A post I wrote this week for book blogger/reviewer Emma Mitchell. This subject is something I’ve been thinking a lot about recently, so I thought I’d repost here. If you have any comments, I’d love to hear them!
Today I am handing over to author Helena Fairfax as she talks about why romance novels are predictable …
Why Romance Novels Are All So Predictable
by Helena Fairfax
Some time ago I took a box of leaflets from the Romantic Novelists’ Association into my local independent bookshop. The leaflets listed all the nominees for that year’s Romantic Novelists’ Awards – some of the UK’s best romance writers – and I asked the manager if he’d like a handful of them to display in the shop. He curled his lip (in the manner of a cliché-ed hero) and said, “We don’t stock that type of book here.” (!)
These days I’m used to people’s reactions when I say I write romance, but that isn’t to say I understand it. That bookseller had some of the greatest romance novels of all time on his shelves – authors such as Jane Austen…
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