Valentine’s Day is knocking on our door, FIFTY SHADES OF GREY is about to hit theaters, along with a handful of other similar chick flicks, and the book industry is doing its annual Romance genre push which got me thinking. Do holidays have a different meaning for readers? Do you see Halloween as an excuse to get your horror fix on? Do you like to indulge in winter-y themed novels during Christmas? Or do you say screw you April—you’re not the boss of me—I’m going to hang out with the Easter bunny in January!
Personally, I read what I want when I want, and I don’t let the calendar dictate what titles should currently be at the top of my review mountain. The fact that I have a strong dislike for anything that makes me break out in goose bumps, and that I’m about as merry in December as the Grinch might have something to do with my self-imposed boycott of all things seasonal too. Plus, I don’t exactly need a reason to crack open a Romance novel because they are already apart of my regular rotation.
I also have the darnedest time buying into a story when it’s taken out of context. Winters in Canada are about as fun as getting a root canal, so I do NOT want to prolong the experience by chilling with Santa in July. Summer lasts four months if we’re lucky which means that anything that reminds me of snow during that precious window can go take a hike! As for the remaining eight, I want to pretend that I’m on a beach somewhere with my favourite protagonists where the only frozen water in sight is in my glass. Those cutesy tales about being trapped with your honey because of a blizzard, or first dates that involve skating & hot chocolate might be sexy if you live in Texas where as I see ’em as complete BS. Please excuse my mini rant; it hasn’t stopped snowing since last Thursday, and the only one who’s happy about it is my Alaskan Malamute.
I realize that I’m an oddball in this which is why I’m handing the floor over to you. There are tons of read-a-thons, and challenges that are holiday themed that y’all are probably participating in, so the question is:
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