Ok I'm heated, I admit it. I was just on facebook this morning, another reason I shouldn't procrastinate by going on facebook. a friend from childhood, and another who was, helping me edit my novel, were pushing to ban Romance novels, now ok so she just posted a note.
I admit I'm biased as I'm a romance novelist, an author who will probably write in may different genres before my life is over. But I take offense at anyone who wants to ban a romance novel because they are unrealistic. Like I said in my response to her note, the reader is usually smart enough to to know the difference between fact and fiction, and be willing to suspend their disbelief in the case of some of the authors that have been published.
It really does piss me off when someone decides to put down romance novels as a whole when they don't even read the genre. Don't put down something you don't read, it obviously wasn't written for you.
All I'm asking is that if you don't like them fine, but don't put down the millions of intelligent readers out there by declaring them dumb for reading romance novels, when all they are doing is seeking an escape from everyday life. They know what is fact and fiction, and want a little fantasy thrown in for good measure.