The Problem with Romance


As a fantasy writer a lot of this smacks true. And I’m a bloke!


is that people never take it seriously.

The average Romance novel will sell for two dollars less than another book of a different genre, equal in length. Heck, there is an even larger price discrepancy if you add in the e-published novels sold through Barnes & Noble or Amazon. And that’s…not okay.

Is there less time, effort, or work put into Science-Fiction/Fantasy? Does it somehow require less planning and understanding than writing a Young Adult novel? Is more passion written into a true crime or mystery?

No. It’s not. Writing romance isn’t any easier. It’s not lesser, and yet it’s often treated so. It’s called dismissive names. Those who write it are relegated to a certain unappreciated sect amusing their more respected co-workers. Those who read it are patted on the head or mocked.

“I don’t read romance,” I once heard a feminist female friend once say to me. “Its…

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