Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Top 100 Grumblings
Ever since the results of AAR’s top 100 romances poll went up there has been a lot of discussions going on. There were some shocks, smiles and more WTFs??
On my end I did have some shocks as we all know my die hard love for The Bronze Horseman wasn’t even rated. But to be honest I knew it was going to come down to 3 books for the number one slot. I really had thought The Bronze Horseman has a very good chance of being number one of at least in the top 10. I am not an emotional person when it comes to movies or books but a book like The Horseman gave me such an emotional mind bender, that I actually had the shakes and was crying like a baby as I read. (The only other book to do this is The Stand by Stephen King where I really thought we were all going to die of some horrible virus and I would be stuck in the Lincoln Tunnel) So a novel of this magnitude should be number one on everyone’s list right?
Wrong. The two books I knew would be number one would either be Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase or Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas. I really wasn’t surprised in the least. It makes sense seeing as these two books are always discussed and loved by anyone who reads them. It comes down to two amazing heroes and their love for their heroine, including the talents of two amazing authors. (And don’t forget the really hot sex scenes!) And it also proves that Chase and Kleypas are masters at this genre because of how many of their books are in the top 100.
There is no real scientific reason and we can analyze this list till we are blue in the face, but all the normal suspects are there and the majority of the books listed are more often than not on reader’s list. About 90% of mine have been listed. Maybe the numbers are off but they are there.
What I find fascinating is that more than half listed were released during the past 5 years and the majority are all written in the 1990’s. For me the 90’s had the best romance had to offer, and it shows.
But what happened to some of our long time favorite authors such as Anne Stuart (Hello, no To Love and Dark Lord or A Rose at Midnight???) No Beatrice Small or Kathleen Woodiwiss, who is considered one of the all time greatest romance authors?
Where are the majority of some major romance classics? Jane Eyre is there and Pride and Prejudice. But no Wuthering Heights or Gone with the Wind or even Little Women?
Surprisingly there is a wide variety of novels from historical, paranormals, romantic comedy to choose from and overall I am very happy by the list.
But I have some dark secrets as a loyal romance reader. Some of these books and authors I have never read. Georgette Heyer? Nope never read her. Nora Roberts? Not a big fan but I am a die hard fan of JD Robb (GO Naked in Death!) The Outlander series by Gabaldon was thrilling to read but not on my list either. I also am not a big fan of Mary Balogh fan either.
But the biggest sin of all, and yes burn me at the stake, is that I have never read Pride and Prejudice. I have watched every screen adaptation and even saw a play a few years ago on the book, but since I have never sat down an actually read this classic, I didn’t put it down on my list.
So what does this list mean? Honestly it was done for fun. “Fun” being the key word. I am so thrilled that a poll like this was done for my favorite genre I love to read. Can you honestly say that not one of these books doesn’t deserve to be there? I can’t. Each one is special to the one person for their own reason.
So on that not I will take The Bronze Horseman (IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN THE TOP 10!!) and move it to the top of my list because it deserves to be there, but hey it’s just my opinion! :)