I remember the first time I read my first romance novel. I couldn't believe how much the author included. It was well written and kept my attention. I read it on one night because I refused to put it down without knowing how it ended. The novel had romance (very explicit sex scenes), vampires, werewolves and everything under the sun. I didn't think anything of it until I read the reviews that said it was not realistic. And that bothered me. When did fiction become realistic and why should it? The definition for fiction is literature in the form of prose, especially short stories and novels, that describes imaginary events and people.
It doesn't have to be real. If the author decides to include real events in their novel it is up to them. But for readers to expect that a fictional novel need to be realistic is a bit crazy. I love reading about werewolves, and vampires falling in love. The possibility of building a brand new world that will never existed before. One of the main reason I read fiction novels is so that I can be pulled from my own reality and drawn into another world that is so unbelievable by the stretch of the imagination. Reading about characters who can overcome their own struggles by the end of the novel leaving the reader satisfied.
This also brings up another point. I see and hear conversations of readers who want to know everything that is in a novel before they open it. I find that a bit ridiculous. Where is the surprise of reading something for the pleasure of just, reading? I will admit I read more HEA novels because well that is what I enjoy reading. But I will not put a novel down because it might not have a trigger in it because it is not for me. It might sound as if I'm going off on a tangent and really I'm not. I love reading just as much as I love writing. I appreciated the agony writers went through even before I started writing a couple of years ago. I understood even then, the amount of time they sacrificed to give us a story to read and gush over. I don't read for reality sake I read for an unbelievable world where everything is impossible. And I hope you do as well.
Lover of all things sweet, fluffy and romantic