Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
This week’s topic: Reasons Why I Love [insert favorite book title, genre, author, etc.]
I chose to fill in the blank with the Romance genre!
There is always a HEA or HFN
I am 100% here for the guaranteed happily ever after or happy for now! I just can’t help it — it gives me the warm and fuzzies to see the main characters happy together when all is said and done. The HEA or HFN is non-negotiable; that’s what makes the genre!
I love love
With romance, a love story is the entire point! I have always loved love stories, regardless of the medium (hello, fairytales of my childhood and cheesy 90s/2000s rom coms of my teen years!), and even when I read outside of the romance genre, I need a romantic storyline to really enjoy it.
Romance does some of my favorite tropes the best! Give me all the enemies-to-lovers, friends-to-more, second chance, and small town romance books!
Big love for indie authors
I understand that indie authors exist across all genres. However, there is a huge support system for indie romance authors. Not only are they highly supported, but a lot are well loved and respected among the romance community. As frustrating as Amazon can be to me sometimes (shop small, y’all!), it has paved a solid path for indie authors, and for that, I am thankful!
ALL. THE. FEELS.
I love that romance can make me feel EVERYTHING! So many romance authors have mastered writing evocative stories that allow me to experience them on such an emotional level. When I pick up a romance book, that’s part of my expectation — I want to be able to connect with the people, places, and stories that I’m reading about.
Give me the steam! Give me the off the charts chemistry! I definitely prefer on-page sizzle to fade-to-black, but I’m here for the heat nonetheless!
Celebrates relationships of all kinds
Romance novels can be amazingly diverse, and I think that has a lot to do with people, in general, being diverse. The diversity lends to fantastically different couples and relationships with characters of all colors, shapes, sizes, and sexuality.
So many sub-genres
While I gravitate strongly towards contemporary romance, particularly romantic comedies, there is so much variety in romance! From contemporary to historical, paranormal to fantasy, and everything in between! Heck, you can get a mash-up of sub-genres that makes for even more variety. What’s even greater is that within each sub-genre, you can see a variety of tropes and a myriad of character types. Romance simply has a lot to offer!
The romance community is amazing! I have “met” some of the absolute best people through romance reading/blogging, none of which would have been possible without romancelandia.
It’s my happy place
Romance makes me happy. Plain and simple. I read to escape, so why wouldn’t I want to escape to a place that brings me pure joy!? READ WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY!
Share with me!
If you’re a romance reader, what do you love most about the genre?