I love love stories! I enjoy temporarily disappearing into a love story on a summer day. Maeve Binchy, Elizabeth Berg, Willa Cather, Rosamunde Pilcher, Louisa May Alcott, Alice Hoffman, Annie Proulx and Jennifer Weiner: these are the authors of the love stories I love. The women are complicated and often intense (like I am).
So, in honor of Valentine's Day . . .
- Love stories? Yes or No?
- If yes, "romances" as a genre? Or just, well, stories that have love stories? (Nobody's going to call "Pride & Prejudice" a "romance," right?)
Don't forget to leave a link to your actual response in the comments!
Three of the greatest love stories I can remember are Ethan Frome, Wuthering Heights and Silas Marner. I continue to read these books every few years.
I have to admit that in the year following my husband's death, I wallowed in romance fiction. If you remember from a previous post about my reading journal and LibraryThing (see my author cloud on the left sidebar), I have kept a list of books read for the past 17 years. Even then, in my grief, I was too embarrassed of this new obsession to even write the titles down! But I did keep a list of the authors. I had one reason for doing so: I would read everything by one author and then move on to the next, so I had to keep track of who I had read! Some of the romance novelists still stand out in my mind: Judith McNaught, Elizabeth Lowell, Linda Miller, Danielle Steele, Johanna Lindsey. They each have a distinct style that I enjoyed.
I read all of the romances sold in the huge superstore grocery store in Connecticut where I then lived. After that I had to begin to trade romances with other women! When I finally ran out of novels, I turned to Harlequin Romances. The thin plots and characters of those books finally wore me out and I stopped reading them.
So as my life moves forward, I look forward to doing Valentine's Day and no longer thinking about it! Have a great week!