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I joined this wonderful group on Goodreads called Clean Romance. I was thrilled that there is a group of people on Goodreads that love Clean Romance!
However, I was a little taken aback at one of their discussions. They were discussing whether or not 'Breaking Dawn' should be labeled as Clean Romance.
I have to say, this shocked me.
My opinion is that 'Breaking Dawn' is very clean. I also feel that it sets a very good example to teens. Bella and Edward wait till marriage for intimacy. Yes, there is a honeymoon night scene, but there are no explicit details.
This discussion was eye-opening to me! Call me naive, but I thought I was writing Clean (Adult) Romance! Come to find out, there are many who would not consider my Romance novels to be clean!
It made me think. Clearly, everyone will have a different opinion on this matter. What is acceptable to some, is not acceptable to another.
I accept that. I respect that.
I believe it's time to define Clean Romance.
I've come up with a rating scale:
(Five Shades of Clean)
(Five Shades of Clean)
1. A light-hearted, fluffy read about a couple falling in love. Slightly comedic. They hold hands and experience 1-2 chaste kisses. That's it.
2. A story about a couple who are falling in love, but they deal with some serious issues. Light kissing scenes occur a few times within the book.
4. A deep read wherein the couple fall in love amidst extreme angst. The love story is intense and passionate. They save intimacy till marriage. After marriage, they make love in ‘fade-to-black-close-the-bedroom-door-scenes.’ There are NO explicit details.
5. A love story about a couple. They make love before marriage, but there are no explicit details.
So, here's what you'll get in my books: #4!!!
Some people don't want to read about intimacy AT ALL, and that's their personal decision.
But if you feel this way, then maybe Romance novels are not for you!
Clean Romance to me does not mean no intimacy. Clean Romance to me is intimacy within the bounds of marriage, with no explicit details.
In the end, all I know is that I don’t write smut. Maybe that’s what I should label my books as: NOT SMUT. How’s that for a description?
I'd LOVE to hear your thoughts on this. How do you define Clean Romance?