Today stunk. Let’s get tat right out there. Not book related, apart from the fact that, as soon as I am done posting this, I am going to sink into a warm bath, with the requisite romance novel, and then hope there is room in the bed, now occupied my my husband and a certain four-legged little lady.
For those keeping track of this sort of thing, the book in question is this one:
Also, the four legged femme fatale to whom I alluded is this one:
Storm already had her name when she came to us, so I can’t take credit for that, but she does have a romance novel worthy name already, so I think portents are good. At any rate, it’s all of a piece, when I think about relaxing at the end of the day. Bath, bed, blanket, book, beverage…and cat. I can’t say Bengal for alliteration points, because Storm is a calico, but she did get me thinking about why the image of a reader, particularly a romance reader, is so often paired with a feline companion.
Since we are at that time of year, putting together women and cats and books can lead to talks of things mystical, which brings my tired, stressed-out brain to the point that women, books, and cats, in certain lights, talk of women and books and cats inevitably turns to talks of women and books and cats and power. What kind of power, though?
Well, actually, there are a few different sorts. but for the purposes of this discussion, we will bring it around to the subject of reading romance. What power do women get from reading (and writing) romance? We get the power of love, naturally, the power of happy endings, and, when we consider those outside the romance genre, we get the power of secrets. Whether it’s a plain heroine with a unique charm only the right hero can see, a beauty with a brain, or an unconventional woman meeting life and love on her own terms, romance heroines always have a little information that isn’t shared with the world at large, at least at first.
What could be in all of those books that give so many of us that much life? It’s long been said that some of the side-eye romance gets from those who have yet to understand, is because it is largely by women, for women (though there are certainly men who write and read it as well) and that alone can lead some people to think we’re up to…well, something. Having a darned good time counts as something, wouldn’t you say?
Women and cats, it’s often been said, do as they please, and romance heroines especially so. Not only that, but they get rewarded for it, which, on days when “real life” is a disaster conga line, makes diving into a good book, with a good buddy, some super-important self care. Who knows better how to take care of themselves than a cat, anyway?
Not sure where I was going with this, so I will wrap it here and go the one place I am sure of…into a good book, my new furbaby by my side.
So, dear readers, I turn it now over to you. Do you have a feline (or canine, avian, reptilian, rodent, etc) reading buddy? Do you like when pets of any sort have a prominent role to play in a romance novel? Pull up a seat in the comment section and tell us all about it. There’s room for everybody at this table.