Ever since I was a young girl, I have loved to read. I believe that this love of reading has shaped my personality and vocabulary to a great extent. However, I cannot tell you how many times in my life I have picked up a book to read, only to throw it in the trash with absolute disgust or promptly return it to the library.
I find that most books written today are not worth reading. Let me explain why. Books are very powerful teaching tools. When you read a book, you are trying to understand the thinking, motives, and actions of someone else. This can thereafter influence the way you think, reason, and act. If the persons you are reading about are thinking, reasoning, and acting in immoral, dishonest, or violent ways, you cannot escape unscathed.
This is why there is a great need for more clean romance novels. Louisa May Alcott, a wonderful example of a clean romance novel author, once wrote about how to determine if a novel is worth reading or not. She basically said that what is not fit to be read out loud in front of others, should not be read in private. I have used this standard for years to help me select literature that is truly worth reading.
While it is a struggle to find clean literature, it is not impossible. Some authors that I have enjoyed over the years are Jane Austen, Louisa May Alcott, Elizabeth Gaskell, Kate Douglas Wiggins, Cid Ricketts Sumner, and Charlotte Bronte. I have scoured their bibliographies to try to read everything they wrote.
I am very excited to learn that Donna Hatch is only interested in writing clean romance novels. I doubted at first whether or not someone could still feel this way, but when I read that she refused to write in sex scenes to her books, I became instantly interested. We need more writers like her who refuse to pander to the tastes of the degraded majority of the populace.
It is true that sex sells, but if an author is only interested in making money, the literature he or she writes will not really be worth anything. It will only serve to poison the minds of its readers and prompt them to live lives that make them miserable.
Some may think this is the opinion of a group of old maids who have boring lives, but I am living proof that reading clean literature can contribute to a happy fulfilled life. I am 30 and happily married to a man who watches movies and reads books like Pride and Prejudice with me. I waited to get married until I was 29, because I wanted to be sure of my decision. It may also surprise some to find out that when I married, I was able to give my husband the most precious gift of chastity. If people read more clean literature, they could live happily ever after too.