Only short excerpts outloud with my other NTP friends for a good laugh.
"His strong, pulsating member entered her narrow corridor of warm bliss, arousing in him a flood of tender ecstacy as the sweet, robust smell of human sweat filled the room." Who can't laugh at the fact that you can put together practically any combination of arbitrary nouns and adjectives and end up with the description of a sex scene?
Like OrangeAppled, I like Romanticism, not "romance novels." I could never get into paperback romance novels, even as a teenager. I strongly prefer mysteries if I'm going to go for cheap fiction.
Romanticism is awesomesauce, though. I love Goethe's The Sorrows of Young Werther and Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights among others. I also thought stuff like Tolstoy's Anna Karenina was really romantic when I was younger, and that doesn't really fall in either category.
"Sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul." - Edward Abbey
^ Not nearly as intellectual in my readings Lol. I like to be attached to characters. If they happen to have a love triangle involved, I like it and appreciate it and get into it. but it's not at all necessary, and I don't go actively seeking it.
Kantgirl: Just say "I'm feminine and I'll punch anyone who says otherwise!"
Halla74: Think your way through the world. Feel your way through life.
Cimarron: maybe Prpl will be your girl-bud
prplchknz: i don't like it
Yes of course, Not mills and boon, a lot of novels cover love... it doesn't have to be cheesy. Daphney Du Maurey are pretty romantic, Dracula is a love story... lots of books also have romantic sub-plots.
I run a book club, and actually one of our guys always suggests romantic novels (he always always wants a happy ending but we can't alwas know for sure it will happen)
Almost all the classics are romantic
Zolar (in a twisted way)
I don't like romance novels and I loathe the way that movies ALWAYS have some sort of love story in them. Not every story is about love and not every pair of lovers need to be lovers first and whatever they are supposed to be doing second. An occasional tender moment to show the humanity in a character is good, a plot twisted by some lovey dovey crap is :steam:
I don't read romance novels anymore. I've only read a few of them in my whole life. They seriously lack the depth I'm looking for in a novel and always leave me disappointed, so I'm indifferent towards them. I need more substance to feed the soul.
However, I'm not going to trash them either. Everything has its purpose and if people find something useful in them, then by all means, go for it.