While I came of age in the era of Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson romances, there is no doubt in my mind that we are living in the renaissance of romcoms.
Romance novels create a utopian relationship, critics often squawk. There aren’t any real men like this. Every reader or writer of the genre has heard the refrain in some way, shape or form and there’s a reason for that. It’s called sexism.
This post contains SPOILERS for Marvel’s END GAME and other films in the MCU. Not big ones, but ya know. The ensemble Avengers film, The Avengers, aired about seven years ago to the day, in May of 2012, and we were happy to get one female character of the six leads.
We’re still here. A year after the RITA awards were acknowledged as problematic and promoting of a biased system, we are once again, as a romance industry, fighting for inclusivity and equal opportunities for all authors.
I got to sit down with Kay Blake, one of the founders of Bookish Brown Girls, to hear all about this awesome reading and writing programs!
In the case of this book, I learned a little about what not to do.
Diversity in race, sexuality, socioeconomic background and more in YA books plays a fundamental role in providing young people with a sense of identity, belonging and validity. Most of the time.
If I were to explore one topic that ultimately ended up at the core of the story, it is this: Romance is a reflection of the world around it.
It’s hard not to notice that one side of my family’s history is far more represented in the romance novel.
This is the only industry where those who don’t have to be nice, are.