OK. I recently gave a quick response over at AAR’s RtR board. I had mentioned that Julia Spencer-Flemings new book was out. I know she has a few fans on that board. Another reader stated that she just couldn’t get into the books. You can probably guess what it is since it is one of the most taboo plots in romance. Forbidden. But then Julia Spencer-Fleming doesn’t write romance.
What are the taboo subjects never to be written in romance? First one comes to mind is adultery then rape (but it gets written anyway and some readers rationalize their enjoyment of it) , political or social issues, violence to little kids, incest and I’m sure there’s more. I think I’d put a book down faster if it was preaching to me about politics I don’t agree with versus someone having an adulterous affair. I’d take the adulterous affair. That’s just me.
Can romance readers read outside the box? Just asking. I mean, come on, I love books written well that feature plots or characters that seem ambiguous. It makes for captivating reading to me. Adultery? Doesn’t bother me and it’s nothing I would do or condone in real life but to see how the author handles the characters, the situation makes all the difference in the world to me. I think romance genre can use all the help it can get in writing more captivating plots. Don’t you all get tired of the Navy SEALS and secret PI’s, detectives, bodyguards that do the same thing over and over again? In historicals, again you have the rake, the duke, secret spy – I’m bored already.
I’m willing to concede that romance readers are happy with the same ole stuff.
I think as readers we are limiting ourselves when don’t allow the growth of other topics or plots to be explored because we just don’t condone it or agree with it. Granted, some things in real life does intrude but not everything. I can read just about anything and everything. I am willing to give it a try. I love that authors like Linda Howard do try to surprise us and/or push the envelope and get people talking. That’s a good book! Romance readers need to be a bit more daring and don’t knock till you try it. You’d be surprised at how much you may enjoy a book written outside your comfort zone.