Harlot vs. Virgin

June 01, 2011

I spend half my time reading YA and the other Romance novels.  Thanks to my OLBFF Nicole, my reading habits have split.  And I have to say, I love the romance smut!  Now with that said, I feel like a total cheater.  Or maybe a hypocrite.

It feels like such a double standard to love the Romance genres (equally as YA I might add) but write YA.  Can you really love the innocence and strained sexual abstinence of YA and also appreciate/crave the raw pleasure of Romance? 

I’m here to say yes, you can be a harlot and a virgin at the same time!  (Literarily speaking of course.) All while remaining true the genre you write.  But never fear, I do not desire to be a romance writer…yet.  Maybe someday my course may change but for now, I’m Team YA.

So how about you, do you feel you are cheating on the genre you are writing for?

Oh, and by the way, if you are not reading any Romance Novels, I fully recommend you get your inner smut on!

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  1. I fully enjoy my liaisons with all genres! I'll read anything and everything except horror. Whoa, maybe I need to talk to someone about my wild literary deceptions. Haha!

  2. Laura - Ha! Liaison, that's exactly how I feel when I'm reading Romance. I like to think Romance is what my YA male protag grows up to be. ;)

    I swing with other genres occasionally but not often. Good for you to be such a well rounded reader.

  3. You know, I don't read romance. I always want to, but I never end up doing it.

  4. Confessions of a High School Teacher...Well, if you ever want to start, just holla' because I know some good'ens. ;)

  5. I'm a cheater too--at least with my reading. LOL
    I technically read romance but I add YA and some other genres too, but mostly YA.
    I really do enjoy both!

  6. Jennifer, we should have a Romance Cheaters Anonymous group for YA writers. A confessional to purge the guilt we feel for our poor abstinent teen protags. I sometimes (but rarely though) read other genres but Romance really makes me feel like a YA adulterer. Thanks for commenting!


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