February 25, 2003

Secret Addictions

They say the first steps to recovery are denial, then acceptance. Well I may have moved past denial...but I'm not quite to acceptance yet. My name is Jade...and I have...(big breath)...an addiction to romance novels.
Why does it seem perfectly normal to enjoy dramas and romances on television and in movies, but reading romance novels bears a slight stigma of shame? I feel compelled to hide the front covers when I read them in front of anyone else. I keep my rather extensive Nora Roberts collection tucked away, in a cupboard on a bookcase, down the stairs, in my garage where no one but me sets foot. When I'm in the romance section in bookstores, I glance briefly at the titles, grab one and run. Today I bought Kurt Vonnegut's "Breakfast of Champions" and Nora Roberts' "Table for Two" (as I have eclectic tastes in literary diversions) and I kept the Vonnegut book on top to hide the steamy, scandalous Roberts' book from view.
I read romance novels with almost the same frequency as I read Austen, JK Rowling, Dumas, Kafka, Oates, Dante and Daniel Quinn, but I only admit this to my closest friends. I still skulk around hiding my books and burn with embarrasment anytime I'm caught with one. But hopefully through this session I may one day learn to recover...Well. I have no hope of recovering from my addiction to romance...but maybe I'll stop feeling so damn stupid about it.

Posted by at February 25, 2003 02:00 PM

You know it would be alright if they didn't have those damn covers that gave you away, alright and maybe the titles too. I mean don't they want to sell these things?

I went through a long period "cough middle school/high school cough" where they were a big chuck of my extra reading. I think I overdosed cause I can't really read more than one a year now, if that. Have you tried Jude Deveraux. She was my favorite. I still have a lot of her's on my bookcase.

Posted by: Nuala on February 25, 2003 02:23 PM

hmmm...the name is familiar. i may have one of hers. i'll have to consult my stash.
ya, and you definately can overdose on them (hence...addiction. would not be addiction if not unhealthy). i tend to be a binge reader myself. long whiles with normal reading, then i get this uncontrollable craving and will read like an entire trilogy. then not want to look at them again for another year or so.

Posted by: jade on February 25, 2003 02:34 PM