I had this thought whilst listening to the Harlequin “Meet the Editor” podcast series (which keeps me amused during my daily commute to and from the office.) There are quite a number of themes that I don’t find appealing which seem to be really strong and successful in the romance genre.
Popular romance themes that I don’t like to read about include:
- Men in kilts (mainly relating to book covers) – not sure why the kilt thing seems to be so popular…is it because they’re not supposed to be wearing anything underneath?
- Secret Babies – perhaps this is because I’m not a mother and baby-related stories don’t really do it for me in general but all the Harlequin editors bring up how much they love secret baby stories – why??
- Cowboys – not sure why there is such a fascination with cowboys and stories set on ranches…nothing against it, I just don’t understand why it (above so many other things) seems to be so common
- Vampires – I am completely burnt out by vampire themes (with the exception of watching True Blood), which is kind of sad as I was a huge vampire enthusiast back in the day. I should have stopped reading after Interview with the Vampire. I’m moving onto zombies now.
On the other hand I am head over heels for regency romance, friends to lovers and paranormal beings (other than vampires) at the moment.
Which popular romance themes fail to float your boat?