Enjoying Romance Novels

Romance is always in the air for true lovers. Romance does not only lift one’s mood but the heart too. A person who has been in a romantic relationship at least once in their life will agree with me if I say romance is simply divine. One way to enjoy romance is to read romance novels. Such novels, when shared by lovers bring them closer and give a new perspective to their relationship.

There are lots of choices for romance lovers depending upon their preference. They can choose romance novels based on historical periods with kings and queens, novels based on wars or modern novels that can take paranormal subjects as their main characters. This means there are novels for everybody.

Romance novels, by definition, are supposed to center around a romantic relationship between two important characters and should have a positive ending. However, to make the plot interesting, the novels often have non-romantic sub plots that are related to the romance somehow.

Many claim that compelling romantic novels can even trigger the same feelings and emotions as if one is in a romantic relationship. You have to, however, be able to connect to the character in the novel; you should be able to be immersed deeply into the relationship. The realistic feelings that such novels succeed in evoking make them popular among readers of all ages and both sexes.

Romance novels focus mainly on love, appreciation, intimacy, affinity, and compassion. Similarly, many of the novels focus on spiritual and emotional aspects, while others focus mainly on the physical relationship. Still others focus on the spiritual or divine relationship and talk about soul mates and unconditional love.

But how do you choose a novel that is exactly what you are looking for when there are hundreds of thousands of romance novels available is a big issue. To tackle the issue, you can do a little bit of research. If you like classical novels, you can probably start with Jane Austin or Margaret Mitchell, and if you want modern ones, you can go for authors like Nora Roberts and Julie Garwood. Similarly, you can find a list of the best novels on many websites depending upon what you want to see in a novel. For example, if you are looking for erotic novels, you can type ‘best erotic romance novels’ in your search engine and you will find some lists. Then you can read the review of the novels along with readers’ comments online in websites like Amazon.com.

In order to enjoy a romance novel, you need to have a positive feeling about yourself and your own life first. An optimistic feeling allows you to be a part of the novel and get engrossed in it wholeheartedly. A pessimistic mind might just make you feel that the romance is nothing but a story. Thus, a happy heart and belief in love and romance is a precondition to enjoying romance novels.

From Foreplay to Positive Messages: Why People Love Romance Novels

Growing up, romances were considered the worse books to read in my house. At least certain romances were. Chick lit and high school romances were acceptable to read on occasion and classics were always fine. But traditional romances with a man and a woman embracing on the cover? Those were trashy, poorly written, and only worth reading for the sex scenes which probably made up at least half of the book’s contents.

After a certain age, I was allowed to read whatever book I wanted to, but romances were still looked down upon as the least valuable genre. However, by the time I hit middle school, romance novels were just too tempting.

Since they’re available at every place ever that sells secondhand books, it wasn’t hard for me to find romances and form my own opinions about romances. And it wasn’t long before I really liked them, so much that I started my own blog to review just them. And millions of other readers love them just as much.

There are a lot of stereotypes involving avid romance readers, like desperate spinsters, lonely women, and curious teenage girls. But the truth is, the majority of romance readers are college educated women who are married and have fulfilling lives. So even though there is a level of escapism, there’s a lot more to the appeal of romance than that.

Many women, myself included, like it for the positive messages in the books. The heroine almost always has insecurities about her body or her wits or personality and yet the hero is still completely enraptured by her. For instance, in Lord Braybrooke’s Penniless Bride by Elizabeth Rolls, Christina Daventry is incredibly insecure about her financial means, looks, and heritage. As the bastard daughter of a nobleman, she is only one wrong move away from being on the streets. However, somehow she captures the heart of Lord Braybrooke without even really trying. While people could chalk it up to the fact that she’s really beautiful without even knowing it, that’s not true in all romances. In Morning Comes Softly by DebbieMacomber, Montana rancher Travis Thompson marries a woman he doesn’t think it beautiful in the slightest. However, he ends up falling in love with her anyway. While not everyone thinks finding love is the ultimate goal in life, in romance books, it means happiness. Romance books say that everyone can find happiness without changing who they are.

While the positive message is attractive to readers of all ages, others, especially teenagers, have another reason to read romances.

“They help me study for SATs,” a friend once told me, laughing. “It’s strange, but where else am I going to read words like florid, staccato, and amorous outside of vocab exercises and classics?”

She had a point. Despite my family’s thought that all romances are poorly written, I have noticed that I need to turn to the dictionary with them more than any other genre. It’s not so much that they are trying to hard to be ‘intellectual’. It’s more that there is a lot of emotion in romance books, even more than other genre because the main storyline is an emotional connection. Sometimes, ‘happy’, ‘sad’, and ‘angry’ just doesn’t cut it so the writer turns to bigger and less-used words to describe their characters and their settings. While this isn’t really a reason to read romance books, it is a bonus for some people. I know I’m not the only one who thinks so. In the guidance counselor office at my school were some romance books with the SAT study material that had been picked out for their vocab usage.

And of course, plenty of people read romance for escapism. Many like the idea of a man completely devoted and focused on them, without the distractions of social media, sports, or work. Some compare reading romance novels to foreplay because in romance books, the women always have the men’s full attention, which is also true for foreplay. For those in the teenage crowd, they like experiencing romance in the books because they are curious or their own love life is lack-luster from slim pickings at their school. But even those satisfied with their love lives love romance books for escapism because they don’t just show an ideal relationship. They also show an ideal world, where there’s always a happy ending, family reunions are fun without the stress, and bad hair days are once in a blue moon. Even dystopian worlds are considered ideal, because they are full of excitement and danger, unlike our usual, monotonous yet safe lives.

No matter what your reason is for loving romance, if you are as avid a reader as I am, you probably burn through the books easily. Sometimes I can read as many as four of them a month. Actually romance readers read more than readers of every other genre. Scribd actually had to remove the majority of their romances because the cost of the books the readers were reading exceeded the amount they were getting in subscriptions. However, it’s often hit or miss on if the romance is good or not. Even the tight genres provided by Harlequin and Silhouette can have a few duds in a brand you normally like.

Romance Novels to Read – 5 Historical Chick Flick Books

A History of Romance Novels

Romance novels are among the most popular forms of literature today. Most of the time, modern love stories are written with female sensibilities in mind, specifically from a woman’s point of view. The industry of romantic books is largely a female-driven medium, focusing on the various areas in life women deem important.

Can you believe that short love story book you just finished reading has a long and celebrated history? The romance books that fill your shelves have been around for centuries.

Where Did It All Began?

Marking its birth during the English Renaissance, women’s fiction was authored by a masculine pen and guided by the male point of view on the subject matter that is purely feminine. As a result, patriarchal ideas have been reinforced by way of literature and promoted the female sphere during the period that saw the rise of women’s literacy. However, the appearance of the Spanish novel The Mirror of Knighthood’s translation done by Margaret Tyler and Urania by Mary Wroth have become notable exceptions to this theory.

The commercial success of Renaissance romances can be attributed to the emergence of a larger number of female readers. Most of the Jacobean and Elizabethan romance authors credited their fame and commercial success to the gentlewomen readers or those who belong to the middle ranks in society, reassuring their faithful fans of their wholehearted dedication.

A Short List of the Best Romance Novels of All Time

The genre of romance books has surely seen a rich history. However, passion, devotion, relationships, and love are said to be easily experienced but a bit challenging to express in written words. Through the years, however, there are good romance books that have managed to capture the hearts of readers from all walks of life, earning the title of being the best romance novels of all time.

  • Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice

This romance novel has sold more than 120 million copies, with numerous imitations and adaptations, proving that this has stood even the harshest test of time.

  • Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights

Largely ignored and initially criticized for its unsuitable depiction of blind love, this is a true romance classic that is considered as one of the best-known love stories that English literature has ever produced.

  • Emily Brontë’s Jane Eyre

Widely renowned for tackling issues of sexuality, feminism, religion and class in first person narrative, it is a popular romance book that bears a rebellious streak disrupting the status quo of the 19th century.

  • Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina

Hailed by Times Magazine as the greatest romance novel that was ever written, Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina is a real masterpiece.

  • Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind

Taking the second spot amongst the best romance novels in America, the romantic classic explores the life of Scarlett O’Hara. It is also the very story that earned the author her Pulitzer Price in the year 1937.

It would be impossible to list everyone’s favorite romance book of all time, but the above list is a good place to start developing your taste for romantic literature.