By Lidia, Harlequin Presents fan
As an avid reader of Harlequin Presents romances, it thrilled me to write a blog on this site.
I began to read HPs when they were first published. I went to school in the evenings for both my undergraduate and graduate degrees. During that time I had a long commute by bus every day â€“ and read on the bus every day. Between work and studying I wanted to read something for relaxation â€“ HPs filled that need. They were pure entertainment, something that I truly needed.
HPs have a great number of talented and wonderful authors. It amazes me how many of the early authors are still writing today. They were able to move on with the times and write stories that are acceptable today.
The authors come from all different parts of the world. Each and every one of them is unique. One of the drawbacks to this is that sometimes they end up writing about something that is acceptable in their part of the world but not elsewhere.
For example, in the U.S. it is against the law (in almost all of the states) for first cousins to marry (the heroineâ€™s and heroâ€™s parents are siblings and they have the same grandparents). Yet in Europe, even if that is not encouraged, it is not illegal.
Iâ€™ve read books with first cousins and theyâ€™ve turned me off. I realize that it is a cultural thing â€“ but I canâ€™t get past it. Being brought up to think that is illegal and immoral had a huge impact on me. Have you encountered this type of situation with a different cultural difference? Where you able to enjoy the book regardless?
This is interesting to me because it goes beyond what someone may consider to be a â€œhot button.â€ We all have our â€œhot buttonsâ€ as to what we donâ€™t like to read. This is different because it is based on our upbringing and cultural differences; it is not a personal like/dislike.