I enjoy a great story mixed in with romance. Particularly paranormal and fantasy, people who kick butt and take names, are able to overcome odds and be together. What kind do you like to sit by the fire and read? Tell us about what your story it about. What other genres does it cross with? Have questions? Post them so we can help.
Post by Zora Malfoy on Dec 8, 2009 19:37:00 GMT -5
I don't like a ton of romance in books (I probably could never get through an entire romance novel). Like you mentioned, I like it when there is a bit of romance tossed in. My preferences for books tend to be heavy on the action/adventure (in most cases) and are usually fantasy, so if there's some cute romance tossed in I like it. The last few Harry Potter books would be a good example for that. It's not exactly romance, though it tends to lead to it in a lot of books, but I love banter between characters. The sarcastic conversations that are kind of veiled flirting always make me laugh.
I think it has quite a bit to do with the comfort level of the author and the reader. Most romance builds between the characters before physical intimacy occurs. They use the scenes to raise the stakes between characters to make the reader feel there is much to loose. I'm trying to find ways to explain, true-love is show in action and speech you can feel the emotions, see what is happening but most people equate physical intimacy with love. It is the one thing we can choose to share or not to, that's one of the reasons rape and molestation hurt people so much. I apologize, I sound like a professor. I don't mind the scenes if they are well written so they evoke more emotion than anything else. When the scenes become to vulgar or pornographic, it rips me out of the story and I start flipping pages to get back to the story. (I'm not good at putting a book down even if it does stink. Except the thesaurus I toss that sucker around like a rag-doll.) I think one of the best authors I've read so far is C L Wilson and Leigh Greenwood.