Monday, June 1, 2009

Feel-good news for tough times

While the rest of the world weeps, romance readers sigh - and buy. The Associated Press reported that sales of romance novels continue to rise despite tough economic times.
No real surprise there. Romance has a loyal following, and for good reason. Romance authors are passionate about their craft and their stories.
The range of possibilities extends from YA to inspirational to paranormal to mystery to speculative/scifi - virtually encompassing every other literary genre. With a twist - you know the payoff at the end. The HEA (happy ever after) will make you feel good. And while romance readers also appreciate the thrill along the way, they're looking for that happy ending. The world may be falling down outside, but the Hero and Heroine will find true happiness.
And yes, probably tumble in the hay a few times. Ian McEwan can write a graphic sex scene and it's high literary art. Romance tends to take a few on the chin for it, though.
I've also found the romance writing community an amazingly supportive group. Not that writers in general aren't supportive of one another, but it's especially so in romance. I'm relatively new to the genre, but have been having a blast. I write in a few other genres: women's fiction and mainstream, urban fantasy and an attempt at literary (though the end result is probably more mainstream). The point is to keep at it. Experiment.
As Michelangelo said at 87 years of age, I am still learning. And I intend never to stop. When you no longer reach for something new, excellence will be out of your grasp. I may never fully grasp it, but the important thing is to never stop trying.


Monique DeVere said...

I totally agree, Cate. Romance novels/books have a way of making it all better.


Susan Macatee said...

I agree, Cate. I've been learning ever since I started to take my writing seriously. And after trying a few other genres, I've decided romance is the one for me. The fun of it is, romance genres are so broad, I'll never get bored writing it.

Marianne Evans said...

Cate, I'm Michigan born and bred and we're in the thick of a full-blown depression around here. Times like these call for hope, positivity and the power of love - that's why I've loved romance, period - good times or bad. Great blog! :-)

Margaret Tanner said...

Hi Cate,
I agree. You can forget all your cares and woes(even if it is only for a short time) when you emerse yourself in a romance book. And you don't have to worry about the ending because you know it is going to be HEA.

Cate Masters said...

Thanks for stopping by, Monique!
And you're right, Susan, the romance genre is such a big playground, there's lots of room to play.
Thanks, Marianne! Yes, the positivity is what I love too. It shows that no matter what, we'll get through it.
Thanks, as always, Margaret! All the really great stories have a love story at the center, whether they're labeled romance or not. We just celebrate it more!