I have to admit I’m a hopeless romantic. I just love stories where boy meets girl, you throw in a little conflict (okay a lot), but everything works out in the end, and of course, they live happily ever after.
There’s nothing wrong with romance and wanting the happily ever after, but if you’re only reading one genre (romance, scifi, mystery, horror) you’re limiting yourself. I never really thought that much about it, until I read a blog on why I should be reading all genres.
From my perspective, I write romance. I need to know what’s out there and what’s selling. How do other romance authors handle the physical and emotional sides of the relationships?
All of these reasons are valid, and I should be reading romance. But you know what? That novel has a lot more than romance in it. At least it had better have, if I want to keep my readers’ attention.
I may be great at developing a romantic relationship between my hero and heroine, but I had better be able to create the mystery and suspense necessary to keep my readers’ turning the page.
You may be writing a sci-fi novel, but odds are there’s a romance between your two main characters, and no one can explain why the lab assistant is lying on the floor dead, and there’s a hole in the wall leading into the parking lot.
You can’t just read sci-fi and expect to be a well rounded writer. You might find yourself creating awesome aliens, but lacking when it comes to developing a relationship between the hero and heroine.
Reading different genres will make you a stronger writer. You’ll be introduced to new worlds and situations that would never arise in your typical horror, sci-fi, romance, or fantasy. Reading different genres will open your mind and encourage you to take risks that you may have never considered.
If that’s not enough, reading different genres will also allow you to read as a reader. Instead of focusing on the author’s style, you can simply enjoy the experience of reading 🙂
Hope this helped.
2 thoughts on “Read It All!”
I’m confused: You’re saying that even science fiction usually has a romance thread in it, so writers of science ficiton need to read actual romance novels in order to learn how to write a love story… But if science fiction does often have romance in it, why can’t sci-fi writers learn how to write romance in sci-fi from reading sci-fi stories that contain romance, instead of having to read mundane/contemporary romances?
(One of my favorite science fiction novels is also a romantic comedy. Since at least two sci-fi authors whose work I like are fans of Georgette Heyer and say they were influenced by her hisrorical romances, I’m probably studying her writing secondhand anyway, and learning how to make the love-story thread an integral part of the sci-fi novel instead of just tacked on because ‘readers expect it.’)
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Lol! I’m a Georgette Heyer fan as well.
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