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17 Misconceptions Romance Readers Want To Clear Up Right Now

If you think you know exactly what it is, you're probably wrong.

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Last week, BuzzFeed Books took a trip to Dallas to attend the 32nd annual RT Booklovers Convention for romance readers and writers.

We talked to some of those readers about all of the wrong assumptions people make about the genre. Here's what they had to say:
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We talked to some of those readers about all of the wrong assumptions people make about the genre. Here's what they had to say:

1. Romance and erotica aren't plotless.

"There is an actual story, not just sex." ("Although, sometimes it is [just sex], which is also fine," she added.)
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"There is an actual story, not just sex." ("Although, sometimes it is [just sex], which is also fine," she added.)

2. (Really.)

"It's not all about the SEX!"
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"It's not all about the SEX!"

3. Sometimes there isn't any sex at all!

"Romance can be clean, too!"
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"Romance can be clean, too!"

4. But when there is sex, it doesn't have to be ** A HUGE DEAL. **

"[One misconception is] if there's SEX it needs to be IMPORTANT!"
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"[One misconception is] if there's SEX it needs to be IMPORTANT!"

5. There isn't just one type of reader.

"It's not just for older adults."
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"It's not just for older adults."

6. The people who write it are smart.

"Romance writers are brilliant and kick-ass! I have worked with nautical archaeologists, scientists, Jeopardy winners!!"
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"Romance writers are brilliant and kick-ass! I have worked with nautical archaeologists, scientists, Jeopardy winners!!"

7. As are the readers.

"Smart women read romance!"
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"Smart women read romance!"

8. Not all romance is 50 Shades.

"Romance is more than billionaire assholes. (No, really.)"
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"Romance is more than billionaire assholes. (No, really.)"

9. Ditto Twilight.

"I think one of the biggest misconceptions about romance is that people think it's all about sparkly vampires and love triangles!"
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"I think one of the biggest misconceptions about romance is that people think it's all about sparkly vampires and love triangles!"

10. They aren't shallow.

"Romance characters DO have depth!"
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"Romance characters DO have depth!"

11. They have substance.

"Romance isn't hollow; it's so much more than a love story."
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"Romance isn't hollow; it's so much more than a love story."

12. This stereotype is stale.

"The 1980s called, they want their 'bodice ripper' reference back!"
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"The 1980s called, they want their 'bodice ripper' reference back!"

13. As is this one.

"Romance books are not all Mommy porn!"
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"Romance books are not all Mommy porn!"

14. Readers aren't living in a fantasy world.

"[One misconception is] that we don't know the difference between REAL and FAKE!"
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"[One misconception is] that we don't know the difference between REAL and FAKE!"

15. And they are sexy AF at any age.

"Older adults 50+ can still be sexy and not feel old!"
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"Older adults 50+ can still be sexy and not feel old!"

16. There are many types of romance.

"Romance can be with more than two people!"
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"Romance can be with more than two people!"

17. And, best of all, they're rarely exactly what you'd expect.

"Love is wonderfully unpredictable."
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"Love is wonderfully unpredictable."

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