Why do I read romance? Should romances be taken seriously?
Ninety-nine percent of the books I read are romances. Craft books are the other one percent. Years ago, I use to read biographies of kings, queens and Hollywood actors, and a lot of general history books for a column I wrote for my chapter newsletter.
I know some people enjoy reading books that are thought provoking, maybe that was what the reviewer meant to say. Then the author has crossed the line over to literary, and they bore me terribly. I can tell you with all certainty that's not what I write. My books will never change the world or a person's life. I write to entertain. Period.
My book is successful to me if the reader continues to turn the pages, feels pleasure and heartbreak for my hero and heroine's dilemmas and overwhelming happiness at the end. And when she closes the book, I want her to wonder when will I have another one to be released? When will the other characters get their story told?
So the answer to the first question is that I read to entertain myself. The book should make me want to know what happens next and be surprised or/and satisfied with the result. And of course, all the stuff I mentioned in the paragraph above this one.
For the second question, to me, the only seriousness involved is how the hero and heroine are going to overcome their conflict, internal and external. If the author goes into detail of how to do something or make something, then it has crossed the line into a training manual and I'm most likely skipping over that part anyway.
What about you? Why do you read romance?