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Did you know there is an entire literary subgenre of Amish Romance?

So Frank showed the cover of this book a few clicks downstream and obviously my first thought was that it was some kind of parody or ridiculously absurdist, over-the-top premise, like those e-books where people are fucking dinosaurs or fighting giant vagina monsters or something. In a way, both these things are true but the genre the author is writing in is a genuine thing. Evidently, many Christian women are getting their butter all churned up reading modest stories of chaste love set in Amish country. They have become so popular that they've even branched out into sub-subgenres but they always retain their core value set. Valerie Weaver-Zercher writes in the Wall Street Journal :


Although there are Amish mystery novels, Amish science fiction, and even several Amish vampire series ("The Amish Bloodsuckers Trilogy," for example), the plots for most Amish novels concern matters such as family conflicts, a young woman's questions about whether to join the church, disconcerting overtures from a non-Amish man, and so on. Farming, gardening, canning, quilting, making harnesses, courting in the buggy and visiting on the porch constitute characters' main activities.

Interestingly, this phenomenon may be a kind of Christian counterpart to the general obsession our society currently has with all things retro:

Amish fiction joins Ancestry.com, "Downton Abbey," heirloom tomatoes and vintage clothing in depositing us gently in the past without requiring us to loosen the vice grip on our iPhones. In what French theorist Gilles Lipovetsky has called our "hypermodern times," characterized by a high velocity of technological and social change, many people become enamored of things perceived as old, or having a direct connection to history. Ironically, given that the genre's allure is its rootedness in the simple life, Amish fiction owes its enormous success in part to the speed of hypermodern publishing. More than 150 self-published Amish e-books have been put out since 2010.

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