01-20-2007 09:34 AM
I've also noticed that my tastes have changed over the years. I remember reading Jane Austen in college and thinking, "I just don't get it. She's okay, but what's the big deal?" Now I find her tremendously enjoyable.
01-20-2007 12:08 PM
01-20-2007 05:37 PM
One thing Neels did, I discovered this one day when I was reading one of her books, the characters from the book I had finished the day before were mentioned in the newer book. The hero was friends with the previous H/h. I had a listing of which books each set of characters were in, but lost the file when that computer crashed. Didn't have it saved on disk. Didn't print out entire list either.
You could keep track of your favorite people that way.
I read a lot now to check on POV, characterization, etc. My niece challenged me to take Leigh's class back in 2003, she reminded me how I used to say, 'I could write like that.' Duh, sure I can, with a lot of help from my friends.
I enjoy mysteries, Mary Higgins Clark and her daughter Carol, Sue Grafton, and then Intrigue from Harlequin.
I wonder if I could ever write a mystery. I did figure out whodunnit in one of MHC's book by the third chapter. I checked the end, I was right. Believe it or not, it didn't take away my pleasure in reading it either. Checking out how she developed it more.
01-28-2007 12:18 AM
I started reading Romance back when I was about 13 (and yes, I can tell you the exact book). My mother used to read Harlequin Presents novels, that was what got me started on the genre... I've since branched to Regency, Historical, Paranormal to name a few... I also read sci-fi/fantasy, suspense, true crime... I'm a bit eclectic in what I'll pick up...
01-28-2007 12:37 AM
01-28-2007 05:23 PM
I went to the Mills and Boon website to look for medical romances and they aren't sold in stores. I had to order them from B@N website. Have you had this problem or do know where I can find them? TIA
01-28-2007 10:25 PM
Marion Lennox writes a lot of medicals, some of which have been released as Harlequin Romances. Perhaps some of the other readers here can suggest some additional names to look for.
01-29-2007 04:01 AM
Happy reading, Lynne.
01-29-2007 10:29 AM
I also feel that reading romance novels stimulates a part of the brain that can be quite healthy for you. Actually, anything that entrances the state of mind for long periods of time, and keeps that constant occupation, can be beneficial if it's a healthy stimulation. All things aside, I am not trying to suggest that a compulsive obsession with something is a good thing, but thoughts of love and granduer occupy more people's minds than we know.
The human body and soul needs love, but also does the human mind. Thinking is feeling, and so on.
I know that when I read a good love story, preferably a happy ending, I am mentally occupied by that story for long periods of time. I think the key word is good, because obviously that's what writer's strive for. However, it's the endorphins that get triggered that makes a good, well-paced romance novel addicting.
I'm sure all that I've said is all too obvious to everyone, but after all is said and done, I read romance novels because being in love feels good.
- The Fiery Cross, Diana Gabaldon
01-29-2007 12:38 PM
Would be good if they came on prescription wouldn't it? If I was a dr I'd say, 'take one of these every day!' I'm sure it would make folk happier,
01-29-2007 11:28 PM
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01-30-2007 11:18 AM
I think I may be turning into a kooky old broad!
01-30-2007 02:37 PM
If you're looking for a comparative, Lynne, calling someone kooky is about the equivalent of calling them a nutter... calling someone a broad is similar to calling them a cow, but I always considered the connotation on a 'cow' as a bit more negative...
01-30-2007 03:04 PM
Why do they call it PMS?
Because Mad Cow Disease was already taken.
A friend just told me that and it seemed pertinent.
01-31-2007 05:18 AM
Loved the joke Christine - it's so bad it's good!
PS I got Leigh's book 'On Writing Romance' this morning, it is excellent! I've already read one chapter and thumbed through the rest, it has answers to all the questions we were asking last week, if only I'd had it then I could have started from a more knowledgeable place. But never mind, better late than never.
02-06-2007 08:05 PM
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04-08-2007 11:50 PM
I read romance because it soothes me. It makes me feel good, when so much else on the planet is in the handbasket and descending fast, to have an hour or two of entertainment. The good guys always win, the girl gets the boy, the boy gets the girl, and the bad guy just gets it.