Well, for starters, romance is something that everyone writes these days. Yes, even me, and yes, every genre. Now I am not talking about the whole notion of romance, but every book has a relationship in it that denotes love.
Want me to prove it?
Name a popular book. Does it have even a hint of a love story? Then there is your answer. Secondly, think of the classics of fantasy, is there a love story? ah-ha!
Romance is what EVERYONE is writing about!
I wasn’t convinced either, until I really tried to come up with titles to books that didn’t have a smidge of romance in them. I think it all started back in the 1980s when romance really took a high road and to be honest, it hasn’t stopped. It has evolved, yes. I mean, there are no more “bodice-rippers” and women finally have gotten a good image in them.
But seriously, even in FANTASY especially YA fantasy, there is romance.
Is it popular?
Are you kidding me?
Can you say Hunger Games? Twilight Series, Divergent?
Now true, the higher end of YA aged readers has more romance in them than the lower aged reader books, I mean Charlotte’s Web is for younger readers, and there is not a real love affair in it but the relationship, the friendship between Charlotte and Wilbur hints. I mean, she’s a girl spider, he’s a boy pig, N’EST-CE PAS?
Okay enough of my silliness.
I will be at the Southaven Library today for a workshop on romance and YA fantasy and romance. So y’all come!