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.
Through that long and lasting journey, romance has cultivated a reputation. For the diehard enthusiast, it is a positive one – a love for books that represent female stories, friendships and love. For the uneducated, myths abound about the role of romance and how it impacts our world. I’d like to set a few of those straight.
Romance celebrates the woman’s story all on its own, whether that’s at work, at home or wherever. It validates our belief that our stories matter.
The discussion is ongoing, but the panel was insightful, educational and full of actionable steps that authors, readers, and industry professionals can take to further an fully inclusive, fully intersectional romance genre.
And in knowing better, and understanding that romance is both subversive and aggressively feminist and forward thinking, I now hold it to a much higher standard than I ever did in the past.
So what’s my ideal romance hero, well it’s not so much about the packaging as what’s really inside.
Troubleshooters is an example of prime, important, top-shelf romance. It is progressive and lasting and does not shy away from difficult social or political topics. One of those topics being Sam Starrett.
We spoke about the wage gap, fists in the air feminist issues last week, so let’s think a little smaller now and discuss an issue that, though subtle, though nuanced, is just as feminist and just as important. Food shaming in romance novels.
It wasn’t until I got older that I realized that promise, that paradise of women working as directors and doctors and lawyers, comes with strings attached