9 Responses

  1. susana
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    Although I like romance a lot, I must recognise I enjoy a book more if it includes other topics, specially social issues or things related to the world and its problems at the time the story is set. So the answer is yes, I like my romance with a pinch of reality to the side… 😉

  2. Nessa
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    Beautiful post. 🌹

  3. debby236
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    I like when current topics are part of a book. I do read as a form of escape but I can do both.

  4. jenf27
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    I agree with Susan. I like books to contain other topics, issues etc along with the romance. I often learn things or think about something in a new way.

    P.S. I definitely want to read your holiday story so I can pretend for a bit that the epilogue is true.

  5. heath0043
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    I love reading romance that include social issues. It seems to give me another point of view on things even if I don’t agree.

  6. Cornelia
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    I like other social topics along with romance.

  7. lisa
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    If I were reading a contemporary with gay MCs written in the late 80s and there were no mention of the HIV/AIDS crisis I would wonder why it wasn’t mentioned since it was such a huge issue at that point in time. So yes, having the issues of the time in a contemporary story is important for me. Thanks for the post.

  8. H.B.
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    Thank you for the post. When reading i don’t really want to hear or see any current events presented. i don’t mind if it’s several years down the line but I just can’t do it when it’s happening at present. I read to escape real life social topics.

  9. 16forward
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    Reading contemporary romances, which realistically include references to the politics and current events, is a natural part of living. If you’ve set a story in Florida during the time frame of attack on the club how can you not have characters touched in one way or another? Just as you wouldn’t write a story set in Alabama during the 60’s with black characters and not mention the riots, marches and inequalities. Escape is one thing. Burying your head in the sand, not so much…


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