If you read romance, you’ve had your share of condescending comments. Not everyone likes to read romance and that’s fine. But there seems to be a special type of derision for those of us who do.
Women get all these *crazy ideas* like wanting respect from their partner, asking for what they want or even worse – good sex. GASP! We want a guaranteed HEA – Happily Ever After. And we all know – no woman gets that! Am I right?
Every other genre is allowed to be predictable and men are allowed to indulge in unrealistic porn or Adam Sandler movies but the billion dollar romance industry is warping delicate female minds.
Anyway – forget the rant and watch just Love Between the Covers! A documentary about the romance genre that respects it’s subject. No sneering, no passive aggressive snickering.
Love Between the Covers shows how empowering the romance genre has been for women of all walks of life. It shows how it has helped people through horrific tragedies, has given a voice to the voiceless (Beverly Jenkins writing African American historical romance, Len Barot – Les-fic for example), and as Jennifer Crusie puts it – “You can have sex without dying horribly”.
The doc covers a lot of familiar terrain with all the big romance authors. You can’t have a romance documentary without Eloisa James and Nora Robert but it does include a wide array of authors, including indie and self pub.
What it does best though, is show the sense of community- the special relationship between romance authors and readers. They consider themselves friends and family and romance readers naturally find each other, and they tend to pay it forward to help the next group. It even shows how fans have turned their hobby into a profession promoting their favorite authors.
It probably won't convert skeptics but if you're looking to celebrate the romance genre without getting made fun of - here you go!
I had requested a few books from Netgalley – some last year – thinking I had plenty of time to read and review them. And I did. But you bloggers/readers know how that goes…
I kept getting sidetracked by Kindle deals, mood reading, and a few ARC’s that people LOVED but that I can’t really review until April. (P.S. those were Geekerella and Alex, Approximately – both REALLY good!)
But now it’s time to get my act together and get these books READ. Hopefully by Feb 28th. Totally doable for me since I’m a fast reader. I just need to have a plan and focus!
So here’s the reading plan for the next 2-3 weeks:
Madly (New York #2) by Ruthie Knox – I LOVED the first book, Truly, in the New York series SO much. I can’t wait to read this one. If you haven’t started this series yet – I HIGHLY recommend reading Truly while waiting for Madly to come out on March 14th. (My 5 star review for Truly here.)
Etched in Bone (The Others #5) by Anne Bishop is the final book in this amazing series! I’m a little nervous because the plot, while original and gripping is slow brewing and it surprised me that this will be it. Can it wrap everything up satisfactory enough for me? I don’t know but I’m starting this one first becasue it comes out on March 7th. Rip off that band aid! lol
After a few adult/NA books under her belt, Madsen is returning with a new YA series – Tactics in Flirting – starting with Operation Prom Date. I love Madsen’s book and this one looks fun, flirty and adorable. just what I’m in the mood for! Release date: March 13th