So, this is the idea - I agree with Mr. Sturgeon: ninety per cent of everything is crap. It’s also true in the romance genre. Well, perhaps ninety per cent is too much. In this blog I want to write about the other ten per cent, about ‘The best of the romance genre’, which is as good as anything written in other fiction genres. Even those novels that only get a 1-star review in my blog are better than the great majority of what you can find out there. I don’t want to loose my time and money –or yours- with books that are not worth the effort.
Why did I create this blog?I explained it in the first post (2014/02/21) of this blog, called “Presentación”.To sum it up: I read many different books. The majority of them get a lot of attention and reviews. But this does not happen with the romance novels. They sell a lot, but deserve very few critical attention. So I decided to focus my efforts in this genre. A blog allows me to have creative control about what I want to say and how to say it. And about the books I want to review.
Reading public of this blog.When I write a review I always think about a reader of this genre. I’m not writing for the publishing companies or the writers. If anybody that works in the publishing business comes here, enjoy it and discover jewels that have not been yet translated to Spanish.I don’t review by command. I don’t give advice, I’m neither a beta reader nor an editor. It would be very interesting, but I have no time or qualification for those things.
What can you find in my blog?
Mainly, my totally subjective opinion about certain novels. Each reader is a whole world in itself. Nobody has the last word about any book. Here I show, in the form of reviews, my personal experience. And some articles about the genre. Even, once in a while, personal posts about other topics.
What you will not find here?As a rule, I don’t give information about new books unless they are great and I don’t interview writers. I don’t organize game shows, I don’t give books as gifts. There are other blogs and webpages that do this and they are great. I don’t sell books and this is not a blog to download books for free. And I don’t publish original fiction.
Update 2021/10/20. This is not a political blog, so that kind of comments will be erased, it doesn't matter if they come from the left or the right, even if I agree with them. I my blog to be sure for everybody, just to enjoy romance novels without feeling uncomfortable.
forty something,５０... happily married for more than 2530 years and living in Cantabria (Northern Spain).I have no patience with fools, so I loose it more than once with myself.I have many interests outside the books I read, but as this is a blog about romance novels, talking about these other things would be irrelevant.
As a reader. They have always told me that I learnt to read all on my own. I think I was eager to start reading books. I’m a reader-1. OC. If I don’t have a book, I’d read the leaflet of your last gadget, the phone book or the label in your shampoo bottle.2. Indiscriminate. I read fiction and non fiction, literary fiction and popular fiction. A little bit of Sci-Fi, some suspense, many historical novels and a lot of romance.3. Law-abiding. The books that I read have been purchased by me, or a friend has lent them to me, or I get them from a library. Or I got them in NetGalley. Let me tell you something. Piracy is not new. It’s the price we pay to have ways for the printing press and the digital archives. It’s not the end of the world. The criminal law in Spain about these things is a) disproportionate, and b) useless, as it has not prevented Spain to reach the first place of Europe in ilegal downloading, and one of the first in the worls. Having said that, we don’t have a ‘right to have for free’ the work of others (that’s called slavery). And I don’t give a friendly ear to those who whine about ‘how expensive books are’. Compared to what? Football tickets? You can always go to a library or to a second hand book store. There’s an exception of course –Australia, I simply can’t believe how expensive books are in that country!4. From the 19th century. I don’t remember the name of that writer that boasted that he ‘didn’t write for 19th century readers’. If you take into account that the 19th century was the time when literature won new readers that up to that momento were marginalised, as children, women or workers, I’m very proud to be included in that disdained group of 19th century readers. As Pío Baroja said, a novel must be entertainig. So yes, I want: setup, conflict, and resolution. I like stories with a plot, multidimensional characters and a setting that makes me travel to a different time or place. No, I don’t want books that are just like a sitcom script or pure formal experiments.
Experience.Before this blog, my experience in Internet 2.0 was: a) editing in the Spanish wikipedia (a lot, I’m –with a different nick- in the Top 500 editors; b) leaving comments in pages and blogs; and c) publishing reviews, articles and debates in El rincón de la novela romántica.
Google + me dejó a mi. Yo dejé a Twitter. La vida es corta y no puedo perder el tiempo con cosas que son cada vez más irrelevantes en un ambiente cada vez más crispado.Contact. E-mail: email@example.com
Google + left me, and I left Twitter. Life is short and I cannot lose my time with things that are each time more irrelevant in an more tense atmosphere.
One last thing, my haggard name is Connie Capwell-Carlyle!