Good afternoon guys!
I know this is my second post today (shock). However, I’ve come across something that was interesting to me and I was curious about your thoughts.
The other day I was reading about the different types of romance and the sub genres attached to them. While doing this, I was surprised to see that some sites, bloggers, etc. classify some romance as clean, while others are not. Okay, I’m a newbie, granted, but I’ve never given this much thought. So like I do with everything else. I researched it on Google.
Apparently, clean romance is a novel that is devoid of profanity, violence and sex at minimum, as well as often a lack of drugs and alcohol in the story.
I further discovered that there are sites exclusively for these types of novels on Goodreads and Amazon. Some bloggers, websites, and even editors are very exclusive and won’t even look at a novel if it isn’t clean. I have to say I was a bit offended. I felt as if I was being discriminated against.
To put my mind at ease, I read and asked others for their opinion. Some said, “in order for a novel, romance or not, to be considered realistic it has to include the things mentioned above.”
Others think theses types of novels take away from the story and some even call them smut or pornography.
This takes me back to the days of when I was looking into traditional publishing. One of their questions for me was, “could I tone down certain words, passages, etc. and use words or terms such as velvety walls, awaiting tunnel?” I think some call it purple prose. Mind you, there is nothing wrong with these terms for some and I mean no disrespect to anyone. However, it doesn’t feel right for me.
For those of you who follow my blog, you know that I write romance and some of it is steamy with some expletives. In my world and in my opinion, it makes my novels realistic. There is a storyline for all of my novels and I hope that when the reader closes the book they walk away with a lesson learned or at least it opens their minds to something they’ve never thought about.
I was surprised to see that there is a dividing line between clean and (dirty) romance, but I guess that’s why we have choices…
What are your thoughts? Do you think that you’re only qualified as successful if your novel is clean? I am so curious.