I’ve been sampling romances still, but not buying many, mostly because the writing seems (a) awkward and (b) trite. They’re both hot, they think about sex a lot, can he protect her (get a taser, lady), how much info dump can we get in here. Yes, I’m getting jaded. So instead, I’ve gone back to watching TV, especially cop shows on MHz, which, since they’re all subtitled, is like reading. Only with moving pictures. Still annoyed I can’t get the last two seasons of The Art of Crime. Now watching Murder on the Lake. Bookmarking a lot of he-has-issues-she-has-issues-they-fight-crime stories. Yeah, I know, it’s like romance all over again, only with blood in some great scenic locales, mostly European and beautiful. Also pre-pandemic. Sigh.
What are you reading (subtitles count)?
Random Thoughts about Reading Romance:
“Can he protect her?” has just moved up the list beyond “smirk” for heroes. Now I don’t read past the blurb.
What’s with all the ex romances? I don’t have anything against them, but they’re everywhere now, more ex-loves or hopeless loves from the past than brand new guys/women. Is this something to do with yearning for past stability? Usually when there’s a glut of a romance subgenre–rape romances, gothics, baby romances, etc.–it’s a reflection of reader fears and hopes, but the ex thing has me baffles. For one thing, the back story problem is big.
I’m skipping shape-shifters, too, which is odd because I have minor character shape-shifters in one of WiPs. Think I’m gonna change that.I get the idea of somebody turning into an animal in bed, but I feel strongly that it should be metaphorical not literal.