I’ve already written about #romanceclass back at my old blog, and again when I reviewed Like Nobody’s Watching. Today though, I wanna talk about why this community of Filipino romance readers and writers has utterly captivated my imagination – and why I think every modern-day Filipina needs to add a #romanceclass title (or two…or three…) to their TBR.
1. Supporting Filipino authors is always a worthwhile cause.
It’s very important to support your own! Storytelling has always been a huge part of Filipino culture, and Filipinos in general are such talented writers. The authors of #romanceclass bring much-needed flavor and perspective to the romance genre. And don’t lie – I know you’ve imagined what it’d be like if all those rom-coms and chick flicks had characters that looked like you and came from your background.
2. It’s fun to piss off genre snobs.
I despise pretentious genre snobs. Like, dude, let a girl live, you know? I refuse to feel guilty for the things I enjoy. Romance is just a valid a genre as literary fiction or the classics. I absolutely hate that nonsense of how only vapid, shallow people enjoy romance – and I’m downright offended by it to be honest! I work with a government think tank, am a graduate student at arguably one of the best universities in the country, have written tons of papers and treatises and attended conferences, and damn right I enjoy reading romance!
And – let’s be real – even if you were the most vapid person on earth and enjoyed romance for shallow reasons, that’s perfectly valid too. You do you, friend. Let people enjoy things, damn!
3. The #romanceclass community is warm, welcoming, and downright funny.
They’re all so cool, you guys. Talk to them on Twitter. They’re the best.
4. It’s also woke as hell.
They go to bat for LGBTQIA representation (check out Start Here, the #romanceclass anthology of LGBTQIA meet-cutes) which, even in today’s more enlightened world, is still sorely needed. Also, one time, when I pointed out that the phrasing of certain sentiments in a book were ableist, one of the editors tweeted me back acknowledging that and Mina V. Esguerra herself, the founder of #romanceclass, DM-d me to say that they were thankful for readers who pointed out slip-ups like that so they could be better in the future. Love. It.
5. The female MCs are so relatable.
Filipinas in their twenties and thirties who juggle their jobs, friends, family, and love while navigating the concrete jungle that is Manila in pursuit of their dreams and passions? Sign me the hell up!
All that said, I think readers of all genders would enjoy #romanceclass. The community is so wide, the list of books available so varied, that I’m positive there’s something for everyone. Not to mention, all the titles are hella cheap and easily available on Kindle (turn your phone into a Kindle with the app!) so honestly you have no excuse not to browse!
Love and light,