RE: Bookclub: The discussion of Emotional Geology (contains spoilers)
(14 Mar 2012 10:28 AM)kaska Wrote: I did attempt it several times but to no avail...
In all fairness to Linda though I rarely enjoy romance, love stories, so this probably wasn't going to be an enjoyable book club read for me this month as it's not my usual genre.
Thanks for trying several times, Kaska. I think that was beyond the call of duty!
I'd like to throw into the discussion something my agent said, which I believe to be true. She said, "You don't write romance, you write love stories."
My writing career has been dogged by genre issues (don't get me started!) and one of them is that I've been marketed and reviewed as a writer of romance (or even Romance.) I think this has been misleading. I do write love stories, but I don't think I write romance. Broadly speaking, I think fiction either comforts or confronts and IMHO romance is not fundamentally a challenging genre, it's a comforting genre. (Be clear, I'm not saying one is better than the other. Not at all. It's horses for courses. Georgette Heyer is my comfort read of choice and I rate her very highly as a writer.)
I think my novels confront and comfort (which is one of the reasons there have been genre issues with publishers) but I don't think my fiction should ever be described as "romance", not least because I subvert the genre conventions. My heroes are far too flawed and vulnerable to fit the romance genre. If there are any alpha males in my novels, they aren't the hero.
But I know some readers - even some of my fans - would disagree about this. Certainly STAR GAZING being shortlisted for Romantic Novel of the Year in 2009 muddied the waters. But I still claim it's an unusual love story, not a romance.