to take some of your favorite characters along with you.

3.      I’d be lying if I didn’t mention the romance. Not the sex, but the romance. There’s nothing like exploring someone else’s romantic liaisons to make you appreciate yours.  And with romance, the girl usually ends up getting the guy. After she’s done figuring herself out, and giving him the benefit of the doubt. A simple recipe for success with most relationships and worth modeling after. When the two finally fall in love, I fall in love all over again with my guy. When men start realizing this, romance novels will have a whole new following.

Those are my three top reasons for reading romance. And for writing it as well.  So take a break from the dictionary, cozy into your armchair for a bit of adventure, and remember to put the book down and kiss your companion goodnight. Then, you might have your own reasons for reading romance.

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