The number uno-selling genre in the entire universe, no lie, is ROMANCE. Well, and a rather new one often referred to as ‘Mom Porn’. That would mainly be the hugely popular Fifty Shades of—S & M. I have to admit, I have yet to read it, or them as there are three and now a movie. Good for the author and she certainly put a face on the self-publishing world.
Then we have this month of February and the 14th in particular and all the Hallmark cards and candy and roses and dinners out.
Why? Why do we go bonkers for the 14th? Is it romance or the love part or what?
Let’s delve a little deeper and simply do some wondering and along the way I think we’ll find our answer.
So, you’ve read author Nicholas Spark’s ‘The Notebook’, seen the movie (more than once, maybe) and who in the world hasn’t daydreamed of being ‘rescued’ from this thing called life? Strife, more like. For some it seems logging onto Zoosk (weird name people) or eHarmony or Rural-Singles-Look-Here is the answer to love. Or not.
Sure, folks want to read about love, but the actual doing love part? Not so much. So let’s give ‘em more romance. Write on!
More than half of us are now living alone. Tons and tons of people watching Netflix solo. And guess what, they’re loving it! What does it all mean? Maybe the reason romance is this huge genre is that it’s so much easier (less mess, let’s be honest here) living alone.
So—if you are single and as the 14th rolls around, give yourself a Valentine. Take yourself out for a really nice dinner, buy you some roses and a big box of chocolates and leave a lipstick smack on your own mirror!
Think of all the money/time/heartache you’ll save yourself (and your family) from.
Because, after all, YOU are never alone…sorry Mister Sparks.