Not only did it take me a long time to admit I actually read romance novels, it took me a long time before I’d read one in public. Even longer before I would be seen with a Harlequin Romance novel. Talk about being in the closet!
After all, it’s a “known” fact that intelligent persons read “thought provoking literature,” not fluff. There’s a reason the “classics” are considered “classics.” (That most — if not all — junior high and high school students would beg to differ and claim reading “classics” in English class is simply a governmentally sanctioned form of torture is another matter.)
Of note is many bright, intelligent women (not sure of the stats regarding men) read these books. A lot of the writers also fit that description.
I started reading these books when my stress levels were high and my brain was on overload. I enrolled in college 30 years after high school, my daughter hit her teens hard and painfully, our home was taken from us and we moved to a garage. When the garage situation disintegrated on very short notice I found an apartment I could barely afford. You get the gist. Not woe-is-me-ing or seeking sympathy, just explaining how things were intense.
During that time of intensity, it was nice to escape to “happily ever after.” No matter how bad things appeared to be in the books, in the end it always worked out. A hug. A kiss (of the passionate sort) and hope for the future. Sure it was fantasy. Sure it wasn’t reality. Who cares? It gave my mind a break from everything going on. Some place else to be. A mental breather if you will. Who knows? Maybe the hope-towards-the-future the books ended with gave me the encouragement I needed to keep moving forward.
But an interesting thing happened on the way to reading romance novels. There were little gems of wisdom tucked away in them. Quotable quotes. Since I enjoy collecting quotes I started writing them down. At last count I had over 80 pages (typewritten).
Let me end with five quotes chosen at random. Having 80+ pages makes revisiting this idea tempting, but we’ll see. Time will tell. *smiles* (And if you have any particular quotes you’ve gleaned from the fluff novel genre that resonate with you, please feel free to share.)
“Don’t ever discount the magic of your imagination, …. It’s a gift few people have and fewer appreciate.” ~ Lori Handeland, Leave it to Max
“Life doesn’t always have to be about conflict.”
“I agree” she said…”but if it doesn’t have any at all, it also can’t have its opposite and counterpart–pure joy.” ~ Tara Taylor Quinn, A Child’s Wish
“The sharpest tongue often guards an injured heart.” ~ Sari Robins, What to Wear to a Seduction
“Failure’s not the enemy. Not trying is.” ~ Sarah Strohmeyer, The Penny Pinchers Club
“I learned long ago that you can lie to everyone else, but it doesn’t do any good to lie to yourself. The truth keeps nagging at you until you face it.” ~ Margaret Watson, Small Town Secrets
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