Horror and Romance - Break Your Book Slump

If you’re struggling to read right now, you’re not alone —  a ton of people are reporting book slumps like no ones business. And to be honest, it makes sense —  most people are dealing with a lot of stress right now. For over a year, we have been confronted with our own mortality in dealing with a global pandemic.

We have also been confronted with the duality of life —  joy and grief, birth and death. These themes have become inescapable in our daily lives. This is why I’m recommending alternating romance and horror to break your book slump. It will help you feel connected with the good, the bad, and the ugly of humanity in a time when it’s quite frankly really easy to feel isolated. 

It may seem like a weird pairing on the surface, but I promise you, it’s not. Gothic horror and gothic romance actually share a common ancestor, so it’s not that far-fetched of an idea to pair them together. In the late 1700’s, the Romanticism movement saw the birth of the Gothic literature genre. A lot of the themes and tropes present in horror were also present in romance novels, at least in Gothic horror and romance. And the great thing about modern-day horror and romance is that there are SO MANY subgenres to choose from. 

After the horrors of the pandemic and societal implications surrounding it, you may need help processing the events of the last year. Horror books will offer a glimpse behind the mask of everyday cruelties that can seem slippery or hard to face head-on. It helps us understand the roots of horrible acts in our world too. At its core, horror seeks to remind us all that we can fight the atrocities in our world and come out victorious, even if bruised and a little worse for wear.

Alternatively, romance has a balancing effect, bringing joy and consolation to you in a time where comfort can be hard to come by.  We often seek out romance novels because of the need for an optimistic and hopeful plot. Romance novels encourage empathy and increase our emotional awareness of other people. We find comfort in the stability and familiarity of an ending that’s happily ever after, every time! 

So, you may have been skeptical initially but I hope now you see that horror and romance are like cheese and crackers (or Sour Patch Kids?) Anyway, what I’m getting at is they make an unlikely pair but they balance your reading palette quite nicely. Try it for yourself!

References:

https://www.npr.org/2018/08/05/635052036/reading-horror-can-arm-us-against-a-horrifying-world

https://penandthepad.com/types-gothic-fiction-8585244.html

https://mrusbooksnreviews.com/15-reasons-why-read-romance

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