Really bad romance novel writing

The romance novel genre has really taken a hit since Sanford and Ensign have hit the airwaves with their ravings.

First we had the sappy sentiments from Mark Sanford about having found his “soul mate” in Argentina while at the same time vowing to “fall back in love with” his wife of 20 years.   Harlequin romances are better written and have more sympathetic characters than the Sanford saga.  Didn’t the “luv gov” ever get beyond being a self-absorbed teenager?  The rest of us have long since left the  crushes of junior high behind.  Message to Mark Sanford:  grow up and shut up!  Stop rushing to the nearest microphone to share your mid-life crisis disguised as the Great Love Story of the 21st Century.

Now we have some drivel from John Ensign written to his mistress, full of maudlin statements about how “what we did together was wrong … I was selfish… interested in my own pleasure … blamed my wife.”  All of this months and months before the affair with his employee ended. We also find out that  “gifts” to his mistress and her family were made to the tune of $96K.   Was this hush money?  Who knows — and more to the point, who cares?  Go away already so we don’t have more and more breathless disclosures repeated endlessly on the 24-hour cable “news” shows.

Not only is the writing style of  Sanford and Ensign unworthy of  Harlequin romance novels the main characters are less than sympathetic.

Instead of showing up in the “romance” section of the bookstore, these two stories will provide grist for the supermarket tabloids, sandwiched in between headlines about aliens landing and Elvis sightings.

In the meantime, will someone take Sanford’s and Ensign’s microphones away.  Please.

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One Comment on “Really bad romance novel writing”

  1. Infatuation, in some societies, is considered a form of madness. Studies have found similarities between infatuation and obsessive-compulsive disorder. In both conditions levels of serotonin drop. Infatuation also increases production of cortisol, a stress hormone. Finally, a scientist at the University of London has found that when people gaze on their new love, neural brain patterns associated with social judgment are suppressed.

    All in all, love kind of leaves you obsessive, stressed, and blind! My advice to Governor Sanford is: If you’ve got all that extra love to give, get a dog. My advice to the voters: Get yourself a governor without a case of the crazies.

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