renoir20I’ll be the first to admit that I have a propensity towards criticism and pessimism.  Take romance novels, for example – I could go on for hours about the general Decline and Fall of the Romance Civilization.  But you know what?  I still read romance novels.  I still love them.  And I still defend them to the death, despite all the weird looks I know I get from my friends.  (Yes, LKY, I’m looking at you.)

I’m tired of whinging, and while I’m in the mood, I want to focus on the positive.  With that in mind, here are the top five reasons I read – and love – romance novels:

5. I get to spend hours – literally – tootling with my reading records.  Yup.  I’m a nerd.

4. I get to travel the world from my sofa.  When you get down to it, small-town Shropshire could be as foreign to some readers as the Alaskan wilds, and a romance novel can get to either for under eight bucks, often less.  This leads to the fact that…

3. They’re a cheap and durable form of entertainment.  Um, cost of movies these days?  Not to mention the cost of a frickin’ frappucino, which disappears from your system in two hours unless it translates into fat, which then sits in your you-know-where for months??  Yeah, romance novels are cheap.  Not least because…

2. I get semi-instant, renewable gratification.  Warm fuzzy feeling.  It’s worth it.

But the number one reason I read romance novels is that…

1. Romance novels are good.  Full stop. And that’s the most important thing.  Romance novels have given me Annique Villiers, Lord St. Vincent, Eve & Roarke, and innumerable excellent authors.  It’s about the characters and the occasional plot twist, and it’s also about some damn good writing out there.  Before I finished this blog I updated my statistics, and you know what?  I’ve given out more As and Bs than Cs, Ds and Fs combined.  I love them.  I really, really love them.

So tell us why you read romance novels, and let’s celebrate the positive.  Long live romance novels!

– Jean AAR