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Subject: 2011 Annual Reader Poll Results are in
Date Posted: 2/22/2011 10:22 AM ET
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You can find them here: 2011 Annual Reader Poll Results

While I'm happy to see Julie James in there for best contemporary novel, it seems like the same old, same old (Lisa Kleypas, Loretta Chase) for your historicals and best characters. Not that that's necessarily bad, but I don't know if I agree with those results.



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Date Posted: 2/22/2011 4:31 PM ET
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Lisa Kleypas and Loretta Chase always seem to win a lot of these awards.  I would like to see new blood in the winners circle.   Meljean Brook was mentioned a couple of times for The Iron Duke.  I have that in my TBR.   I will have to read it soon as it sounds like people liked the book.  I loved that Elena Deveraux from Archangel's Kiss was named most kickass herione.  I love Elena and Raphael.

Date Posted: 2/22/2011 5:52 PM ET
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I find it amusing that Patience won for Best Romantica but also for Most Disappointing Romance.....lol

Date Posted: 2/22/2011 5:54 PM ET
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Michelle, it often happens that way!

Date Posted: 2/22/2011 8:14 PM ET
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Sorry, but could someone tell me what exactly is Romantica?  

Date Posted: 2/22/2011 8:35 PM ET
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According to Ellora's Cave the definition to romantica is:

Erotic romance is defined by us as: any work of literature that is both romantic and sexually explicit in nature. Within this genre, the main protagonists develop "in love" feelings for one another that culminate in a monogamous relationship.

Romantica® doesn't begin from the premise that women's sexual experiences are dirty and therefore in need of being perfumed up by flowery phrases. The premise of Romantica™ is that women's sexual experiences are legitimate, positive, and beautiful.

Ellora's Cave Romantica® must be both erotic and romantic.

  ~ The sexual relationship must be integral to and an important element of the storyline and the character development. Sex scenes should contribute to furthering the plot or affecting the development of the romantic relationship or the growth of the characters.
  ~ The story must include abundant and explicit sex and sexual tension, starting early and continuing throughout. Sex scenes must be described in graphic detail and explicit wording, not delicate euphemisms or purple prose.
  ~ The story must meet the definition of a romance novel: the primary focus must be on the development of a romantic relationship, and there must be an emotionally satisfying committed ending for the main characters.

 

Date Posted: 2/22/2011 8:40 PM ET
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Okay, the "no purple prose" part of the definition should have disqualified Patience right off the bat. ;-)

Date Posted: 2/22/2011 8:41 PM ET
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So it's basically erotica, thanks Arica!  I guess in regards to Lisa Kleypas and Loretta Chase, the more popular an author that more books read the more people know the stories, the more likely they're going to vote for those books.  Is it just a popularity contest?

Date Posted: 2/26/2011 4:42 PM ET
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Seems to me t,he last 2 years readers who are voting may have changed, meaning more newer readers who perhaps haven't read as many historicals as others, with other long-time readers who have read more not voting.  Could be wrong, but I wonder, I used to agree with more of the results.  I can agree with Julie James, but tho I love Loretta Chase, this wasn't one of my favorites by her.  I thought books like The Summer of You by Kate Noble and I Kissed an Earl by Julie Anne Long, for instance were top stories, better than the CHase. I did like both Kleypas a lot and saw quite a few who raved around, so I guess I can see her wins.  I did notice that Kleypas appeared a lot in their last Top 100 poll, so that too makes me think newer readers participating going with their favorite authors.  Still, it's fun to see the results.

Date Posted: 2/26/2011 7:37 PM ET
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Who nominates these books and votes for them???  I read a LOT of books (usually 3-4 a week) and I haven't read any on this list.  Most I haven't even heard of.  Heck, I haven't even heard of most of these authors, much less read anything that they've written.

Date Posted: 2/26/2011 8:01 PM ET
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I voted, though only a few of my choices made it anywhere.  I actually loved Last Night's Scandal, but the heroine seems polarizing based on the reviews I've read.  Either you find her amusing or don't care for her.  I like Lisa Kleypas, but I wasn't a big fan of Married By Morning or Love in the Afternoon, though I thought Love in The Afternoon was much better paced.  I don't read many contemporaries, so it's not a schocker that I haven't read those.