According to the RWA Romance Writers of America, romance books account for over 13% of books sold. That is the highest percentage of any genre. Even in the down economy with falling book sales, romance books still dominate the market. Yet, romance novels take a beating in mainstream press and in literary circles. They are often looked down on as “those books”.
At the turn of the century, romance novel featuring strong female characters were considered “dangerous” to women. For a fascinating, contemporary look at romance novels, the romance genre, and the media’s regard for the romance novel, take a peek at this video.