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Lin
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Isn't Lin the curious one today.

How many of you guys and girls read romance novels? It can be Danielle Steel (Smurfie, I see you), Judith Macnaught or those with a hunky long haired Adonis posing on the cover.

Has it in anyway affected your views on what a relationship is about and how your bf should be?

I used to be an avid reader of Judith McNaught, Sandra Brown and Judith Krantz novels. They had a great impact on my relationship with my bf. Many times I asked to break up because I wanted that rich, gorgeous, understanding guy I read in the novels.

I formed an unrealistic impression on what love, men and relationships were all about and up till now, my bf is still very sore about it. I used to compare him to the characters in the books (yes, I have the maturity level of a 1 year old) and he got very hurt.

Has this happened to any of you? Or is this happening to any of you?


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Grizabella
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A while back my grandmother had lots of old romance novels that she was getting rid of, so I took some of them. They were mostly harlequins. I found them to be pathetic and unrealistic after a couple of chapters.

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Heather
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I was a lit major. Honestly, I've always been way too much of a literary snob to even flip through the pages of standard pulp romances, let alone read them.

But an interesting note: a year and some back, I did a talk with another erotica editor for the Library Association about sexual material in the library. A few librarians said there wasn't any in their libraries (men said this) and my answer was , "Bollocks. Sure you do. Hit the romance section, buddy."

Honestly, these guys had no idea what was in most romance novels, and all the female librarians turned five shades of pink, even the little old ladies. I got in trouble with some of them later for letting out the Big Secret.


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LilBlueSmurf
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*blushes*

Alright ... I've been known to read a few Danielle Steel books I just love them. I'm not really the romance type, but that's the only kind of books i read.

I've always had a more realistic view on relationships though. It's only a fairytale to me. Complete w/ prince charming and everything. It's real for the 30mins that i'm reading the book, but as soon as i stop, i'm back to real life. I try not to put unrealistic expectations on my bf b/c i know i'd be pissed if he did that to me ...


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haha, i adore trashy bodice-ripping romance novels. i will not even try to justify that; it's one of my many secret vices. i don't think it has to do at all with my views on relationships. i just like them.

in 10th grade, my school's chorus went on a trip to amsterdam and germany, so my best friend and i each bough like 4 trashy romance novels to read on the buses and plane rides. i'm a big fan of reading trash when i'm traveling. it's like an excuse to do so, i guess. he he he.

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Hate is a word that is not.
Love, I am told, is more precious than gold.
Love, I have read, is hot.
But hate is the verb that to me is superb,
And love but a drug on the mart.
Any kiddie in school can love like a fool,
But hating, my boy, is an art.
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KittenGoddess
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I have to admit that the occasional trashy romance novel is my own little secret indulgence. There's just something about reading a completely un-realistic romance novel that just makes a girl feel better sometimes! I don't think it has anything to do with the way I view a relationship though.

~KittenGoddess

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They're kinda trashy, but I like to read them on vacation. I call them my "beach books" cuz they're easy and great to read at the beach or whenever you're bored! I find them to be so fake that I would never take them seriously though.

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XxFIFxX
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Hey don't trash those trashy romance novels (LOL). One of the best books I ever read was called American Star by...uh I forgot. It was funny tho... and long. That sucker was over 1000pgs. But it was good anyway.

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Milke
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I've tried several time, sometimes just because the books had such groovy retro covers, but I guess they just weren't trashy enough. I'd rather they either just had sex in the first chapter, or were just more blatantly over the top. But I guess just because I can write with extreme hyperbole doesn't mean I can expect it of everyone else.
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emsily0
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milke-

i know what you mean! the way i pick my trashy romance novels is when i'm at the bookstore, i flip to a random page, and if that random page contains a sex scene the book qualifies as being trashy enough. probability and whatnot.

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Love is a word that is constantly heard
Hate is a word that is not.
Love, I am told, is more precious than gold.
Love, I have read, is hot.
But hate is the verb that to me is superb,
And love but a drug on the mart.
Any kiddie in school can love like a fool,
But hating, my boy, is an art.
-Ogden Nash


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lemming
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LOL at you guys, this is hilarious. I never realized this was so widespread.

I'm with the travel-readers...I like to pick up something horribly trashy now and then. definitely with em and milke in that it MUST start off with a bang, if you know what I mean. if I'm going to read something trashy, it had better be TRASHY.

oh, and one more thing...there were girls in high school (me included) who used to try to beat the others for the most kinky sex scenes found in a romance novel...I'm trying to remember the ultimate winner's title, but it escapes me.

fun stuff, if you don't take it seriously.

oh, and a little factoid: over half the new books sold in America are romance.

bleh. ;P

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