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Mystery over Romance

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All things being equal, which would you prefer: a mystery? Or a love story?

This one is a no brainer: mystery; because I never choose to read a love story unless the book happens to be so. Mystery has a way to sustain my interest throughout the book and the delayed gratification is much more worthy of my effort than some sappy, soap-operish love story. I never read romance novels unless it’s either in the literature genre or a side story. While I like mysteries, suspense stories and thrillers, the one genre I read most often is literary fiction. But if you do want the best of both worlds, try Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, a book with so many twists and turns that leaves my heart in my mouth. du Maurier furnishes one of the best unexpected endings in my reading. On top of the surprise, the book also gives you creep with a chilling atmosphere. Did he or did he not (kill her)? It’s the perfect book to read under the cover in bed, or to barricade yourself at home with the lights off. That said, some of the greatest love stories in literature include Anna Karenina, A Room with a View, The Master and Margarita, Sense and Sensibility, and The Painted Veil—all from my favorite authors.

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  1. Rebecca is one of my favourite books of all time. It has everything in it that I want a good story to have. I wouldn’t say that I would never pick up a romance book – I like variety and to keep an open mind. Otherwise life would be boring right!? But given the hcoice I think I would almost ways go for a mystery.

  2. Now I am hunting for the Rebecca movie, which a friend said is black and white. I have purchased her short story collection Don’t Look Now and am planning to read it over the holidays. I won’t rule out romance (except the pocket romance), but between mystery and romance there is no contest!

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