The Insecure Writer’s Support Group meets online, first Wednesday of every month. To sign up for the group, go here. You can also find them flitting around Twitter and Instagram (@TheIWSG)

To be fair, no one in the IWSG asked why I love romance. The actual specific question for this month was What do you consider the best characteristics of your favorite genre? But . . . I mean. Come on. We all knew SE was going to answer ‘romance! I freaking adore romance’ and come prepared with an entire listicle of what I consider the best characteristics of romance. With GIFs galore.

Have I read all the fanfics giving Rey and Kylo an actual happy ending? YOU BET YOUR BUTTERY BOOTS I HAVE.

The co-hosts keeping us on track for October (and probably shaking their heads in gentle censure of my enthusiasm right now) are Tonja Drecker, Victoria Marie Lees, Mary Aalgaard, and Sandra Cox! Go give them a comment or like because they will deserve it after having to deal with my gif listicle today.

Without further ado: A List of Why Romance is the Actual Best Genre

  • Because romance is defined by ending with a happily ever after.

Do you like to feel good after reading a book? Because I definitely like feeling good and smushy and satisfied after reading a book.

  • Because real life sucks rancid rat fruit.

Have you seen reality lately? It’s like the Stranger Things writers teamed up with Stephen King and Michael Crichton to come up with the twists for this season. 0/10 do not recommend.

  • Because the possibilities are ENDLESS

You want SciFi? There’s SciFi romance. You want a thriller? Lucky you, romantic suspense is an established sub-genre. Westerns? Got em. Time travel? Yes. Mafia, heists, or crime fiction? Goes without saying. Historical fiction? OH MY GOSH are there so many historical romances. So. Many. If you can dream it, romance can do it.

  • Because there is A+ banter and tension between the main characters.

I LIVE FOR WITTY REPARTEE. It is one of my favorite things and it makes life worth living. (It should go without saying that Thor: Ragnarok was a revelation and I now firmly support anything Taika Waititi has a hand in writing.)

  • Because it contains sexy bits, which life also sadly lacks

It’s not required to be a romance fan and love the spicy ones, but it sure does help.

  • Because reading about relationships (and mistakes, and groveling, and forgiveness) creates empathy, and can give you some great tips.