Is the Romance Genre still going strong?


Never before, in recorded history, have women been able to do so much and become whoever we wish to be. We can be astronauts, chefs, mechanics, or even the President.

So we don’t need romance, right?

Wrong.

Romance is everywhere. Don’t let your friend, spouse, or anyone else tell you the Romance genre is fading.

Romance Writers of America indicated that romance was the top-performing category in the bestseller lists in 2012 accounting for $1.438 billion in sales. [1]
(source: Business of Consumer Book Publishing 2013)
·         Romance was the top-performing category on the best-seller lists in 2012 (across the NYT, USA Today, and PW best-seller lists).
·         Romance fiction sales are estimated at $1.350 billion for 2013.
·         74.8 million people read at least one romance novel in 2008. (source: RWA Reader Survey)

Romance is not only a genre of books, it’s everywhere: TV, movies, and even other books that are not labeled ‘romance’. 

For example, the new movie The Wolverine, there is a love interest. TV shows like The Game of Thrones have romance sprinkled among the battles and plots. Pick up a fantasy book; chances are there will be at least a romantic thread in the story.

So why aren’t these labeled as romances? Two reasons, I believe: one is that the romance is a secondary part of the story, and two, there is no guarantee of a HEA (Happily Ever After).

The romance genre has matured since I was a young teen sneaking into my mother’s hidden library. No longer are the stories purely focused on lovemaking, but now romance novels have enthralling plots, intrigue, or mesmerizing characters.

Within the romance genre there are so many wonderful categories to choose from: Contemporary, Historical, Suspense, Paranormal, Christian, Erotica, New Adult, Regency, Category, Time Travel, and more.

I would say that the romance genre is not only going strong, but has improved and will continue to astound us.
Bibliography:
[1] RWA Romance Writers of America:  http://www.rwa.org/p/cm/ld/fid=580

THE GARNET DAGGER

Forbidden to cross the Elvin barrier into human lands, Brock cannot sate his curiosity. Cursed by a vampyre bite that forces him to feed on the life-essence of others, he is unable to touch another without taking their life. Chained by prophesy, he must find a witch, pierce her heart, and draw her blood for his cure.

Celeste must escape the monks who have held her prisoner for years. Her magic has been kept dormant by her captors. An ancient powerful Warloc craves her powers. If he succeeds in devouring her magic, she and the world will die.

When Brock falls in love with Celeste before realizing her demise is his cure, will love triumph over his desire to be healed? Will he risk everything to save her from a Warloc, an oath breaker, who also wants her dead?

Sensuality Level: Sensual

14 comments

  1. Thank you for having me on Just Paranormal Romance today.

  2. Romance is definitely everywhere! Even as a secondary plot, there’s always something romantic going on. Great post 🙂

    • Thank you. I agree it’s funny to see ‘action’ movies that my husband and 18yr old son are ok with watching and find a romance going on too and they are fine with that, but not ‘romantic’ movies. 😉

  3. I agree. Romance is stronger than ever and there are so many more options for readers. Great post. I tweeted.

  4. I completely agree! The romance genre is broader than ever and offers so much for readers!! Wonderful post 🙂 Enjoyed the excerpt!!

  5. Excellent post, Andrea. As the old saying goes, “Love makes the world go ’round.”

  6. Yes, romance is alive and well. There’s something for everyone’s tastes too, which I think will only make the genre grow.

  7. There’s always a little bit of romance everywhere. Great post!!

  8. I’m a day late,but excellent stats. Thanks for reporting them. It gives the 2 million authors writing romance hope. 🙂