There has recently been a bit of a groundswell in defense of the romance genre. First, academics began to take the romance genre on as a subject of study. Then, there was the Library of Congress symposium that I covered here previously. Following that several different articles have appeared, including one in Smithsonian Magazine, discussing the new book by Maya Rodale – “Dangerous Books for Girls” – which came out in May and defending the genre.
I’ve always found it interesting that the most popular genre in terms of books read – the genre that pretty much has kept publishing profitable – has been treated with such disdain. I’m glad it appears that readers, authors, academics, and media are pushing back. If you are one who has considered romance beneath you, perhaps you should take the opportunity of Read a Romance Month to actually read a few romance novels and see why they are so popular.