Sarah: I just realized I don’t really have anyone I can talk romance with who remembers characters and stuff until now! Hooray! Can I just tell you how happy I am to have the opportunity to think critically and bitchily about romance novels?
Candy: I think it’s really fun to dish about romance novels with you, too. I think I’ve said this to you before, but all my friends treat my romance novel habit like a sore-ridden crack whore on a street corner: they try to pretend they don’t know it’s there.
Sarah: I am so with you on the friends don’t let friends read romance thing. I never talk about what I’m reading because I am friends with more than a few people who are very into reading Good Books and my choice of brain candy is so beneath them. I just don’t want to hear it. Even Hubby used to give me a hard time (and justifiably so when Fabio was featured on the cover) until I explained that I like romances because I like the guarantee of a happy ending, and I know with a happily ever after I will be satisfied in the end. Plus, I loooove attraction and the initial stages of a romance – and that’s the best part of any story for me. You know, the, Dang he’s HOT stage.
Candy: Yeah, the Very Tall Husband made fun of my romance books too until I pointed out that he reads and loves Terry Goodkind, who’s trashy fantasy. We actually have a pact: he’ll read a romance book if I’ll give Terry Goodkind a shot. So far neither of us has picked up the gauntlet, haha. Peple who meet me are usually surprised to find out I read romance novels because I can be such a book snob and will fucking tear books like The Stone Diaries apart for being uninteresting, overrated pieces of crap, and because I read a lot of “literary” fiction as well other forms of fiction that aren’t quite literary but are still acceptable, like science fiction, children’s books and non-fiction (mostly dealing with the sciences, I love me a good science book). Their stance is “But you have all these GOOD books, these REAL books to read, why do you read romances?” My answer is: Because I like stories with love and sex and happy endings, bitch. Leave me alone!