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I remember when I first realised I loved romance. It was after I’d seen the film The Mirror Has Two Faces, and I was talking to a friend about things we’d recently seen and what we liked about them. And I found myself doing something really weird. I kept omitting that film. I didn’t say I’d watched it. I didn’t say I’d loved it. I was ashamed of loving it, in a way I’d never really thought about before.
And then I looked back over my film watching and book reading life, and realised I’d been doing that for a long time. I was fine with admitting that I loved almost every genre, but never anything to do with romance. Romance was cheesy, and embarrassing. The film itself wasn’t very “good”.
Why did I love it?
It was at that point I started thinking: maybe it was okay that it wasn’t good. Even more radical: maybe it was good, and people were just predisposed to say otherwise. Nobody wants to praise romantic films and books – well, not unless the films and books were written by a man, or make fun of the genre, or some other thing that somehow sets them apart. The film The Notebook is “better”, because it was directed by a real director.
The same book is better, because the author actually writes “Greek Tragedies”.
But I’d had enough of that attitude. I loved that film. I loved romance. Romance was as good and awesome as other books and films were, and I didn’t care who knew it. From that point on, when anyone asked about the book I’d recently read that I’d enjoyed, I told them. Even if it had – shock horror – sex in it, I said what it was.
Often I’d even get a relieved response in reply. Oh, you liked that too? I thought no one else did! Because that’s the way we are forced to feel. That what we women like is less than. Less important, less valuable, less cool. But it isn’t. Feelings are not bad. Romantic relationships are not something to be swept under the carpet.
Romance is the best.
Charlotte Stein recommends:
These are all new-ish and up and coming authors that I think are amazing:
Questions for the Author:
Tell us about a moment in your life when you felt romance surrounding you.
I could probably list about a million moments here with my husband, but that’s pretty easy. Instead I’ll tell you about the time I first read the poem A Birthday, by Christina Rossetti. It was in class, at university. And I was bored out of my head learning about boring stuffy old male writers. Then we got to this and I was just so…excited to find something I felt completely encapsulated love and the discovery of love and the longing for love. That one line has stayed with me forever: “the birthday of my life is come, my love is come to me”. I just think that’s so remarkable and beautiful.
Tell us about someone special in your life (other than your partner) with whom you share romance.
Oh god all my Twitter pals! We pretty much talk non-stop about our crushes and our latest romance movie/book loves. Often the two coincide. Sometimes the film and book loves aren’t even romances really, but we avidly discuss all the parts of them that were romantic or should be. At the moment, we are all just waiting for the Marvel movie universe to start delivering some solid romantic relationships.
Do you have a place in the world or a sound that you equate with romance?
I think the ocean is very romantic. The sound of it, the feel of it being close by while you’re all cosied up in some cottage or apartment.
Who is your (or a) favorite romantic couple?
Sarah Connor and Kyle Reese from Terminator.
Tell us about your dream date.
My dream date was and always probably will be me and my husband at Halloween Horror Night. We went for our anniversary. It was the culmination of a love that was first built on our thirst for horror movies. It was terrifying and thrilling and fun. And he never let go of my hand when he was scared out of his mind by a zombie chasing him.
That’s love, folks.
Charlotte Stein is generously giving away two US or UK kindle copies of her latest book, Never Sweeter. To enter the giveaway, leave a comment below or on the *Facebook post you’ll find here (or both – Share the Love!) ;o) by 11:59 pm PST August 19, 2016. Good luck! (You’re free to enter if you can accept either of those platforms.)
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Charlotte Stein is the RT and DABWAHA nominated author of over fifty short stories, novellas and novels.
When not writing deeply emotional and intensely sexy books, she can be found eating jelly turtles, watching terrible sitcoms and occasionally lusting after hunks. For more on Charlotte, and to sign up for her newsletter, visit: www.charlottestein.net
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