Thursday 3 January 2013

Let's Talk Romance:: Romance Cliches

Let's Talk Romance is an original feature/meme hosted by yours truly {Mary @ The Sweet Bookshelf} and Jac @ For Love and Books. We love romance and wanted a place where we could discuss it freely each week! Come along each Thursday and you'll be able to participate in discussion questions, reviews, lists, and all things romance. We hope to get to know other romance lovers as well as maybe have a few more give the genre a try. Let's Talk Romance!!

*****Discussion:: Romance Cliches*****

I once talked about Romance Novels: Why the Stereotype? I love that post. It is one of my favorites. I came out of the closet as a romance novel fan. I thought romance novels were all bodice rippers and a half naked females on the cover that needed rescued. Maybe they used to all be that way, but not anymore.

Today I'd like to talk about romance cliches. As in predictability. We know what's going to happen--so to speak. They end up together. It wouldn't be a romance novel if that wasn't the case. Am I right? Is this a good thing? Do you like knowing there is a happy ending coming? Or is that what you don't like about them?

I personally enjoy the predictability. I do. When I find myself stressed in every day life I know I can pick up a romance novel and have something turn out the way it should. It isn't about the end result for me in romance novels. It is about the journey. What is this couples story? How do they make it work? Are they passionate or are they the peaceful quiet kind of love that comes from years of friendship?

I do enjoy many different genre's and I love those to keep me guessing. I like not knowing what is going to happen. I love being shocked when things don't go as I think they should. But, in my romance novels I really enjoy knowing it is all going to be OK.

How about you? Do you like the predictability? Or are you wanting the genre to shake it up a bit?


  1. well, I guess you probably know what I'm going to say, right??? I love books that shake it up in the end! :D But I also love a good HEA, too. Variety is the spice of life! <3

  2. I live for the HEA!! I want a tall dark and sexy man to just come in and sweep me off my feet! (And the more money in his bank account? The better!!) I love the predictability of romance.

    -Jac @ For Love and Books


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