Friday, November 17, 2006

On romance

My guess is a lot of people will be linking to this, Tor editor Anna Genoese's latest juicy post on her LJ. Anna's forthright posts on publishing are a goldmine of info. You can find her "demystifying publishing" index HERE. I loved what she had to say about romance in this latest post. I think I'll have to pin it up on my offfice wall. Check it out, here's a snippet:

Romance readers are not idiots. The biggest difference between romance novels and every other genre is that romance novels have--always!--focused on relationships between characters. Sure, there's hot sex and crazy plots involved, but the main story one is always telling in a romance is about the relationships, and the complexity of emotions that humans face on a day to day basis. Sure, sometimes the window dressing of a romance novel is just as complex as the relationships, but unlike with the majority of other genres, a complex bit of window dressing or a complex plot does not and should not take away from the complexity of the emotions and relationships.

If a romance novel does not have complex and mature emotions and relationships, the romance reader will not be satisfied.

2 comments:

Wendy Wootton said...

Well, on the basis of that extract, hear hear!!!

To my mind, a romantic novel of any flavour has at least to pay *some* respect to the classic romantic structure and its emotional conventions and sensibilities - no matter how many kinky sex scenes or shapeshifting vampire hunters or whatever you put in it!

Off to read the full thing now... and I really must remember to blogroll her too!

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Jordan Summers said...

She's absolutely right. I'm still trying to learn this lesson.