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Hello, Romance Bookworms! We are finally in mid-December and the year is almost over. Obviously, we are now familiar with the Goodreads Choice Awards and I have WORDS!
Disclaimer: I read YA, so this post is NOT an attack on YA. I am just speaking out for more adult romance representation.
This is probably an unpopular opinion because I think there should be more romance categories! Why? Because it’s ROMANCE and it is the biggest genre in the industry, that’s why!
I mean, come one! There are TWO Young Adult categories. TWO! So, why can’t there be TWO romance categories? And I mean, ADULT ROMANCE. And this is not me hating on YA, it’s me disappointed that there isn’t a lot of adult romance representation.
Because EVEN IF Colleen Hoover’s Without Merit is a romance, it is classified as a YA romance so, shouldn’t it be nominated under Young Adult Fiction? Basically, it now looks like YA is getting THREE CATEGORIES. Sigh*
I am saying this because it is frustrating that not a lot of romance books get the praise they deserve. Not only that, the romance genre doesn’t get the recognition it deserves and it’s freaking annoying.
I also wish they would create a WOMEN’S FICTION section. Now, I am not a fan of this genre but I know this is very popular and definitely should have a spot in the Goodreads Choice Awards.
Do you agree with my unpopular opinion? Do you think the categories should stay the same?
I totally agree!! I don’t really think of CoHo’s book as romance and I was ticked that it won the romance category! It would be nice to have contemporary romance, historical romance, and maybe PNR/UF romance. And they should totally add a New Adult category too!
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I agree with the NA category! And yes, maybe a PNR/UF too! Maybe Contemporary and Historical romance for a start.
I would love to see the romance category expanded — YA, NA, and adult romance. I wonder why they don’t have more categories? It would make it more fun if they did, then maybe more authors could be recognized.
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I think a NA category would be an awesome addition. THIS I wasn’t thinking about. NA is also overlooked!
Carrie @ Cat on the Bookshelf says
My problem with creating a special YA Romance category (not that I haven’t marked my books as this) is that I rarely come across YA books that don’t have romance. As much as I love YA books, so many of them are romance that it feels unnecessary to have to stipulate that. I’ve never read a Colleen Hoover book, but the synopsis on Goodreads leads me to believe that it should have only been in the YA Fiction category.
I am for creating a YA Nonfiction/Memoir section of the awards. For example, How Dare the Sun Rise by Sandra Uwiringiyimana was nominated for Best Memoir & Autobiography this year. This book is absolutely a young adult book, and it should be labeled as such. I’ve found other YA memoirs and nonfiction books this year. Similar to how New Adult is overlooked, I think YA nonfiction and YA memoirs are overlooked and underappreciated.
Oh, I totally agree Carrie. I’m just not as familiar with YA and non-fiction.
Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction says
I actually didn’t realize that CoHo’s latest was YA—most of her more recent books have been New Adult (which should have its own category). It is weird that this won the romance category when it’s YA.
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Yeah. Well it IS a popularity contest so, CoHo’s fans could have voted for her regardless of what category she was under. Again, which made me think there should be more categories…