Monday, August 30, 2010

Book Psychology: Now she's reading romance novels...



This past weekend I headed off for a relaxing weekend in Steamboat Springs (pictures to come on Wednesday) and packed a couple novels to read.

Actually...

Last week I picked up Suddenly You an historical romance by Lisa Kleypas. I was enjoying it so much that as we headed out of town, I made a quick stop at the library and picked up Then Came You, another of her novels to take with me since I was already half-way through Suddenly You.

And I finished both of them over the course of the weekend. And then I went back to the library this morning and checked five more historical romance novels.

I'm not sure what's going on:

1) I haven't read an historical romance since the mid-1990s when I went through my Amanda Quick phase.

2) When's the last time I devoured two books in a weekend? Last month I had a difficult time finishing any book!

3) And why pick up five more to read? Am I studying the genre? Or am I just in need of a story with a happy ending?

4) Here's the weirdly serendipitous moment, as I was in the midst of writing this post my brother John called and said that he'd just been thinking....  that I should write a romance novel, which he said, would combine my travel experience with my love of writing.

As you know, I love to over-analyse the reading experience and why we choose the books we do. Who knows, maybe this is just a passing phase, or maybe it's just the advent of autumn, which always gets my blood flowing. We'll see.

3 comments:

Midlife Jobhunter said...

"maybe it's just the advent of autumn, which always gets my blood flowing"

Yes, autumn does offer a freshness. I'm not a romance reader, however, I don't think a little romance and smut every hurt anybody. Perhaps you should give writing a romance a try.

larramiefg said...

I'm thrilled your brother made that suggestion, it's what I've been thinking too! :)

mariellenromer said...

Hey, why not. If it gets your creativity flowing, and you feel it works well, then go for it. Maybe a short story to start, if you dont feel like 100k words...?