I googled ‘romance novels’.
Top of the page, a scroll bar with Fifty Shades of Grey first (ack – hated it, stalker steals car and doesn’t stop at no – I know others loved it, but not my cuppa). Love Story – hello, she dies. No HEA. Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre were there so at least some classics were represented but there was a lot of crap there which is one of the things that, IMO, give romance novels a bad name. For example, the first article link: 20 of the Best Erotic Romance Novels of All Time, According to Readers. It’s not about the sex, folks. It’s about the relationship, the character arcs, the HEA. Although this is changing, for the most part, romance novels are by, for, and about women. But the new sub-genres that are on the LGBTQ, MFM, MMFM, FMF, etc, focus on parity with the partner. But I did find some good stuff.
An Ode to the Romance Novel. It’s Lit! This is like an advert for RWA.
The Changing Face of Romance Novels. I’ve recently read several books with heroes/heroines with disabilities. Nora Roberts has lots of characters with anxiety/OCD. Julia London’s The Devil Takes a Bride has a hero on the autism spectrum with a LOT of OCD tossed in. I wish I could remember the name of one I recently read with a character pretty deep on the spectrum.
Beyond Bodice-Rippers: How Romance Novels Came to Embrace Feminism. Here we go – this is more what a romance novel is about rather than sex – the female taking charge of her life, her sexuality, herself.
The Billion-Dollar Romance Novel Industry is Tapping into This Loyal Group with Time and Money to Spare. I had a friend recently ask me about older women in romance novels.
So at least there is some positive media about the romance novel. Have you seen any good stuff out there recently?