Sunday, February 10, 2008
I Read Romance and Gosh Darn it, I am Proud of it!
I was out shopping on Saturday at the local Books-a-Million and was perusing the romance section; when I happened to notice another woman in the isle with me. She had the book Hot Wheels in High Heels in her hand and was reading the back cover. Now I don’t usually talk to other customers when I am shopping, but I was feeling friendly, so I leaned over in her direction and said “Hi, I just read that book recently and thought it was really cute.” She looked a little sheepish and then smiled at me and said, “Do you know if this book came out recently. I read so many books. I want to make sure I haven’t read it before.” I laughed and told her that I keep a list for this very reason. Well, we then proceeded to have a lengthy conversation on our author preferences and what genres we liked best; not to mention that she has been reading romance since she was 12 (she looked to be in her 50’s now).
Also, imagine my surprise (super thick sarcasm here) when she mentions it’s not just about the sex, but that the books had to actually have a well written plot for her to enjoy. Let me say that I was just tickled pink to have met another fellow romance reader and, for the first time in my life, I wasn’t one bit embarrassed talking about it either. I could tell that she was a little apprehensive at first to talk to me about her reading habits, but once she realized I wasn’t going to judge her and that I like romance just as much as she did, she completely opened up.
In conclusion, I would like to say thank you to the community of romance bloggers who have made me realize that I am a romance reader and damn proud of it! Take that; all you sarcastic, cynical, snooty, know-it-all bastards! (Man, that felt good).