I usually ignore dismissive attitudes. Life is short and precious, and I don't like to waste any of it on ugly feelings.
This time, however, it was a direct question and merited a response.
Life can be very, very hard. To prove it, spend about ten minutes on local or national news broadcasts. The world can be full of pain, hatred, cruelty, and prejudice. As a teacher, I see the up close and personal results of some of these and I can't always make it better. That's hard.
Personally, I need something else in my fiction. We all have different ways of coping, and reading & writing help me cope with the ugliness that exists. I read a lot of genres (always have), but I've settled on writing Romance.
For me, Romance is about a lot of things.
- Self-awareness and self-belief
- Striving for positive change
- Learning how to cope with setbacks
And a whole lot more. But, most of all (for me), Romance is about Hope.
Hope can change a day around, change an attitude, change a future, and, yes, it can change the world. Hope is sometimes all a person has.
Romance offers that Hope. It reminds us that, with some hard work, we can achieve a Happy Ending.
So, no, I won't apologize for bothering to write Romance, or for reading it.
I won't apologize for enjoying reading and writing all kinds of other genres either. Every book I read (and every story I write) offers something different. Each one changes me a little bit, hopefully for the better.
I hope all writers and readers love the best parts of their genres the way I love the Hope that Romance brings to me.
How about you? What's the best part of your favourite genre?