Thursday's Thoughts: What Romance Novels Will Be Tomorrow's "Classics" ?

Thursday, June 10

A few weeks ago I was reading a post on Jessica's blog, Read React Review (formerly Racy Romance Reviews) titled Romance Roots:  Jane Eyre.  I enjoyed their debate about this beloved book.  Jane Eyre is considered "classic" fiction, despite it's being a romance story at heart,  and is one of my favorite reads.

Which got me to thinking... if novels like Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice are our "romance roots", than what romance stories being written today have the potential to be a future "classic" tomorrow?  Who are the new Jane Austens and Charlotte Brontes whose writing voices bring to life such memorable characters and stories that stay with you long after "The End"?  Books that go beyond being comfort reads, or "keepers" and transcend that status to become a "classic".

At the time these classics were written they were actually contemporary with their times.  These authors were writing about things that they knew...society, the limited choices women had, and the world they lived in...and let's not forget.... love.  I've been thinking about this ever since reading Jessica's post and have to admit that I'm having a hard time thinking of current authors that I read who write contemporary romances that will stand the test of time and have future generations reading them.  I'm not saying that there aren't great reads out there, but do any of them have "classic" potential?

There are so many books being published today, a true wealth of romance available to readers like myself, that maybe it's too hard to remember, or be distinguished enough for a book being written today to rise to "classic" status.  I have many books that I consider "keepers", and even though I may never re-read them, will always have a place on my bookshelves, but only one has "classic" potential, Outlander by Diana least in my eyes and even then it's a historical novel and is considered general fiction,  I will always consider it a romance.  It's not contemporary to our times like Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice were, so I disqualified it since it's not set in contemporary times.  Which brings me back to my question...What contemporary romances currently being written have the potential to be remembered and considered classics 150 years from now? Are there any, or is the idea of a "classic" no longer relevant in our world today for a variety of reasons (women's liberation, general lack of social taboos anymore, or even our short term memory want it now culture)?

When I think about it in those terms, it makes me kind of sad.  I hope that it's not true.  I hate to think that there will not be any future Lizzys or Darcys....beloved characters that will transcend time.  So I ask you again, who are your contemporary romance nominations that hold promise for future generations?  Or should I stop thinking in terms of "contemporary romance" and just go for an author who is contemporary (ie writing currently) no matter what genre or time period?

What are your thoughts, who's worthy of sitting in Jane's  vacant chair?  I'd like to know what you think.

Booklover signature (revised)
*I am an Amazon affiliate and receive a small (and I mean very small) referral fee for purchases made using a link on this blog. I don't use Amazon to earn money, I use it because the widgets are cool, easy to use, and serve my purposes to showcase books & such with minimal effort, but most importantly they have great prices and offer both new and used items. As a book addict I love that I can find just about anything I want in one place. If you are going to purchase a featured book anyway, and you know you won't pay more by using the links on this blog than you would by visiting Amazon on your own, I will be eternally grateful for supporting this blog by using the links, and don't forget that the referral fees from your purchases will sponsor the "Reader Rewards" giveaways :)


Anonymous,  June 10, 2010 at 2:24 AM  

Oooh, tough question. I definitely agree Outlander has the classic appeal, almost every romance reader I've ever met has read the book and LOVED it to bits.

I'm pretty sure it's not considered a romance, but more general fiction, but The Time Traveler's Wife could be considered a romantic classic years from now. It has the potential, I think. Though it's not very contemporary-ish... Ah, this is really difficult, LOL.

Maybe Bridget Jones's Diary? XD It's very contemporary, but then again it's a modern Pride and Prejudice... I'm sure there are plenty of books with the classic potential, I just can't think of any. :P I think the idea of a classic book is still relevant now as there are many modern classic books written only a few decades ago, but most of those seem to be general fiction type books. I vote for going for a contemporary author! I don't read a lot of contemporary romances but the names of authors seem to be more well known than their works in romance. :P

Booklover1335 June 10, 2010 at 10:17 AM  

Hey Anna,
You know I thought about Bridget Jones too, but like you said it was just a current version of the classic P & P, so I disqualified that from my list as well.

It is a tough question which is why I haven't really come up with any and was hoping that you all might think of something that I hadn't.

I think part of the problem that I keep encountering is that most books that people consider a potential new "classic" are often categorized as general fiction, much like The Time Travelers Wife that you mentioned, even though many of the books considered "classics" today are romances...written by women, for women. It's a conundrum! Thanks for your thoughts.

vvb32 reads June 12, 2010 at 11:26 PM  

Interesting question. I immediately thought of Gabaldon, but I can see why you rule her out. I wonder if the Urban Fantasy/ Paranormal romances would fit in becoming our "contemporary" classic of the future. These stories are usually filled with modern day women and sensibilities.

Post a Comment

Related Posts with Thumbnails

Post Archives


1 star 2 stars 3 stars 4 stars 5 stars Andrea Angels Anthology Aphrodisia Author's Angels Avon Awards Ballantine BDSM Berkley Billionaire Blaze Blog Hop Blue Book Trailers Booklover BookTrib Brava Candlelight Promotions Carina Character Interview Charity Chick Lit Christmas Cleis Press Conference Contemporary Contests Coupons Cover Reveal Cowboy DD Delacorte Demons Disappointments Disclosures DNF Domestic Violence Dorchester Dreamspinner Press ElaineReads ELF Ellora's Cave Entangled Publishing Erotic Romance Erotica Event Everything Else F/F Romance Fantasy Romance Favorites of 2009 Favorites of 2010 Favorites of 2011 Favorites of 2012 Favorites of 2014 Feature Feel the Heat Firemen Flipbook Forced Seduction Forever Romance Freebies Fun Friday Futuristic Gallery Ghosts Giveaway Goddess Fish Grand Central Guest Harlequin Hidden Gems Highland Romance Historical Fiction Historical Romance Holiday Theme HQN Humor Infidelity Intermix Interracial Romance Interview Irish Romance Julia Just Jinny Kensington Lendle Giveaway Librarian Links LitConnect Loose Id Loveswept M/M Romance Medieval Romance Melissa Meme Menage Menagerie Michele Military Romance MIRA Mira. Month in Review Movie Star Movies Muse Pictures Music Musician Mystery NAL New Adult Newsworthy Noble Romance Non-Fiction Novella Paranormal Romance Pierced Pirates Pocket Books Poem Poll Quickie Giveaway Quiz Random House Reading Challenges Reading Lists Recipes Reviews Riptide Publishing Rock Star Romance Hint Fiction Romantic Suspence Royal Romances Samhain Sci-Fi Scorpio M Seductive Museums Seductive Saturday Self Published Serial Novel Shapeshifters Share the Love Siren Small Town Sneak Peek Sourcebooks Spice Sports St. Martin's Steampunk Romance Summer Reads Sunday Brunch Surveys Susannah Tattoo TBR Thursday's Thoughts Time Travel Romance Tuesday Teasers Urban Fantasy Vampires Victorian Videos Vikings Virgin Western Winners

My FREE Kindle Quest

I've wanted a Kindle for what seems like forever, but haven't been able to afford it (and that's saying something since I can justify the cost of just about ANYTHING that I really want). I've tried winning one in one of the many giveaways that have taken place over the couple of years, but with no luck :( So I've decided to take matters in hand so to speak :) I've now decided that I am going to accumulate enough Swagbucks from my Swabucks searches to buy in essence my new Kindle will be FREE...funded entirely by my internet searches done on Swagbucks. I'll keep you informed of the Great Kindle Quest below (in case you're interested....if not feel free to just skip over this part, but really who wouldn't be interested in a FREE Kindle?)
Goal: $119
Current Swagbucks Amazon Gift Card balance: $90.00
If you'd like to learn how you can earn Swagbucks and earn your own Amazon Gift Cards to buy books, a Kindle or other merchandise sold at Amazon contact me and I would be more than happy to tell you how I plan to go about it. (just so you know you can earn both and gift cards on this rewards site)
Invesp landing page optimization

Book Blogs

  © Blogger template Foam by 2009

Back to TOP