In Defense of Romance Novels (And How They Can Make You a Better Dater)by Lauren Passell on July 16, 2012
Anne Browning Walker, author of the soon-to-be-published romance novel, The Booby Trap, has a bone to pick with people who say that smart girls don’t read romance novels. And while I’m not sure I have heard people outright say those words, I have soaked up that feeling. That romance novels are a waste of time. That they’re silly. That educated people don’t read them.
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Rather than ignoring the existence of love in our lives, Browning Walker says, romances in romance novels “celebrate how the best love helps us to grow.”
So in that way, reading romance novels helps us explore the love in our own lives, and figure out what we might not be able to figure out on our own.
And the idea that they don’t challenge our brains? Well, lots of books don’t challenge our brains — sci-fi, fantasy, and mystery novels. But those books aren’t considered trash. Why? Browning Walker thinks it’s because of the sex. The idea of a person — even if she’s a character in a book — who has sex, is sexually satisfied, explores sexual fantasies and what turns her on — threatens society. But that’s just what romance novel authors present to us, “using sex scenes to present a healthy activity shared by two consenting adults who (in the end, if not at the moment) fall in love with each other.”
What’s dumb about that?