What is your favorite romance novel?
It is February and Valentines’s Day is in a week, so I can’t think of a better time to talk about romance novels.
I’ve personally never been a big fan of romance novels. I’m even less of a fan of other novel styles, such as the ever-popular YA Dystopian Fantasy that lean on a romance as the main plot driver. A good example of this would be Katniss & Peeta’s relationship in The Hunger Games series. It seemed forced in a lot of places and was really unnecessary for the plot. Honestly, Katniss is saving the world. How does she have time for a romance?
If I did have to pick a favorite “romance novel,” it would probably be Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. I haven’t read it since high school, but I remember really connecting with Jane, a woman who just didn’t seem to fit in anywhere. It was probably something about my age. I’m a strong believer in the concept of “right book/right time.”
That’s probably the same reason I enjoyed Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the d’Ubervilles so much. It could also be considered a romance novel, but the interplay of characters was so intriguing that I couldn’t help but love the book. It’s another book I would recommend for young women, even if they don’t like romance or “stuffy old books.”
Do you read romance? What is your favorite romantic novel?
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