Thursday, October 9, 2008

Too Good to be True

Book publishers did a study of devoted readers of the romance genre, seeing as how romance novels make up 50% of the American book market. They wanted to pinpoint what makes a good (to the readers) romance novel. The number one answer: the couple has to get together in a fairy-tale romance by the end. Most readers will actually skim the ending of a book before they buy it, in order to determine that there is indeed a happy ending.

I feel like this book's first page is the ending of a romance novel. An air traffic controller goes on a vacation and gets married to the man sitting next to her on the plane. If I could get past the idea that they're already happily together and married by page one, I might be able to get through the remaining 403 pages. So far no luck.

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