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message 1: by John (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:58PM) (new)

John | 8 comments I should say that I have never read anything by her. I post here as I get the impression that she's in the same league as Jodi Picoult? True?

message 2: by Tara (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:08PM) (new)

Tara (tara_n) | 66 comments I've also never read Nora Roberts, but I see a lot of people reading her books. I see them everywhere and I think I always just was turned off by the titles or descriptions of the books. I felt that way for a long time about Danielle Steele, but I read 2 of her books and was impressed with those. I can't say I'll read more by Danielle Steele and I don't think I'm going to pick up Nora Roberts. Is there anyone out there who really loves Nora Roberts? If so, tell me what I'm missing out on.

message 3: by Xysea (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:08PM) (new)

Xysea  (xysea) To me, Nora Robers is treacle for the 60-80 set. A lot like Danielle Steele.

(That is not a favorable comparison).

message 4: by Ellis (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:09PM) (new)

Ellis | 1 comments Come on, Nora Roberts = Romance. And the Romance section is one that I would personally love to burn. Let's face it, I'm a book snob. (see: And when I ask someone "who's your favorite author" and they respond with something like Danielle Steele, Nora Roberts or one of other "pink brigade", I cringe a little bit.

However, I personally wouldn't put Jodi Picoult in the same category. I'm not saying she's high art but I also wouldn't categorize her as romance. Popular Fiction is more like it. And she's a better writer than she's often given credit for.

message 5: by Merrin (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:09PM) (new)

Merrin | 9 comments There was a time in my life when I would have said Nora Roberts was my favorite author. Even now, when I definitely think I've pulled myself out of that godforsaken hole, I still read her new things when they come out.

I wouldn't place her in Jodi Picoult's category because Picoult (from what I've seen, I've only read one of her books) doesn't recycle her story lines and characters in quite the same way that Roberts does. Roberts has three female characters she writes and three male characters she writes and she'll put A, B, or C together with A, B, or C and you know from the second chapter which they are and how they'll come together in the end.

She's definitely romance, as Ellis says, even when she's being listed by publishers in other genres. The main thrust of the story is still to get the two main characters together, and there will be sex, dogs, and rock music, because Roberts likes to thinks she's hip and with it.

message 6: by Tara (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:12PM) (new)

Tara (tara_n) | 66 comments I have read several Jodi Picoult books and I agree, she's more Popular Fiction.

I guess I didn't realize that Nora Roberts and Danielle Steele were romance, but it makes perfect sense. I mean, the two Danielle Steele books I read had two main characters trying whatever they could to have as much sex as possible given their circumstances. I always think of Romance as the books that have Fabio on them, so that why I didn't categorize Steele and Roberts that way. Totally makes sense though now.

Well, I'm willing to give writers a chance, so the next time I'm at the library, maybe I'll pick up a Nora Roberts book so I can see for myself what makes her so popular. Romance isn't my usual type of book, but I don't mind a little fluff after something a little more intense or meaty.

message 7: by Erica (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:02PM) (new)

Erica Poole | 65 comments Tara, Nora Roberts has some fun fluff if you go for that type of stuff, if you don't, you (you as in people in general) are going to trash it all like some of our fellow bookies do, on principle. But I admit, I like her overall. Some of her newer stuff is really starting to show that she is running out of ideas I am sorry to say, and I haven't been a fan of her collections of short stories. They seem to be throw aways that they figure will sell just cause her name is on them, so I have stopped buying them altogether. Her trilogies seem to be the best. If you like a particular genre I can probably recommend one of her books that will fit into that genre, vaguely at least. Let me know! Nothing wrong with reading a little fluff to kill some time!

message 8: by Anne (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:02PM) (new)

Anne What's with Nora Roberts' sex scenes? She LOVES to write them, but they're all the same.

message 9: by Tina (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:02PM) (new)

Tina Nora Roberts, imo, is head and shoulders above most romance writers and a lot better than Danielle Steele whom I actively despise. De. Spise.

I would recommend picking up her In Death series that she writes under the JD Robb pseudonym. It is a lot more fun that the run of mill romance stuff. It is a futuristic/police procedural/romance hybrid.

message 10: by Erica (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:08PM) (new)

Erica Poole | 65 comments Anne, personally, after the sheer volume of romance novels that I have read, I find it hard to find many sex or romance scenes that are different at all. I personally feel that Nora is starting to recycle quite a bit, which isn't knocking her too bad considering that she has written insane amounts of books! But for a really good sex scene I like Karen Marie Moning. She writes about Scottish men, the Fae (fairies), Druids and some time travel. But OMG the scenes in The Immortal Highlander, even made my jaded senses flutter!

message 11: by Erica (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:08PM) (new)

Erica Poole | 65 comments Tina, I agree with you on the In Death series, she is still staying fresh with that one! I am behind and haven't read the last 2, but I can't wait til I get the chance to!

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