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Subject: Romance novels seen as escapism in bad economy
Date Posted: 5/29/2009 10:46 AM ET
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There is an article on MSNBC today about how the sales of romance novels are up because of the bad economy.  Beer sales and movie tickets are also up if anyone is interested in that.  Here is the link to the article: http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/30986580/?gt1=43001

Date Posted: 5/29/2009 11:47 AM ET
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Nice to see the rest of the world catching up- I've been using romance novels as an escape since I was about 14!

Date Posted: 5/29/2009 11:52 AM ET
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Same here, Leslie.

Date Posted: 5/29/2009 12:24 PM ET
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I look at books as a form of entertainment.  Alot cheaper than going to the movies and I do love a good book. 

Date Posted: 5/30/2009 10:37 AM ET
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Been reading them since I was probably 12.  I started out on the teen romances and have never looked back.

Date Posted: 5/30/2009 2:10 PM ET
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Same here Sheri....Books are cheap entertainment...you can use your imagination to make for a happy place!! :)

Date Posted: 5/30/2009 2:43 PM ET
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Started with Nancy Drew for me...c'mon, Ned, just kiss her and be done with it already!  ha ha

And now because of PBS, I'm so cheap, I won't even buy books at WalMart.  I was standing in the book aisle of WalMart today, looking at all the books I have on my WL...Lord Ian for $5.97, Not Quite a Husband for $4.97...I couldn't even make myself pick them up!  I have a healthly supply of TBR and credits, so I'll just wait my turn.

Date Posted: 5/30/2009 6:34 PM ET
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My theory - with money tight, people are less willing to buy the sort of books they think they should read and more willing to pay money on something that's actually satisfying. ;-)

Date Posted: 6/7/2009 8:43 PM ET
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"My theory - with money tight, people are less willing to buy the sort of books they think they should read and more willing to pay money on something that's actually satisfying. ;-)"


The day I realized that I need to stop worrying about I should read and read what was fun to me, no matter what other people thought of them, a beautiful day.   Away depressing and "life changing literature"!  More laughs and happy endings!!  Ahhh...

Date Posted: 6/8/2009 9:26 AM ET
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I started reading romances in 1987.  Remember it well.  Before that it was all biographies and Orwell and Upton Sinclair.  I found that romances very fun and enjoyable.  And the authors do their research and portray history accurately.  HATE it when people say they read trashy romance novels- no one ever says "I read trashy sci-fi novels".   Now I read whatever catches my eye - no matter the genre.  A good author is a good author no matter what. 

Betsy in MI

Date Posted: 6/8/2009 10:13 AM ET
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When things are not going well here at home, i love to pick up a book and just escape for a few hours!

Subject: Joined to Save Money! LOL!
Date Posted: 6/16/2009 10:15 PM ET
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It is supposed to be a way to save money on great books! The thing you don't count on is the addiction! I've spent around $400.00 since I joined 60 days ago mailing books! Yes, I have lots of credits, but I also have about 50 new authors I can't wait to read! I know! I'm hopeless! And I'm loving it!

Date Posted: 6/16/2009 10:38 PM ET
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I spend the money I would have spent on books on postage now.  I rarely buy any books new.  Don't need to, I'm content to wait out the WL or buy it cheapre used.

I started reading romances when I was 12 also.  Started out with the teenage ones and have moved right along into adult ones.

Date Posted: 6/16/2009 11:23 PM ET
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Books have always been about escaping.  Why educators insist on making reading a chore rather than a pleasure I'll never understand.  I don't HAVE to like Charles Dickens, or Nathenial Hawthorne or Herman Melville.  As it happens, I like Shakespear, but really, what 15 year old needs to be brow beaten with existentialism?   What's wrong with literature for entetainment?  Harry Potter?  Agatha Christie?  Treasure Island?  What do you think Dumas - father and son - were if not writers for entertainment?  Hey derring do always sold.  SO now we do derring do in Regency ballrooms, with werewolves and vampires and in space.  Whether it's togas, or chainmail or space suits, love has always been there and always will be.  Just ask Homer! (and I don't mean Simpson!  LOL)

I beg of you - do NOT make me read The Scarlett Letter or Great Expectations again.  Once was more than enough   

Date Posted: 6/17/2009 1:25 PM ET
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My friends laugh at me all the time when I tell them I looovvveee romances. 

When I read for pleasure I don't want to have to think too hard, I just want a break from using my brain too much.     I do a lot of technical reading and have returned to college so I get plenty of "thinking material".  Give me a trashy romance book anyday and I am a happy camper (or should I say happy escapee).

Date Posted: 6/21/2009 10:02 AM ET
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Same here Angela!  My friends and fam just roll thier eyes when they see my bookshelves filled with romance novels.  But to me, reading like that is for fun, escapism, etc.  I just finished a degree so I am sick of reading what is required of me! LOL

I think that is why I like historical romances so much.... I can "completely" escape!