This week, as you explore a new genre, I’m curious if there are any particular reasons you’ve not read more of this genre before. Here are some related discussion questions to consider:
- Have you had a bad experience reading this genre before?
- Do you have any negative perceptions of the genre you’re reading? If so, have you had any experiences so far this month that have challenges those perceptions?
My experience reading romance before has generally been positive, yet I’ve still had a hard time kicking some negative perceptions I have of the genre. As I mentioned in my first review, I always anticipate very over-the-top descriptions, including the overuse of similes and metaphors, especially when it comes to the love interests and the sex scenes. I also expect romances to be light on plot and I’d be shocked if the writing was truly exceptional.
My experiences with romance don’t completely support the stereotypes I hold, but don’t completely refute them either. Like every genre, some books are better than others. The two books I’ve read so far this month have been very restrained in the simile/metaphor department and while the sex scenes and love interests have been almost too good-looking to be believed, that’s not been because the writing has been overwrought. The plots have been a little bit light, but there has been a plot other than the simple progression of the romance to grip my interest in each case. And while the writing so far hasn’t blown me away, it’s been good enough not to detract from the reading experience.
Please share any answers to the discussion questions and any reviews in the genre you’re exploring in the link-up below.