Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Love in the Library

According to Wikipedia.org, a romance novel “is a literary genre developed in Western culture, mainly in English-speaking countries. Novels in this genre place their primary focus on the relationship and romantic love between two people, and must have an "emotionally satisfying and optimistic ending.” A happy ending..isn’t that what we all want? This is the main reason why I read romance novels. Yes, I admit it, I am a Librarian, with a Bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis on Medieval Literature, and I read..gasp…bodice rippers.

Oh, I read other things also, mysteries, thrillers, science fiction, fantasy and the occasional non-fiction book. But my truest passion is reading about the beautiful heroine being swept off her feet by the oh-so-perfect Hero. I have been reading them since I was thirteen years old, which means 32 years now. I have seen the genre trends change from the prim and proper gothic novels of Victoria Holt to the true bodice rippers of Rosemary Rogers and the new paranomal romances that include timetravel, vampires and werewolves.

In this blog, we can indulge in the true escapism of this genre without guilt and worry that the “literary” bunch will look down their noses at us. This is our place to talk about what the newest trends are, going back to the old favorites and just plain love.

Currently, I have been reading two things, The Dark Series, by Christine Feehan and a historical romance (my main time period) called “Fairest of Them All” by Teresa Medeiros. Despite whatever else I am reading, I always have a historical romance on the side burner. They are always an easy read, predictable, full of adventure and something I don’t have to concentrate to much on to enjoy.

I would love to hear what you are reading and what you think about the newest Romance releases.

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