Which one is better? The genres weigh in with their take.
It’s the age-old question that’s been around for as long as books have. Do romance books top mystery? Or is it the other way around? To settle this, I’ve asked the two genres to each make their case on why their books are better.
Romance: There’s no question, romance is better. Everyone loves a good romance.
Mystery: Not everyone. There was no romance in Sherlock Holmes or Agatha Christie books.
Romance: So what? Those are only two authors.
Mystery: Two famous, deceased authors whose books are still being read today.
Romance: There are famous romance authors who have died but whose books are still being read.
Mystery: Like who?
Romance: Jane Austen.
Mystery: That’s a book about manners.
Romance: Oh, la-di-da. That’s what English Literature would say. Are you trying to make yourself more sophisticated?
Mystery: My point is that there is nothing that beats a solid mystery.
Romance: Then why is romance always the number one selling genre?
Mystery: That depends on how you count it. Numbers lie, you know.
Romance: That sounds like an excuse.
Mystery: No, it’s not an excuse. But you and I both know that mysteries pop up in all sorts of genres, like fantasy and sci-fi.
Romance: So does romance.
Mystery: More mystery than romance.
Romance: And what is that based on? Numbers? You just said numbers lie.
Mystery: Not because of numbers, but because mysteries are more interesting. Who can’t resist a good who done it, or trying to guess the deadly secret hidden from the main character?
Romance: Just like who can’t resist a happily ever after love story, where everyone discovers their soulmate in the end.
Mystery: Mysteries can also be happily ever after. The main character solves the crime, the bad guy goes to jail. That’s definitely happily ever after.
Romance: But everyone wants to be loved. Not everyone wants to solve a mystery.
Mystery: But everyone wants to see justice done and for people to get what they deserve.
Romance: Which they do in a romance. They get love.
Mystery: Love is highly overrated.
Romance: You’re just jealous because no one loves you.
Romantic Suspense: Hey, guys. Why can’t we all get along? There’s a place for BOTH mystery and romance. Why not combine forces and everyone wins?
Mystery: Oh, shut up, Romantic Suspense. No one asked you.
Romance: This is always what happens when you start to mix genres. Now everyone thinks they’re an expert.