Day 26 - A Book That Changed Your Opinion About Something
I've mentioned a little bit on these prompts that my reading habits weren't always nurtured as a child. One of the big culprits was my...traditional extended family. To be frank, my grandparents are stuck in the 1950s and they passed on a lot of disgusting ideas to their children and grandchildren, particularly a derision of what they consider to be women's entertainment: soap operas, romantic comedies, and romance novels.
Until I was 23, I honestly, truly thought that romance novels were disgusting smut created only to be mooned over by lonely housewives. It's how society portrays them, and it's certainly how my father and grandfather treated my grandmother's. It wasn't until I picked up this Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, Connie Brockway anthology that I saw the light. There's nothing wrong with sex and romance, (though I wish Quinn could write something other than love at first sight/whirlwind romances in this and the sequel,) and romance novels aren't something to be ashamed of reading. If you don't like them, that's cool too, but knocking them for being porn for women? Bad, wrong, and stupid.
Honorable Mentions: I'll Have What She's Having by Daniel M Kimmel and Beyond Heaving Bosoms by Sarah Wendell and Candy Tan - Analyses of the romantic comedy and romance novel genres respectively that helped me put into words why romance is awesome and why its wrong to reduce them to "women's" entertainment.