Interview On Indichina Essay

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How do you feel about the derision the romance genre is subject to, even from the often-put-upon-themselves SF/F/H fans?CF: This has never really happened to me, but it makes me feel sorry for people who are so narrow-minded. Few people will enjoy a movie without some semblance of romance and even the brilliant sci-fi and fantasy and horror writers often include romance. I love books, nearly any kind of book. If you love the characters you naturally want them to be happy. How sad that one group of people needs to feel superior over another and simply appear narrow minded.KN: I don't worry about it. Frankly, there's not much I can do about it, except write the best book I can and keep my business dealings professional. I do think that many people who deride the genre haven't read it, or at least haven't read (without preconceived notions) the current excellent work being published. Like any profession, there's a spectrum of quality, although few others have to deal with being judged by what the standard was 30 years ago. On a one-on-one basis, if someone has tried recent romances and doesn't like them, I simply chalk it up to different tastes. I do try to encourage people who tell me they don't like the genre based on no experience to read something current, and if they don't then its their choice. But, they are missing out on some good books.CS: There's no doubt that romance is at the bottom of the genre ladder in terms of acceptance and respect. I believe one reason is because it's women's fiction, written for women, and written mainly by women. And it's considered formulaic, which is basically true, but then all genre fiction has formulas to a certain degree. Who would read a mystery without the mystery being solved? Or a western without cowboys or similar characters?The happily-ever-after endings in romance also bother critics who claim that romances are not realistic, and that women who read them can't tell fantasy from real life. To all these critics, I say that romance isn't any different than other genres. Yes it has a formula, but then so do mysteries, westerns, horror, SF, fantasy, and every other genre out there. Yes, it can be unrealistic, but the readers know that. They're looking for entertainment and a temporary escape from reality, just like readers are with other genres.People do the same thing with television shows and movies -- it's entertainment, hopefully stimulating and sometimes uplifting, and even imparting a message. Romance does that, and more. Readers appear to agree, because romance sales garner a whopping 52% of the mass paperback market.Why do you think the paranormal genre is finally breaking through to a new audience, with some hard-core fans searching out e-books to feed their addiction?CF: I think everyone who reads voraciously is always looking for something new and different and paranormal is a wide-open field.KN: I wish I had data on that; I don't. My perception is that paranormal topics are increasing in other...

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