This is a meme from The Broke and the Bookish. For info about the topics and how to participate, click here.I wasn’t originally going to do this topic, but then I thought, hey, it’s summer, all I want to do is read fluffy books, and I might as well tell people why. I kind of wrote about this once before when I made the case for banterfluff, but not as structured and clarified as a ten point list. Fluff rocks. Here’s why.
Top Ten Reasons Why I Love Fluffy Romance1. It’s an escape.
Life is not always sunshine and rainbows and happiness. But in books IT TOTALLY CAN BE. There are few things I love more than, after a tough day of work, diving into a happy world where the characters are adorable and lovey dovey to each other. When they make me giggle for reals out loud, they actively make my life better.
2. The characters are easier to relate to.
I love fantasy as much as the next avid reader, but at the end of the day, being the character reader that I am, I’m only going to really find myself in fluffy contemporary romances. Their lives are not too complicated. They struggle with real world, banal, “first world” problems. They are flawed, but they learn. And they’re just trying to get through life one day at a time.
3. They make me happy.
Kind of the same as point number 1, but SERIOUSLY, these books make me so happy. Fluffy romances will often have me giggling, laughing out loud, aww-ing, and just straight up flailing in my bed. And how awesome is it that a book can have such an effect on me?
4. They’re quick to read.
Just a practical note, these books are typically short and since they can be so addictive if you’re sucked into the ship, you’ll breeze through them in no time. I’m not the fastest reader, so it does feel good when I blow through a 300 page book in one or two sittings.
5. Nostalgia feels.
The characters live lives that are more similar to my own, which means I get to be transported back to my high school days. All the typical heartbreak and drama, the fun adventures with friends and family, the classes, the studying, the anxiety, the football games… There’s something really refreshing about it.
6. SHIP. SHIP. SHIP. SHIP.
At the heart of a good fluffy book is a killer romance with an irresistible book boyfriend. WHO DOES NOT LIKE TO SWOON?
7. Fuel for daydreams.
Yep. I’m a hopeless romantic. A hopelessly 4-years-single romantic who desperately wants to dream of some lovely first kisses and the kind of chemistry and passion that give me butterflies in my stomach. Fluffy romances may not always be 100% original, but those classic moves like surprise kisses, accidental nighttime cuddling, and freaking hand holding make my heart soar every time.
8. My favorite tropes.
I’m a sucker for a few key romantic tropes, most prominently fake dating, hate-to-love romance, and best friend romance. And obviously the best place to find these are in fluffy contemporaries.
9. Significant character growth for REAL characters.
These books are often focused on the characters, and though they’re not going through BIG SAVE THE WORLD type issues, they are in that phase of self-discovery and growing in small but definitely significant ways. That’s beautiful. I’ll often read a fluffy contemporary book and learn something about myself, like my struggles with anxiety or how I need to get out of my comfort zone or how I should unapologetically be myself. Self-improvement through fluffy romance – can I get a hell yes?
10. Hope for a happy ending.
At the end of the day, being the hopeless romantic that I am, I like reading these stories and thinking that one day, that’s gonna happen to me. Because we all deserve such fluffy happiness ♥