The Prejudices on the Novel

For the simplicity of the plots, the centrality of the theme of love and the fact of being reserved almost exclusively for a female audience, romance novels are often underestimated and considered minor literature.

It is true that romance is characterized by a romantic style, a simple language and repetitive patterns that conclude are a foregone conclusion; however, the fact that it is consumer literature, that is, that can be read easily and quickly, does not automatically mean that these are boring and shallow texts.

In my opinion, what makes a text boring is not the genre to which it belongs, but rather the superficiality in the construction of settings, the lack of psychological deepening of the characters, the absence of credible emotional levers in their span of development. And this can happen in any text, pink, yellow or fantasy that is.

The prejudice on the pink genus does not therefore make sense and should instead be replaced with the prejudice against any badly written text.

After all, the numbers on the market give reason to lovers of pink, which remains one of the genres that sells the most.

So many publishers organize specific necklaces for love novels or for subgenres that derive from pink.

But Is Pink Really Only Pink?

As we have seen, the rose genus is characterized by repetitive and fixed narrative patterns. In some ways these patterns can be a sure track for the writer to follow, but in some cases they can be a trap for his imagination and creativity.

So if you want to try your hand at writing romance novels, but you are afraid that your story will be trivial and boring, before going to work I suggest you read a lot of romance.

Read, read, read.

Especially in a genre like this, in fact, where an external view can only see fixed patterns and recurring types, a transversal reading by different authors will instead give you a clear view of the richness of the possible nuances.

Only by reading many romance novels can you in fact realize the variety of possible subgenres, the styles of writing, the potential of descriptions, the arcs of character development, the emotional tensions that love generates.

By reading many romance novels you can also understand the literary tendencies of the moment. Your goal should not be to ride the trend blindly (not all romance must necessarily have a rich male character and a little str ****!), But to know it to understand what works in that trend, what it does of those books the most read and the most appreciated.

In fact, over the decades, the pink genre has been able to adapt to the evolution of society and the female figure. While remaining faithful to the basic formula in which a dream of love is told, many contemporary romance deal with more realistic themes such as the management of an extended family or the career difficulties that a woman encounters.

The happy ending, therefore, is no longer just the affirmation of the feeling above everything, but can also correspond to the personal and social realization of the protagonist.

In this sense, pink widens and escapes from the narrow confines of the simple love story and is contaminated with other genres (comedy, adventure novel, historical novel) with the fluidity that characterizes precisely the distinction between the genres of contemporary novel.

After all, if the pink genre is so successful it is because on the one hand, with its recurring elements and its certainties, it represents a guarantee for the readers, on the other it offers infinite nuances of emotions.

It’s up to you to find yours.


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