I read an article this week that described romantic fiction as flippant and trivial. Most romantic fiction authors/writers know romance, as a genre, is not taken seriously by some book reviewers. I discovered this when a “friend” asked when do I plan on writing something “literary”. Okay, let’s start by looking at the definition of the word literary…concerning the writing, study, or content of literature, esp. of the kind valued for quality of form. I see where this is going! Did someone decide romantic fiction is beneath the rest of the “literary” world, and it falls short of standards, set by whom? Don’t get me wrong, as I have said before I know there is BAD fiction out there, romantic and otherwise. But let’s not forget some of the classic romance books written in the past; such as “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen, “Wuthering Heights” by Emily Bronte, “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott, and “Gone with the Wind” by Margaret Mitchell. These women proved that romantic fiction, when well written, can be valued for its quality and form making it a genre worth reading!
There are those of us that take our calling seriously and strive to produce quality material. Yes, my books include a romantic storyline. But I also work hard to develop dramatic story lines that include topics such as family dynamics, loyalty, the struggle for freedom…, things worth reading about. So the next time you see a book that is pegged as romantic fiction don’t dismiss it or assume that it is frivolous. Read the cover, check it out and decide for yourself!
You see things; and you say “why?” But I dream things that never were; and say “why not!”
—George Bernard Shaw