Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The "I Have No Idea What to Post" post aka Historicals vs Contemporary romances

Tracy here.  I have to be completely honest with you, I have no idea what to talk about.  I'm sitting here wracking my brain trying to figure out some great quirky and funny thing to post and yeah, it's like the desert up in my brain.  Sand blowing around, not a thought in sight.  Sad really when you think about it.  

Then...inspiration.  Ok, maybe not inspiration exactly but a thought (thank heavens, I thought those went the way of the yeti) .  I was looking at my "read" list over at Goodreads and thinking to myself - why don't I read more historical romances?  I really love them.  I have a ton of them on my shelves waiting to be read. On the whole though I really read more contemporary romances than anything else between the m/f and the m/m that I read.  Why is that?  I know I don't like reading too many historicals all in a row because they kind of lose their charm and if I read more than 2 in a row then they all start to sound the same. I KNOW they're not the same but they kind of....blend.

I don't think this applies as much to contemporary romances and I can't quite figure out why.  When I think about it there are a gajillion situations that can be written about historically as well as in contemporary times - so why wouldn't I think that the contemporary romances blend?

Yes, as a matter of fact I am asking you to pick my brain. Do a good job and don't hurt me while you're at it.

That is all.  I'm tapped out.


Chris said...

*stares blankly at Tracy*

Anonymous said...

Seems to me that all romances blend. But at least with historicals, the periods in which they are set allows one something to discriminate with.

SidneyKay said...

I think too much of a genre, whether it is romance, fantasy, suspense, horror, etc. all start to blend after awhile. Usually, when you pick up a book in any genre/category you know what your getting. Does Miss. Marple solve the crimes? Yep. Do people die in a Stephen King horror novel? Yep. Do people in romance have a happy ending (with a long dress or pants) Yep. Although, I do prefer my romance books in historical...those take me to places I can never go.

Tracy said...

Chris - Exactly! lol

Anonymous - I have to disagree...I don't think ALL romances blend - but that's probably because I'm such a lover of romance novels. :) I think that any time setting can start to get old after a bit if you read too much of it, it just happens less for me with contemporary romance. I read a ton of paranormal romance they seem to get old after a bit but we all have our different preferences :)

Sidney - You read mostly historicals don't you? Do you read strictly regency or do you venture into medieval as well? Just curious.

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