If you are a woman, do you read romance novels? You are not alone.
Another tidbit in that book "A Billion Wicked Thoughts'' is that romance novels generated $1.37 billion in sales in 2008. The romance genre has the single largest share of the fiction market. At least 74.8 million people read romance novels in 2008. And more than 90 per cent are women.
To put those numbers in perspective, about 100 million men in the U.S. and Canada accessed online porn in 2008 only a quarter more than the number of women who read romance novels. About 25 per cent of the porn watchers are women. But women won't pay for porn and the companies often flag credit cards with female names that try to pay for porn. But they will spend over $1billion on romance novels.
Another interesting thing is that sex is not absolutely essential to a romance novel. But the sex scene is important. The heroine is sexually inexperienced until her lover introduces it to her. The awakening to love is that much more powerful when it's accompanied by a sexual awakening as well.
Since our readers tend to be kinky, do you like a romance novel with no kink?
There's more on what women like in their romance novels, but I thought I'd ask my readers what they like and see if it fits with what the authors say they like.
And who knew romance novels are a billion dollar industry? Hmmm. Maybe I should try to write one. LOL.
Your thoughts on romance novels.
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