The rise of romance fiction - what do you think?

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Finn665 Wed 11-May-16 09:11:53

Hello everyone,

I hope it's okay that I'm posting on here - I'm studying a part time MA in Professional Writing. As part of an industry analysis module I have decided to focus on growing reader interest around romance and erotic fiction. I need to include primary research, and I wondered if anyone would be happy to answer the following questions - this is just for my essay and won't be published anywhere. I'd love to know:

- Do you engage with romance fiction, either the sweeter Mills & Boon novels or more erotic novels such as 50 Shades of Grey? If you're an avid romance reader, why do you enjoy it? Have your tastes changed over the years, are you more liberal? What would you like to see more of?

- Would you ever go to a romance fiction event to meet like minded people?

- Romance fiction, especially novels which lean into erotica, have been labelled as 'mum porn' or similar. What do you think about this? Do you like it, dislike it, or does it make you feel like your part of a community?

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks, Kaylie x

AdrenalineFudge Wed 11-May-16 11:31:12

I don't think you are posting in the right section Kaylie. Perhaps report your thread and ask HQ to move it to either journo requests or somewhere better suited?

To answer your questions however, I heavily dislike romance fiction when it's waaay over the top; as you mention Mills & Boon - that sort of thing makes me cringe.

50 shades of grey is equally shite - it's basically an emotionally abusive relationship dressed up as some sort of coming-of-age story.

I'd never countenance going to a romance fiction event. I think I'd have more fun poking my eyeballs with needles.

I think the term 'mum porn' is disparaging, as if all across the country there are women hoovering and dusting window sills but will occasionally stop to sneak in a cheeky thrill of a very tame nature.

HTH.

UptownFunk00 Wed 11-May-16 11:45:47

Maybe what we're reading might be better, lots of readers in that section of all genres.

To answer your questions:
- Do you engage with romance fiction, either the sweeter Mills & Boon novels or more erotic novels such as 50 Shades of Grey? If you're an avid romance reader, why do you enjoy it? Have your tastes changed over the years, are you more liberal? What would you like to see more of?
I'm not a fan of specific romance fiction but I love it as a sub genre. So for example supernatural romance, espionage romance, fantasy with elements of romance. I don't like sickly sweet romance fiction or too run of the mill. Erotic is fine with me but I like it in a book that has content, not just sex. Liberal? Sure, but not a fan of 50 shades as its not remotely realistic. M&B is a bit too purple prose for me.

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- Would you ever go to a romance fiction event to meet like minded people?
No I find the romance a personal one, unlike say horror where you can share it together.

- Romance fiction, especially novels which lean into erotica, have been labelled as 'mum porn' or similar. What do you think about this? Do you like it, dislike it, or does it make you feel like your part of a community?

I don't think it's Mum porn - but labels are that, putting things into categories. I personally just read it and don't label myself.

Hope that helps smile

RebeccaMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 11-May-16 12:58:08

Hi there,

We've moved this over to our Not For Profit survey section now.

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