A writer takes exception
To the methodology used by Amazon to determine the county's most romantic city. That is, Amazon culminates sales from steamy romance novels, relationship advice books, rom-com titles and a curated list of love songs to determine the list of America’s most romantic cities. Murfreesboro is number ten. I'm just glad to see Tennessee well represented on any list that uses reading as a criterion. By Shane Ryan, writing in Paste.
HOLD UP! We’re judging the romance of a city by how much shitty romantic “art” its residents consume? Sorry, Amazon, but you and I both know that the people who read romance novels, or watch rom-coms, or listen to love songs, are the saddest people in existence. They’re seeking out love stories in the absence of their own, or as a temporary cure for being perpetually heartbroken. Happy people don’t buy this crap! They just go around whistling!
And “relationship advice books”? HOW MANY ROMANTICALLY FULFILLED PEOPLE DO YOU KNOW WHO READ RELATIONSHIP ADVICE BOOKS, AMAZON?!
Come on. That’s like saying, “Milwaukee, Wisconsin is the thinnest city in America because they buy the most fad diet books.”
I can’t accept the premise, Amazon, so I’m sticking to my guns: Knoxville, TN is the saddest city in America. Here are the other sad cities that round out the top five:
1. Knoxville, Tenn.
2. Miami, Fla.
3. Orlando, Fla.
4. Alexandria, Va.
5. Vancouver, Wash.