Over at Dear Author Jane raised the perennial topic of reading patterns. Are we reading less? reading in different genres? different formats?
The point that struck me was her mention of category romances for a quick fix of romantic tension and happy ending. I've long treated these books as candy--not much substance, but addictive. Much harder to write than non-romance readers will have you believe. A good category romance is a treasure, a re-read mood sweetener.