Here are a few links to posts I particularly enjoyed this week.
Limecello is pondering at The Good, The Bad and The Unread.
Jessica has another thought-provoking post at Racy Romance Reviews. She asks: Who Speaks for Romance and What Do They Say About Us?
Reading Jessica’s post, two things struck me. Firstly, the negative perception of romance readers has not changed over the years, despite some recent positive coverage. Secondly, the media used to solicit opinions from a wider range of readers, whereas it’s now narrowed to just a couple of bloggers. My response: no one speaks FOR me, nor do I speak FOR anyone else. And absolutely no one tells me what to think.
In my not so humble opinion, romance readers and authors can be overly defensive of the genre. I don’t see why they should bother. Sales of romance novels should speak for themselves. Let’s take a look at the Romance Writers of America’s latest statistics on Romance Market Share in Comparison to Other Genres:
- Romance fiction: $1.37 billion in estimated revenue for 2008
- Religion/inspirational: $800 million
- Mystery: $668 million
- Science fiction/fantasy: $551 million
- Classic literary fiction: $446 million
Do you care what people think of your preference for romance novels? I have to say that I’m beyond caring. I’m not looking to convert the masses. Tastes differ. The romance genre won’t appeal to everyone. Those who dismiss it without giving it an honest try might be depriving themselves of some good books. But that is their problem.
On that merry note, I wish you all a nice weekend!