The Bad Side to Romance Novels

I know that I haven’t posted anything recently but that is all because I have been trying to make it through this semester in school.  I am almost done 2 more exams and then I have one more semster before graduation!  Woo Hoo!!  Even with all that going on I have still found the time to read a few books.  I found this series written by an author that I have read before.  Her other books were great so I had no reason to bought that these wouldn’t be good too.  But WOW!  This book was not a romance novel it was a sex book.  In every chapter there was sex and once you to got to the end there was still more sex.  I know that I like romance novels but there still needs to be a story there.  Not just two people meet and then there is sex going on.  I skipped reading half the book because I was just trying to find the story in the book.  If I could I’d like to get my money back.  Anyone can write a steamy sex scene but it takes an author to write a romance novel.  There has to be a memorable meeting and a building attraction to one another, there should be a fight for affections.  That’s what makes a good romance.

I like mine to have a murder mystery vibe to them too.  Rachel Gibson wrote a great short series which was about 4 authors that were friends and each book goes into one of their lives.  The best part is that each book is written in the style of that particular author, a True Crime, Murder Mystery, Romance and Science Fiction.  These are great books! At least in my opinion.  That is the beauty of reading though, what I like others might not.

However if there is no story to follow then you might as well just call the book porn.  It’s books like that, that give Romance Novels a bad name.  That is what most people already think about Romance Novels, so books like that are just perpetuating the cycle.  Come on authors do you really think that is a good book?  Having read other stories that are soo much better than this book to me it just seems like laziness on the authors part. I need a book with more substance than just sex.  Books like this are the bad side to Romance Novels.

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If you can be a sex-addict why can’t you be a book-addict?

I learned something about myself today.  I thought it was pretty interesting.  I have been going through somethings in the last couple days and I needed to escape.  So what did I do, I picked up a book to read and a world to escape into.  I love reading! I can’t help it and I wonder if people have the same thoughts.  I actually think that it is an addiction.  If you can be a sex-addict why can’t you be a book-addict?

I constantly find myself escaping from my world to get into a good book.  Whenever I am lonely I find company in the characters I read about.  Whenever I am bored there is always something interesting to find in a book.  And whenever I need a good cry I can just pick up a book and cry it out along with the other characters.  I’m not crazy I swear, but this is the passion I that I have for books.  I get so tired of people saying that they’d rather watch a movie because it takes less time.  Puleease!!!  You are just too lazy to use your own imagination that is needed when reading a book.

This is why I want to write! I want to be able to allow some one to escape for just a little while.  I want some one to read my books and feel the same way I feel about the books I read.  I can’t guarantee that I’ll be a great writer but I will try my best.  I have to try and see what I can do.  I think that my passion for reading comes from the fact that I almost couldn’t read! Reading changed my life. Through wonderfully observant parents and teachers, I was identified as having dyslexia. I was tested for it and received help from the school system to get treated. I could not read until the second grade. I spent a summer going to Furman University, having a private tutor, and getting tutored in school. There were many privileges because of my dyslexia; longer time on tests, a person how would fill in my answer sheet for me so I didn’t put the wrong thing, and many other privileges. You are never fully cured from dyslexia; it stays with you all your life. I still catch myself reading the numbers backwards or writing down the wrong letters, I always have a little anxiety about reading aloud in class, because it is so hard for me. Since I learned to read you almost never find me without a book I am currently reading. So now you can understand why I think reading is so special.

When people ask me if I have ever read a book that changed my life I simply say yes. I have read so many that have changed my life it would take all day to explain which ones and why. The important part in reading is finding a book that you enjoy. Mystery, Horror, Drama, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Historical, Romance; as long as you enjoy reading it, it really doesn’t matter what it’s about. Reading can teach you new words, new cultures, new ideas and new things you never knew about yourself.

I love to inspire people to read, because it is so important to me. Whenever I can, I try and get a new person into a good book. A good book, if written well can help you explore your own emotions. A good book can make you laugh (go ahead and laugh out loud its ok) one chapter and tear up the next. A good book can help to develop your imagination; you can picture exactly what is happening in the book. I know that when I have a good book nothing can stop me from reading it, I am right in there beside the main character. A good book will change your life, even if it’s a small change.

* This is one of those tangents that I was talking about!!!