With the passion of a thousand suns?
Tonight I realized how many people actually hate the fantasy-romance subgenre (while lots of people seem to hate erotica just as much, sadly), and I found myself wondering two things. 1) Are my romances written poorly? 2) Do so many people hate fantasy-romance that I don’t even have much of an audience anyway???
I keep wondering how many people started to read one of my books, realized it had strong romantic elements, then barfed and put it down. There are a few people who’ve had my books on their shelves for weeks now, after all. Maybe they’re just too nice to tell me they hate romance and don’t like my book, in which case I wish they would just tell me (I’mma big girl, I can take it) so I can continue without wondering.
I keeping thinking about the anti-romance fans who read my work – unaware that it was romance – and reacted with “Ughhhhhh romance.”
Is all this groaning just a matter of taste? Or do I deserve it because I suck at writing romance?
As I said a while ago (on a post I may have deleted), romance is actually really hard to write. It’s hard to write well, anyway. So as a result, it has this reputation for being really, really bad simply because so many people get it wrong.
One problem with romance is that it’s hard to avoid being cheesy, cliché, or unrealistic, because for most people, writing is escapism and people wind up writing about love the way they want it to be instead of the way it actually is.