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Eh, they're written by real humans, trying their best to write something that an audience will enjoy, same as most "pulp" (ie commercial) fiction, same as much SF (much commercial SF is pretty bad of course).

I find the romance sub-genres delightful; not so much to read them (although maybe I should), but just that they exist makes me smile and appreciative of humanity.

I think that romance gets so little respect even from people who appreciate other "pulp" genres like SF or horror, has a lot to do with assumptions about genders of readers. SF has a very "unsavory" past too, but has been "recuperated" somehow. Romance stuff is just books too. I like books, and I'm glad that people still read them!

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