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Classic Romance?

I'll tell you now: I am not a “classics” fan, and I am not a romance fan. All those books we were supposed to read in school? I hated them. I even skipped or didn't finish several, and I was not the type of student who skipped assignments. I tried revisiting a few when I was older, hoping maybe I would 'get' them better, but...nope. Not my bag. I am a happy genre gal, fully okay with reveling in spec fic. Science fiction, fantasy, AU, dystopian – those are my worlds. Now, I like me some erotica, especially of the BDSM variety, but the romance formulas tend to bug me. I like it spicy, and I like the FMC to be strong and fully empowered.

So I've been leery about the 'classic romance' item on the 50 Book Challenge. I've recently started Chivalry, by James Branch Cabell, but I don't think that counts. As for the ones Google lists, I've snagged a few free ebooks. Which do you think I might actually enjoy? I might be able to find others through the library ebook loan, if you think there's one that's right up my alley. I'm purposefully avoiding Princess Bride, even though I've never read the book, but I want something 100% new for me.

Pride & Prejudice

Wuthering Heights


Little Women



Jun. 30th, 2015 09:30 pm (UTC)
"I Capture the Castle" sounds a lot like my house! I'll have to see if I can get that through the library. Sounds interesting. Thanks!

Eden really likes Little Women, and she wants me to read it at some point, but if it's not a romance, I don't know. I read the first couple chapters of her book and wondered if it had been dumbed down for kids. I wasn't particularly interested.
Jul. 1st, 2015 11:50 am (UTC)
It's a kid's book, so it wouldn't have been dumbed down. I love it, but it's more of a historical book than a romance, although there are relationships in it. I mean, if Little Women is a romance, then so's What Katy Did...
Jul. 1st, 2015 05:17 pm (UTC)
Okay, I didn't realize it was a kid's book to start with. I may finish it at some point since I already started it, but not as my romance book.