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Can men get into Romantic fiction?
My name is Justin, I am an administrator on Festival of Romance online and Mr Kate Allan. I have read one conventional romantic novel in my life if you do not count Pride and Prejudice, the Lady Soldier by my wife and Michelle Styles.
I am a history teacher by trade and can day dream and empathise with soldiers of the First World War or medieval people or practically any period of history. I am also not the conventional man in that I am not at all interested in watching sport. These questions occur to me when considering why I and most men are not interested In romantic fiction:
Is romance a female genre that it is impossible for most men to get into? Is it too female with its female heroes excluding male interest? Are men just hard wired differently to women with a view of romance that is much more situational and less relationship orientated and so do not enjoy fantasising about new or other relationships unless they are unhappy with their partner? Or am I kidding myself and do men actually fantasise about relationships via new men orientated books such as those written by Nick Hornby?
Am I simply not looking at the genre properly, letting preconceptions and stereotypes get in my way or is it simply a female orientated genre? My guess is the latter and that even if romance novels were written from a male point of view for males (not by a female author for a female audience e.g. Mr Darcy’s Diary) it still wouldn’t work?
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