In Defense of Drivel

I read and write M/M Romance novels, what I call Bubble Bath books because — never mind. These books have zero angst and a happy ending. No child molestation, no sexual assault, no creepy serial killers; nothing that’s going to keep me up at night trying to erase an image I wish I’d never read.

No, they’re not literature. No, they won’t help me heal the ozone layer or tell me how to get that next promotion. No, they are not kernels of wisdom from the great minds of our time — and that’s the point. They are an escape from the aggravations of real life. They are a mini-vacation. They are an opportunity to turn my mind off. They keep me sane.

Is it a waste of time to sit in a hot tub, to get a massage, to go camping, or sit by a lake and torture poor unsuspecting fish? No? Oh, it’s relaxing… exactly.

It is not a waste of time to read drivel.

Gena Showalter, author of The Darkest Night, refers to romance novels as fairy tales for grown-ups.  Who needs Disney?  🙂

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9 thoughts on “In Defense of Drivel

  1. I think gay romance novels sometimes do more than entertain. They can also present an affirmative picture of who we are. TIGERS AND DEVILS by Sean Kennedy is a good example. More for the relationship than the social commentary.


    1. An affirmative picture, yes. Also, gay romance novels portray how diverse the community is. People are more than stereotypes.
      Thanks for the Tigers and Devils suggestion. I just downloaded a sample. 🙂

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      1. I like “Something Different” by T. Baggins and “Secret Light” by Z.A. Maxfield.
        I’m on a plane for way too many hours in a few days, “Tigers and Devils” will be on my Kindle 🙂


  2. I’ve actually thought about trying to write one myself. But I haven’t a clue where to start. I seem only capable of writing 500 words – all disconnected – at a time.

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    1. It seems daunting when you think “BOOK” , but 500 words at a time is all it takes. Some days, I’m lucky if I get 50 done. The way your mind works, the connections you pull out of thin air…you could definitely write one.
      You’re looking at your first sale, right here… Well, not right there, all the way over here in Toronto, but Amazon works every where 🙂

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  3. I sincerely hope no one tries to make you feel bad for writing “bubble bath books.” Let me tell you, I’m about 30 percent of the way through your book now (sorry, I told you I’m *so* slow right now) and I’ve been loving it. The few minutes a day I get to spend with Etienne and company are exactly what you described—a lovely escape. Your writing is comfortable and engaging, and the story is absolutely delicious.

    It seems like you know exactly what you’ve got here, and that is awesome. Consider me officially a fan. 😊


    1. On one of my wanders through Google, I found a quote by a romance writer. She said, “Romance is the whipping boy of the fictional genres.” Harsh, right?
      Glad you’re enjoying the book.
      I know you’re waiting for your own book to come back from the editor, and I know you’re not good at waiting (Bed in a Box) so I’m sure you can use a few minutes of escape right now. 🙂

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      1. Haha, I sure can! Soon enough. In any case, I bet more than a few critics of the genre could be caught reading it when they think no one is looking. 😉

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