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June 27, 2014 | 09:53pm
Mood: perfectly fine

Recently I've been reading a lot of romance novels. Like, hetero romances.

I'm a homosexual 27 year old man. Not into vagina. Never kissed a girl or touched a boob. (Nor do I want to.)

But man, have I been devouring romances lately or what. I'm not claiming these books are great fiction - most of them aren't, although I'd certainly claim that Jennifer Crusie is one of the best authors of our time - but man, are they addictive. My mother calls them popcorn books; they contain little value and it's easy to read more than one.

I've been trying to figure out why I like these books. These are the reasons I've come up with.

1. They're mindless, fun reads. You don't need to think to read them. Considering how I don't watch TV and I don't watch movies, I need something mindless to make it through the non-studying part of the day.

2. Happy endings. I like happiness. I like rainbows and unicorns and kittens frolicking in fields and shit. So. Yeah. Happy endings cheer me up.

3. Gay romances are shit. Realistically speaking, if I could just read gay romances, I'd do that. But most of them are just sexsexsex, or they are written by/for women, or they just aren't any good. There's a higher number of halfway decent hetero romances available.

4. I'm a romantic at heart. I want to be married to a nice, intelligent man and I want to have 2.5 kids and live in a house in the suburbs with a picket fence and at least 2 cats. I'd also like everyone I know to be in a happy, stable, loving relationship as well. These books speak to the romantic in me: everyone gets their happy ending with their one true love. Even though it doesn't happen in real life and I'll probably be single forever and, fuck, it's so sickeningly sweet - I love this shit.

That's about it. I like happy shit and I'm weird and it's actually kind of embarrassing to admit that I read this type of book, but I've decided to own it. Who cares? It's a perfectly valid genre of literature that speaks to me. Plus, I could totally become a romance author and rake in the dough. The moral of this post is that at least I'm not watching America's Next Top Kardashian Idol or whatever. Yay love!

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from: katenokmur
date: June 30, 2014 11:04am (UTC)

«Popcorn books»? Yes! :)
I love romance novels too, especially when I need to relax, to take a few days off from work. Light and quick read with happy ending – yeah, I love them! I enjoy time travel romance, fantasy romance, historical romance, even contemporary romance.
I've heard of Jennifer Crusie but have never read any of her books. I would love to start! :) Which of her books would you recommend?

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from: aodh
date: June 30, 2014 11:54am (UTC)

Exactly! They're good just to relax and not think. AND they're much more worthwhile that trashy television!
Jennifer Crusie... where do I begin? Start with "Welcome to Temptation" and follow it up with its sequel "Faking It." "Fast Women" is interesting because it's funny and has an atypical protagonist. "Anyone But You" is hilarious and a good example of her older work. Basically... I'd say start with these and if you like her writing, just read anything she's done. They're all very fun, well-written books. Let me know what you think! :)

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