Romance novels?

I have read exactly one romance novel in my life. I was in my early 20s, living in an apartment in East Lansing and I was sick that day and hanging out on the couch. A roomate’s romance novel was within reach and I read it. I don’t really like romance novels. Male length? I mean, c’mon. I have always been more interested in sci-fi, classic lit, and modern novels, dystopian or not. So…

The problem is that I did NOT read the 50 Shades of Grey book but we keep seeing the movie on TV. I usually fall asleep before it ends but *should* I read it? The scene I see on TV over an over again is where Christian(?) buys a new automotive vee-hickle for Anastasia and her parents see it and process what is happening. This is not something my parents would have been happy with but there is also no way a super-rich person would have “loved me” enough to buy me an automotive vee-hickle. Every single automotive vee-hickle I have ever owned was purchased by me and the GG. My parents helped a bit with my first two but I paid them back.

So is the 50 Shades of Grey book good or not so much? Should I read it? I haven’t been inclined to. I hated Gone Girl. But…

6 Responses to “Romance novels?”

  1. isa Says:

    It’s bad!!! I borrowed it before flying back from SF once to read on the plane. Bad writing. I guess if you want to be in on the pop culture references it might be worth it but… blech.

    If you’re going to bother with any “romances” stick to Outlander (insert crying laughing emoji).

  2. jane Says:

    omg no. not even a little bit.

  3. l4827 Says:

    D says–Read “Gone Girl,” didn’t like it. Tried to read “Fifty Shades,” got to Chapter 4, really didn’t like it, writing was awful and very uninteresting. Reading “The Hobbit” currently, always a good read!

  4. Margaret Says:

    I was curious so I read the first couple pages–such terrible writing that I couldn’t continue. The same with Twilight. I do enjoy a couple of Regency romance writers because they can actually write. But I rarely read romance as a genre.

  5. Pooh Says:

    If I want a quick read, or I’m on a plane, or sick, I’d rather read young adult fiction than romance novels.* Of course, I see a lot more of YA stuff, since I’m in schools.
    I’m thinking of The Hunger Games series, Stargirl, etc.

    * Of course I love the Outlander series, but let’s call it, ahem, Historical fiction, rather than romance novels.

  6. Tonya G Watkins Says:

    I did the exact same thing Margaret did—read a few pages on Amazon and was mortified at the horrific writing. It was self-published, which always says something (bad).

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