I hesitate to be the one to point this out, but you know what's even cheaper than $2 romance novels? The library. Coincidentally, I've now decided that I've proven myself responsible enough to go to the library, so guess who hit the BBC DVDs this weekend? That'd be me!
"It's not the first time that an interest in escapist romantic fiction has coincided with depressing times – even more fundamentally depressing than the annual arrival of Valentine's Day, that is. Mills & Boon was a general publisher, specialising in sports and crafts, when it launched in 1908. It started to focus on romance when it became clear that the public needed a lift during the Depression of the 1930s. During the Second World War, when paper was rationed, it received a rare pardon; the Publishers Association intervened and the Ministry of Supplies made an exception for Mills & Boon, so important was it to maintain the morale of women who were working for the war effort. "
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Romance Novels: The Cure for Recession Depression?
I found a semi-interesting article in The Independent, "Romantic fiction: We're all heroine addicts now..." that argues--among other points--that romance novel sales have risen due to the nose-diving economy. It traces Mills & Boon, which seems to be to the UK what Harlequin is to the US. Probably the most interesting part of the article: