Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Writing the stories-My new ebook3 -'romance ' or not?

When I was getting my ebook My Darling YOU ready for publishing on Amazon, I was reluctant to use the classification 'romance'. The stories are about people and how they handle love, but they are romantic in the sense of feelings and not the physical contact which seems to be a requirement of the romance genre.And when a friend on facebook commented that he hoped the stories were 'steamy', I sort of cringed. I guess that's why I used the subtitle
 love stories-sort of

Then I read these comments below and realized that I shared some of the ides expressed by the author, hence my reluctance to use the classification of 'romance' 

What do you think?

No one would call Jane Eyre a "romance novel." It would instead be referred to as a "classic love story." The very thing that separates classic love stories from romance novels is that romance novels must by default be bad, tacky even, or they'll no longer be classified as romance novels and will get placed in a higher category.

I find it difficult to respect something that is purposely meant to be a lessor work. One should always strive to do great work. If an author classifies their own story as romance, that tells me that even they don't think much of it. That being the case, neither should we.