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Is “Realistic Romance” a Realistic Option?

Gina Barreca Ph.D.
Snow White Doesn’t Live Here Anymore

How about a little psychology behind your historical romance needs?  This is an interesting article about a bookstore with titles piled neatly at the end of a major bookstore chain’s aisle with the sign “Realistic Romance” placed above them.  What does that mean? 

The first book that I wrote had too much realism, as one reviewer pointed out.   Some wanted to throw it against the wall.  Others said it was a downer.  Yeah, I get it.  We don’t like to write about the tough places in life that may have romance.  It’s escapism at the core to fall in love with a titled English aristocrat.  Nevertheless, if you know me, I say let’s fall in love with a few others like brickmakers, watchmakers, and regular men who can love just as passionately as the duke living in the grand estate on the hill.  

Read what Psychology Today has to say on the subject.

Can the categories of “romance” and “realism” overlap in meaningful ways?  Historical romance? Otherwise known as “bodice-rippers,” these books can be recognized immediately by the young woman with a tangle of long hair whose dress—with its mandatory poufy-sleeves and lace—is off one shoulder, indicating both defiance and availability

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