Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone!
It seemed like the perfect time to talk about another one of my favourite genre’s of books, Romantic Fiction.
In this post, I will give 10 reasons why I like to read Romantic Fiction plus some books from this genre that I have enjoyed over the last few years.
If you are more of a Thriller type person, there is a page on this blog that explains why I love Psychological Thrillers (I have diverse taste!) with some recommended reads.
For today, with Romance in the air, I will stick to my love of Romantic Fiction and Chick Lit (I really don’t like that description). I think this genre gets a bad rap from critics, there are many fine examples of beautiful writing in this genre and it should never be overlooked or underestimated.
Here are 10 Reasons Why I Love Romantic Fiction.
1 It Has No Boundaries.
This type of book can go back centuries spanning right through the decades to the present day. The interesting thing is, that love hasn’t changed over the years and it never will.
Nowadays we can read much more openly about the gay community and erotic fiction, but at the end of the day.. love is love.
2 We All Love a Happy Ending
I think with the majority of Romance books there is a happy ending, therefore you get just what it says on the tin! Sometimes it is just good to sit, back, relax and know that everything will turn out ok. Of course, we like a few ups and downs along the way, otherwise it would just be boring.
3 The Feel Good Element
We only have to switch on the radio and television to know that there are terrible things going on in the World. Things that we cannot change and seem to be getting worse instead of better. So, what is wrong with a little escapism? I enjoy books that give me the famous ‘feel good factor’ and put a smile on my face.
4 They Can Teach Us All A Thing or Two
In the past few weeks, I have read books about the Suffragette movement and women’s roles in the first and second World Wars. (These are just examples, there are many more). I might not be inclined to pick up a History book on these subjects but through my love of Romance novels, I am now far better informed than I was previously.
5 Research, Research, Research
As a link to number 4, I can’t emphasize enough on how important really great research is in a Romantic Fiction. If a book is set in the 1940s, for example, I want to know what was in the news, what type of clothes people were wearing, what technology was available at that time. I always value a well researched, informative style of writing, in any genre.
6 Strong Women
Personally, I hate books where the woman is portrayed as a wilting violet with no voice or opinions. A good romance book will show the strengths of a woman, even against adversity. Throughout the decade’s women have fought for the right to vote and kept the country running whilst the men were away fighting, so they should never be stereotyped as the weaker sex.
7 Talking of Sex
There is nothing wrong with a good bodice ripper! Seriously, it is so important that Chick Lit books get the balance just right. We know that sex sells, but not on every single page! Of course, that might be what you enjoy in a book but go to the Erotica section and keep Romance tasteful. Having said that, in the right context, there is nothing better to get those pulses racing.!
8 Learning About Relationships
What makes a good relationship? If we had the answer to that question we would all be millionaires. By reading Romantic Fiction we can compare to our actual relationships and maybe learn how things can be improved.
There is nothing wrong with a little hope and Chick Lit fiction gives us that by the bucketload. If our personal lives are rubbish there is nothing wrong with a little daydreaming that the perfect guy might be waiting, just around the corner, After all, if it happens in books and films, why not in real life?
10 You’ve Got To Laugh!
We all like a laugh don’t we? In my opinion, there should be a healthy dollop of humour in Romantic fiction. It’s not always the type of humour that makes your sides ache from laughing but clever wit and sharp one-liners go down really well for me. Whilst I am on the subject of laughing I have to balance things out. I love a good cry too!…there I said it, not ashamed at all. The thing is a little sadness gets the emotions stirring and it makes the book journey more fulfilling. On the other hand, I have finished books where I am left emotionally traumatised, but on the whole, Romance can be a lot of fun!
These are my 10 Reasons Why I love Romantic Fiction I would now like to back it up with some Recommended Reads from this very misjudged genre.
I must say that they are in no particular order and I refrained from adding any Christmas books (because they have a post of their own).
If you have any recommendations please let me know in the comments section or just let me know what you love (or hate) about Romantic Fiction.
6 Recommended Romantic Fiction/Chick Lit books
This book is set in 1940s Liverpool. It is the story of Alice who married her sweetheart Terry whilst he was on a 48-hour pass from the army. Alice works in a munitions factory to help the war effort and has an amazing friendship with the lovely Millie.
This is a very recently published novel by Jill Mansell. It is the story of Mimi and Cal, a couple who are meant to be together, but the time is never right. I loved all the multi-layered characters and the tremendous sense of community spirit….truly heartwarming.
I didn’t think I would like this book, it is the first one I have read by Giovanna Fletcher, and it was just wonderful. The story centres around Lizzie who has had her heart well and truly broken. The book is about her mission to find herself again, (I know what you are thinking, just trust me on this one) I really do feel like I went through every single emotion reading this book and I shall be re-reading it very soon.
This is a very recent publication and I predict it will be a huge bestseller. It epitomises everything that a good romance book should be. I am not going to spoil it by saying anything else.
How could I not love a book set in a bookshop? This is a book about Verity Love, an introvert in a world of extroverts and a Pride and Prejudice addict.(Actually, why isn’t Pride and Prejudice on this list!)
There seems to be a bit of a theme at the moment around orphan children, this is my favourite (and not exactly a romance). The book is set in Ireland at the turn of the last century. The main character Cissy is collected from an orphanage at six years old. I cried buckets over this one!