“Oh, you’re reading romance? You must be having problems in the bedroom, huh?”
To which I usually respond, “Oh, I see you’re reading a police procedural. You must be trying to plot a murder, huh?” Same logic, after all.
“Do you only read romance, or do you read real books, too?”
I’m guessing you prefer something less intellectual? I can recommend some Dr. Suess or picture books that might be more your speed if you don’t think romance novels are “real books.”
“Romance, huh? You mean like 50 Shades?”
Congrats on being able to name an actual romance novel. But shockingly enough, there are others! No, seriously. Go to a library if you don’t believe me.
“I watch The Notebook when it’s on sometimes”
I don’t care for cauliflower. Oh, we aren’t blurting out random facts that have no bearing whatsoever on the topic of romance novels? My bad. (And before anyone gets uppity, yes, we’re aware that The Notebook was a book before it was a movie. But watching a movie based on a book does not make anyone a romance novel expert. And that’s all I have to say about that.)
“You know it’s not real, right?”
Would you ask a fan of Game of Thrones if they were aware the dragons weren’t real? No. Therefore, asking a romance reader this question is insulting, most likely sexist, and anyone who asks this should be ashamed of themselves. Romance readers are just as aware of what’s real and what isn’t as any other reader.
“Real men aren’t perfect like those guys on the romance novel covers. Those books set up expectations that real men can never live up to.”
Guess it depends on the man, huh? We can think of a few who rival any book cover model out there. And they aren’t all in Hollywood!
“All those books are exactly the same.”
Yep. It’s a billion dollar a year industry where people read up to 10 books a week in that genre...and every one of those books is exactly the same. Anyone who considers saying something this stupid should probably just shut up.
“That’s just mommy porn.”
It’s not even statistically possible for all the romance readers in the world to be mommies. There’s too many of them. And people who say this obviously don’t have any idea what porn is. But why even argue? Just go ahead and call them a dumbass and be done with it.
“Anyone can write romance. I could write a romance.”
That’s true. Anyone can write romance. But not everyone can write READABLE romance that’s actually good. That’s the tricky part. That’s why our favorite authors are our rock stars. And to anyone who still thinks they can write good romance, I say: I double-dog dare you! I hope you can. I can never have too much reading material!