A Softer Side of Romance

August 5, 2011 at 12:08 am 5 comments

I am currently obsessed with a new show, and I’ll admit, it is a little shameful, but sometimes you have to have a guilty pleasure that you watch in your room, on your laptop, where no one can see you. And then you blog about it. See Oxygen, a completely random poppier and fluffier version of Lifetime, has this new show, The Glee Project, which is a reality show for the next Glee star.  I know. Really? How much can you milk Glee for before everything goes dry…because one TV show, touring concerts, and now a 3D movie? Those things just aren’t enough. You need a reality show. Duh.

But, back on track. See on TGP (The Glee Project), there’s this contestant, Cameron, and I think he is just dreamy. Too precious. Cute, great voice, hipster style, Christian extraordinaire.

And I have been a HUGE Cameron fan since Day 1. Literally. He was my fav. And then he was asked to kiss a girl and things started to spiral down hill from there.  Oh poor baby. Kissing can be scary. What if she had bad breath? What if she was a succubus? What if by kissing Hannah, he was thrown into a counter fairytale universe where he became a new Sleeping Beauty and the world ends? What then?!?

So Cameron, being a sensible young man, did what any ambitious contestant on a reality show would do. He quit. Because he was asked to kiss someone. And I just have to say: Bad Cameron, bad! Where does that leave me, the secret viewer with a voice crush on you? Huh? Huh?

But in Cameron’s defense…you can have love without the smut. Which made me think of two things: the TLC show 19 Kids and Counting which is not relevant to this blog at all, and one of my favorite types of romance: the Inspirational Fiction romance.

Yes, there are Christian romances.  People don’t tend to believe me when I tell them this.  They think, “Sex? Jesus? Romance? What?” But no. Misconception #1: Not all romances are smutty.  They are not porn thank you very much. They are love driven plots that can typically–but not always–include expressions of physical passion. Jeez. And Christian readers love love too.  It’s kinda a tenant of their faith. Love. So of course they have love stories. Read the Song of Songs.

Love. It can be sweet and nice and it doesn’t have to be all physical. So here’s to you all you Christian love stories! Keeping romance alive in a softer way! And if you want more inspiration try Courting Trouble by Deanne Gist. It’s cute, sweet, romantic, and about a spirited 30-year-old looking for love in the 19th century.  I loved it. I also didn’t realize it was inspirational until I was in over half way. Always a good sign!

Romantic Question: What do you think about inspiring love? Do you think Inspirational fiction can mainstream, or are you like Cameron and not see the two worlds merging?


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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Spencer  |  August 5, 2011 at 7:40 am

    I really enjoyed reading this post because it gave me a lot to think about regarding inspirational romance. To be honest, I tend to leanore toward the… sexier type of romance novels because I like my plots hot and spicy (like my hot wings), but I’m interested in seeing how the opposite end of the spectrum does things. However, I do have this misconception that all inspys have a religious undertone, which kind of turns me off, because I don’t want to be preached to when I read. I know I’m being silly, though, because they’re not all like that. I guess what I’m saying is that I could use some recommendations for “softer” romances that don’t necessarily require you to hold hands with Jesus… That’s where you come in 😉

  • 2. Spencer A. Freeman  |  August 5, 2011 at 7:42 am

    Ack! Stupid iPhone autocorrect — I meant *lean more toward!

  • 3. Lizzie  |  August 8, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    Haha don’t get me wrong, I love the steamy ones! But yeah, I would try Gist. She doesn’t do the whole preachy thing! At least I didnt notice any excessive preaching….

  • 4. Nicola O.  |  August 9, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    Hmmm. I don’t know. I completely agree that you can have a perfectly fine romance without explicit sex, but I do think there needs to be some sexual tension. Not sure how that plays out in the inspirational genre. And yes, I’m a bit leery of the holding hands with Jesus part too.

    Inspirational is pretty much synonymous with Christian, correct? I mean, are there Buddhist or Jewish inspirationals?

    • 5. Lizzie  |  August 10, 2011 at 11:58 am

      Haha I would love to see a Buddhist inspirational but alas, yes, they are mainly Christian. The inspirational romances that I’ve read and enjoyed –cause the preachy ones where they confess their joint love for God don’t really tickle my fancy — but the ones that I like are similar to YA romances. They have heat and passion but on a PG/PG-13 scale. Which can be refreshing. There’s that epic kiss that changes everything. But no bedroom time.


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