Monday, March 17, 2008

Guys Read Romance, Too...Who Knew?

"A true man does not need to romance a different girl every night, a true man romances the same girl for the rest of her life." ~Ana Alas

So I was visiting my sister and brother-in-law over the weekend, and I saw his latest book lying on the kitchen counter (he's a pretty avid reader, so he gets props from me anyway). It was this thick, blue-covered book: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.

He said, "Oh, that's an awesome book. A friend sent it to me, and I can't put it down." I read the back cover, looked up at him and said, "You know this is a romance novel, right?"

He blinked and said, "Well, yeah, but I like the way she uses all these really accurate historic details. I like when it's history plus the love story too."

I just smiled.

Then, later that evening, my sister had some friends over, and I was talking to one woman who went to school with us. She said, "Oh, my older brother asked me when your book was coming out. I said to him, 'Um, I'm not sure that's really your thing. You know it's a romance novel, right?' He said, 'So? I just want an autographed copy.'"

Mind you, this is a guy I barely knew in school. I don't think I would know him if I tripped over him. And yeah, probably he wants the autograph of a local author more than to read the book. But who knows? It's still kind of cool to hear a comment like that :)


Diane Craver said...

Very cool, Allie. And thank goodness, some guys aren't afraid to read romances.

windycindy said...

Men had me fooled! It is good to know, though. He wants an autographed copy. That is neat.....Cindi

Dru said...

I think that is great the he reads romance in the guise of historical fiction.

Judy Thomas said...

I think it's funny about your BIL liking romance...and I have to agree with him.. it's an awesome book (don't ask Marianne... she hates

Ally at the CataNetwork said...

That is cool. I've read a couple with my dh. Other than that, I'm not sure I know many men who read them. There are some fabulous thick historicals with romantic elements coming out these days. We're reviewing lots of them for singletitles and I'm sure these are the kinds of books that guys would love. My dh and dad both love history. If only I could get them to review them. Hah. :)