Tag: romance industry
“But for the vast majority of romance readers, the hero should be a strong, confident, swaggering alpha. “I think this is one of the problems we’re having in romance in general right now: our heroes have gotten a little too PC. We’re portraying men the way feminist ideals say they should be – respectful and consensus-building,” muses Angela Knight. “Yet women like bad boys. I suspect that’s because our inner cave woman knows Doormat Man would become Sabertooth Tiger Lunch in short order. In fact, this may be one reason why EroRom is gaining popularity so fast – writers feel free to write dominant heroes with more of an edge.”
-Ogas and Goddam, A Billion Wicked Thoughts, 97.
“According to the Romance Writers of America, romance fiction generated $1.37 billion sales in 2008. The romance genre has the single largest share of the fiction market. More people buy romances than detective novels, thrillers, science fiction, or science nonfiction. At least 74.8 million people read a romance novel in 2008… and more than 90 percent of these readers are women. To put these numbers in perspective, about 100 million men in the United States and Canada accessed online porn in 2008 – just slightly more than the number of romance readers. However, though women don’t pay for porn, they happily pay for romance. Accurate sales figures are impossible to come by in the adult industry, but there is little doubt that online pornography generated less revenue in 2008 than romance publishing.”
-Ogas and Goddam, A Billion Wicked Thoughts, (87-8).