So, recently, there was a thread on this site about the respectability of Romance novels, and I chimed in with a few words about how I think SFF writers and Romance writers should see each other comrades-in-arms - insomuch as we both write plot driven genre fiction that often gets derided as inferior by the literary establishment. One thing led to another, it was about midnight, and somewhere in there I dared the other SciFi writers on the thread to join me in actually READING a genre Romance. We were all commenting on the genre - and we all complain about how we dread writing romantic subplots - so it seemed like a win-win. That, and it was a great opportunity for a hilarious weekly-journal thread. @Cave Troll actually took me up on the dare, and @aikoaiko suggested "Bet Me" by Jennifer Crusie when I asked for an example of a "good Romance" in terms of being respected in the community. It also won a Rita Award, so I guess that makes it objectively "good" at least in terms of awards from within the genre. That and @BayView noted how subjective "good" is in Romance, and the Crusie is a bit light and fluffy for her...this actually sealed the deal because what could be funnier than watching two starships-and-lasers types read a particularly fluffy Romance? So, we have our copies and have agreed to read two chapters per week - posting on Wednesdays. So, you all get our thoughts on Chapters 1-2 tomorrow. Hopefully this will be fun for fans of both SFF and Romance to read. Also, if any Romance writers are interested in joining us on this escapade (particularly anyone who doesn't usually engage with Science Fiction), I have a dare for you. Pick up a copy of Cixin Liu's "The Three-Body Problem" and start a companion thread titled "Romance Novelists read Hard SciFi". Here's to genre fiction, and here goes nothing!