Being a severe book lover, I belong to several reader loops. They're
great for recommendations and to make friends who don't think you're
crazy for staying up all night to finish the latest Laurell K Hamilton. I
mean who really needs more than three hours of sleep anyway, right?
We've always taken comfort in our book-obsessed oddness, so you can imagine my surprise when a member outed her husband. It seems she'd been missing a copy of her favorite paranormal romance. She assumed she'd accidentally packed it in with her wad-o-books for the used bookstore. She resigned herself to the fact that it was gone forever…until she went into her husband's dresser drawer a few weeks later.
She'd been looking for stamps and found her romance. Hmm…When confronted with the evidence, he admitted he wanted to see what the fuss was about and, well, now he likes paranormal romance. She laughed. Very hard. In fact, everyone on the loop got a kick out of it. Why? Because there's nothing wrong with a man liking romance. In fact, it's pretty nice that he wants to read a great story about a couple who fall in love.
I've had several men at my signings, sci fi fans mostly, who enjoy the paranormal elements in The Accidental Demon Slayer series. Of course, most of them are quick to point out that they saw the book at the front of Barnes & Noble and didn't realize it was a romance at the time.
But still, I have to question a stigma where an entire group of people are somehow forbidden to enjoy a good story. It's like men somehow being forbidden to enjoy chocolate because it's a "girl thing." So what do you think? Do you know any men who read romance? And if not, I wonder what we can do to show them that it really is okay.