Friends in Low Places

It’s the age old argument. Is romance real literature?

To some, no.romance

According to Washington Post writer Justin Wm. Moyer, romance is”formulaic with fill-in-the-blank qualities.” His recent comments expressed in the article about the plagiarizing case against Laura Harner sparked a firestorm of controversy in the romance community over his generalization of the genre.

Author Jenny Trout recently wrote a scathing rebuttal to the Washington Post article. Both the WP article and Jenny’s rebuttal are worth the read, as are the comments in both articles.

The truth is, romance is a billion dollar business catering mostly to women. Romance is no more formulaic than the mystery, suspense. or science fiction genres, but you rarely hear diatribes on the worthlessness of those stories. I write romance. I read romance. And I can appreciate the work behind a well-written love story. I wish everyone could.

Love makes the world go round. When people lie on their death bed, they don’t want co-workers or acquaintances around–they want their loved ones–husbands, wives, lovers, children, family, and friends. These relationships are what matters in life–all that matters in life, so I become confused when books that delve into the making of said relationships are bashed as worthless.

I suppose Justin Wm. Moyer, upon his deathbed, will feel gratified while surrounded by stacks of newsprint. May that same pile of print keep him warm at night.

What are your views of romance?

photo credit: Romance via photopin (license)

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About Christy Hayes

A wife, a mother and a writer of romantic women's fiction. I love dogs, exercise and cable news.

Posted on November 2, 2015, in Blog Posts and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I completely agree with what you’ve said here. I add that so what if romance writing is all the things Justin Wm. Moyer claims (or those who agree with his point of view); the facts are that many people DO like romance and feel satisfied reading love stories of all kinds, so it doesn’t matter if some individuals consider them “real literature” or not. They are stories, literature. Stories of all kinds appeal to all varieties of people and it’s no one’s place to decide what is “real” or pertinent to anyone else.

    It’s the same for everything else in the world: food, décor choices, clothing style, mates and on and on. What is real and true for one person may not be for another. It disappoints me when people tout their opinions as THE truth or the final word. It’s not. So why bash or badmouth one thing to enforce another? It doesn’t make sense and it isn’t necessarily truth.

    My advice to people who don’t like romance: Don’t read it. Same goes for those who don’t like Sci-Fi or mystery, or classics and so on… If we read what we like, it brings us joy. That’s all that matters.

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