Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Quotable Romance : TT #11


Since Valentine's Day is just around the corner, I thought I'd do a romance themed TT this week. Presenting 13 quotes about love and romance:



1. “Romance is the fiction that owes no allegiance to the God of things as they are. In the novel the writer's thought is tethered to probability, but in romance it ranges at will over the entire region of the imagination.” Ambrose Bierce


2. “A historical romance is the only kind of book where chastity really counts.” Barbara Cartland


3. “Love stories are probably all I've ever been able to write or want to write.” Wally Lamb


4. “Perhaps they were right in putting love into books, . . . Perhaps it could not live anywhere else.” William Faulkner


5. “Love is more pleasant than marriage for the same reason that novels are more amusing than history.” Chamfort


6. “Romance and novel paint beauty in colors more charming than nature, and describe a happiness that humans never taste. How deceptive and destructive are those pictures of consummate bliss!” Oliver Goldsmith


7. “There is no happiness in love, except at the end of an English novel.” Anthony Trollope


8. “Women want love to be a novel, men a short story.” Daphne Du Maurier


9. “I really don't like when things are all polished and perfect - the perfect love story and the hair is perfect.” Marisa Tomei


10. “Then there's the story of ill-fated love. It's universal.” Rita Moreno


11. “We always felt we have male readers who say they don't read our romance novels — but they do.” Marleah Stout


12. “I don't write romance novels, any more than Tom Clancy writes legal thrillers. Yes, I write about love and relationships and Tom Clancy writes a thriller, but what I do would not be accepted by romance publishers, since the romance genre has numerous requirements and I don't satisfy any of them. I write love stories, a completely different genre.” Nicholas Sparks

13. “Somebody would say, `Can you write us an article about big, bodice-ripping, blockbusting romance novels?' And I'd say, `Yes, of course,' because I was a hungry young journalist.” Neil Gaiman

What's your Thursday Thirteen this week?



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