Who here’s a romance reader? I hope everyone raised their hand. :) Whether you are one or you know one (or many), I’m sure you have some expectations of what a typical romance reader is like. She likely has a TBR pile several miles high. She knows from first glance what TBR stands for (in case you don’t, it’s to-be-read). And she is usually a she (according to my online research, only 16% of romance readers are men).
While I was researching, I also came across many common misconceptions of what a romance reader is like. I summed up four of them for you here:
- Romance readers have a lot of free time. Yup, we sit around all day devouring books and tea! If only that were true! LOL. The romance readers I know, many of whom I’m fortunate to talk to regularly in my reader group, are busy, busy busy. Some have full-time jobs, and some are full-time caretakers. Yet, somehow they manage to sneak in some reading during their jam-packed days. And they even make time to leave reviews and/or blog about the books they read. How awesome are romance readers?
- They live in a fantasy world. Can romance readers differentiate between fiction and real life? I’m pretty sure we can and do! We know not everyone looks like the model that’s on the cover of a book. We understand reality isn’t quite as picture perfect as the stories we read. That said, many romance readers appreciate stories that are realistic. Take, for example, my romantic suspense, Lawfully Cherished. Much of what happens to the two leads, Natasha and Victor, wouldn’t happen to us in real life, but the story stays grounded with relatable characters and an authentic thread of faith woven throughout the book.
- They want predictable stories. Sure, romance readers expect happy endings, but we prefer original plots and storylines to get us there.
- They are obsessed with romance. Okay, so this might be kind of true. LOL. Most romance readers are die-hard romance fans. But that’s not all we read. Many of us enjoy other genres, ranging from sci-fi to mystery to non-fiction. But it’s probably safe to say that you’ll always find us coming back to romance because warm-fuzzy stories are the best!
Have you come across any misconceptions about romance readers? Or did you have one before you started reading romance yourself? Share in the comments below!
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