Hello all, question: Who likes a good shifter romance? What about a vampire romance? Well, if you do, you’re going to totally relate to this post. If you’re a romance lover, and love an occasional horror flick, but never thought about blending the two genres in your reading choices, think again and read on. You never know what delights are in store.
There’s a lot that draws readers to a specific genre like speculative romance. For some, it’s a love of fantasy and the supernatural, while others just enjoy a good story regardless of the literary category. But once you’re hooked, there’s a lot more to be gained from a speculative romance novel than the entertainment it provides. In fact, you may benefit from reading this genre in ways you never noticed before.
Take a look at some of these added perks that come with treating yourself to reading speculative romance.
Live Out Your Fantasies
Unfortunately, the current state of the world doesn’t necessarily allow for sex that’s hot, spontaneous, a little dangerous, supernatural, or post-apocalyptic. Thankfully, however, there are books like Black Dog And Rebel Rose and Stealing Breath that captivate readers and provide them with a similar (yet much, much safer) fantasy experience.
In this post for Acculturated, writer Melanie Wilcox explains that indulging in quality romance can make readers feel as though they’re right in the middle of the action. Not only can you get your zombie fighting and vampire hunting on with speculative novels, but you’re also granted an inside look at an amazing love story to boot. So whether your fantasy involves being whisked off your feet, fighting evil overlords, or a little bit of both, this genre has you covered.
Increase Your Empathy
According to this article from Refine The Mind, reading fiction can provide the reader with “insight into human behaviour, motivation, and perception.” As a result, “[t]his allows us to better understand how societies operate, why people are living in particular ways, and how to maintain good relationships.”
Speculative romance is especially useful in this regard because of the genre’s tendency to suspend reality. Using what’s exemplified in the novels, you can learn to approach your own conflicts with a more open mind, embrace those who are different, and see things from a new perspective.
Turn Up the Heat
As Adam and Eve outline here, romance novels (especially those with fantastical elements) can help put you in the mood for intimacy while providing you with ideas on new ways to spice things up. Are things getting a little routine between the sheets? Why not try that move that had you hot and bothered from your last chapter? How about reading the steamy parts aloud to one another to spur your imaginations?!
Better yet, try a little role-playing on for size. Make your fantasy come true by acting out some of your favourite sexy scenes—wigs and sexy costumes optional.
There’s a lot more to this genre than meets the eye. Along with providing entertainment and education, speculative romance can help with your relationships while allowing you to experience things you otherwise cannot. That is, unless, you know of another place where you can simultaneously fall in love and fight off zombies.
What about you?
Do you write speculative romance?
Do you read it ( love it)? Agree with these benefits?
Who’s you favourite speculative romance hero?