Why do people like romance novels at Christmas? - Mo Fanning Author
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Why do people like romance novels at Christmas?

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Romance novels are a popular genre of literature, and many people enjoy reading them around the holiday season. There are several reasons why romance novels are particularly appealing during this time of year.

First and foremost, a whole bunch of romance novels are set during the holiday season, making them a perfect fit for this time of year. You might be ready to throw up from selection box self-indulgence, and the most effort you can manage is lifting a book. Many romance novels feature stories of love and happiness that are set against the backdrop of the holiday season, which can help readers to get into the festive spirit. Even the biggest grinch can be caught out.

Additionally, the holiday season is a time of year when people are often feeling romantic and sentimental. The cold weather, the twinkling lights, and the warm glow of the fireplace can all help to create a cosy and romantic atmosphere, making it the perfect time to curl up with a good romance novel. Obviously I’d love it if that was ‘Ghosted‘ or one of my other books, but …


The holiday season is often a time of year when people are looking for a little bit of escapism. The hustle and bustle of the holidays can be overwhelming, and reading a romance novel can provide a much-needed break from the stress of the season. A good romance novel can transport readers to a magical world where love conquers all, providing a welcome escape from the real world. Perhaps to a gay cruise heading for Florida where an estranged son is refusing to talk to his Father.

A book about the horrors of war or a novel with a bleak and unhappy ending might not be the best choice for a festive occasion like Christmas.

Finally, romance novels often have happy endings, which can be especially appealing when you’re feeling warm and fluffy. The holidays are a time of year when people are looking for a little bit of cheer and happiness, and reading a romance novel with a heartwarming ending can help to provide that.

By Mo Fanning

Mo Fanning is a British author of dark romantic comedies including the Book of the Year nominated bestseller 'The Armchair Bride', 'Rebuilding Alexandra Small' and 2022's hit holiday romcom 'Ghosted'.

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