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Old 01-23-2013, 10:51 AM   #46
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Originally Posted by WT Sharpe View Post
I'm glad Lois McMaster Bujold 's Shards of Honor isn't in the lead, and I was wrong to give a third to its nomination. It's science-fiction, not romance, and doesn't belong on the list. Stardust by Neil Gaiman is fantasy, and likewise has no business being on the list. Both of these are simply stealth candidates whose only reason for running is to circumvent the romance category.

And that's my opinion.
Portrait of Jennie <-- has a time-slip
Lolita <-- a sick man wanting a little girl
Circle of Friends <-- description reads nothing like a romance
The Greatest Knight <-- description reads like a typical poor knight rises to fame type story
Shards of Honor <-- has science fiction elements to it
Outlander <-- has time-travel and the description says nothing about romance or love
Water for Elephants <-- description read nothing like a romance
A Town Like Alice <-- description reads more like the girl is looking for the hero to thank him for his help
Love Story <-- description doesn't read like a romance
Stardust <-- has fantasy elements

Now, after reading all the descriptions, Shards of Honor and Stardust do sound more like romances then everything else.

Should we be clamping down on what's nominated so we don't get books that only maybe sort of fit and books that don't actually fit (like Cloud Atlas)?

In your opinion, what is romance?

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