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  • Our guest blog post winner

    Fri, 01 Jul 2011 08:36

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    We had some wonderful entries, so thank you to everyone who took the time and effort to write in. But we had to have a winner and that is Thalia Troianou:

    "I cannot claim that the very first book I ever read was romantic fiction. Far from it. I think I started reading fantasy and science fiction when I was in my early teens and to this day I enjoy losing myself in different worlds and dimensions. But romantic fiction was always around in my house. When we moved to a new country my mother would read romances to help her with the language and my grandmother is such a huge fan of the genre that almost her entire library is comprised of romantic fiction books. But strangely enough the first romance I ever read was a book I borrowed from a girl at a summer camp. To his day I still remember the plot and the look of the book. It wasn't a masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination; comparing it to the plethora of romantic fiction books I've read since I can safely say that it was below average. But its impact on me was tremendous. For the first time I read a story about the relationship between a couple, the interactions between two people of the opposite sex. It wasn't about the physical relationship; most of the books then did not contain any graphic descriptions of sex, and to be honest I was not yet old enough to actually know what exactly a physical relationship meant. But the story itself fascinated me. As soon as I got back from the summer camp I read all the romantic fiction books we had at home and then I started on my grandmother's library. It took a while to realize that real life did not always include a happily ever after like the books did, but still all these books helped me see, and partly learn about, situations I had never encountered before. Many people look at romantic fantasy and scorn it but the right book - even a romantic fiction book - can teach you something interesting and useful, especially as a young adult trying to make sense of the world.
    I still read romantic fiction. I read it for fun, for relaxing and sometimes for my peace of mind as it has helped me through really difficult stages of my life. When everything around you is falling to pieces and there's nothing you can do but struggle and endure, a good book - especially a fun book with a happy ending - can make life a little more bearable (at least for me).
    So really romantic fiction is a big part of my reading library and my life. And it always will be.
    P.S. I cannot help but recommend a few of my absolutely favorite books, books I've read so many times that they fell apart and I had to buy them again, even though I can quote them almost verbatim. Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen and North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell are three masterpieces everyone should read."
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