In a Morning Coffee of about a year ago, we asked our readers What's the Last Non-Romance Novel You Read?, and our commenters chimed in with many book and even genre answers.
We already know romance readers like to read genres other than romance; after all, if could be argued (and has been, by me) that ALL books with a conflict involve the love of something—or else why do it? In non-romance books, that love could be of power, or the truth, or resolving a family issue, or anything, but there is a deeply strong emotion involved.
When we talk about non-romance books that romance fans love, a few titles recur over and over again:
George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series
Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series
Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series
Suzanne Collins's Hunger Games series
So what makes these books in particular so appealing to romance fans? First of all, it's noticeable that three out of these four have a different world than ours, a fantasy, if you will, spun by the author.
They all have strong female characters and the actions of those characters affect everyone in the book. In all but Martin's series, the lead character is female.
While many of these series haven't been finished yet (curse you, George R.R.!), the romantic entanglements remain a critical part of the story.
What other books do non-romance fans like? Why do you think these books and series are so popular with romance readers?