Love Between the Covers

Love Between the Covers

DVD - 2016
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Romance fiction is the behemoth of the publishing industry; it outsells mystery, sci-fi, and fantasy combined. Yet no filmmaker has ever taken an honest look at the global community romance writers and readers have built--until now. This funny and inspiring look into a billion-dollar industry turns up trailblazers who've found fortunes and fulfillment in romance, who are on the front lines of a revolutionary power shift in publishing.
Publisher: Warren, NJ : Passion River, [2016]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (85 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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RandomLibrarian Apr 04, 2019

This is a solid documentary on the modern world of romance publishing. Whatever your stereotypes of the romance genre are, check them at the door, because there are no cringe-inducing caricatures of writers or readers here. (*cough*terriblePBSdocunonsenseGuiltyPleasures*cough*)

At this point, it is a bit outdated, as RT no longer exists, RWA is a hot mess, and the RITAs have be replaced by the Vivians, named in honor of the Black woman who founded RWA. Also come into existence since this film was made is The Ripped Bodice, the first all-romance bookstore in the US, which - in addition to being an awesome store - annually releases a report on The State of Diversity in Romance and has its own awards ceremony, which is more diverse and lacks the barriers to entry that the RITA did.

The film makes sure to include the grand dames of Black romance, Beverly Jenkins and Brenda Jackson, discussing the lack of romances by and about Black people (and people of color in general - #ritassowhite, anyone?). Self-publishing is also covered, as is LGBTQ+ romance - although this section focuses more on lesbian romance author Radclyffe and her publishing house Bold Strokes Books. It doesn't mention at all the popularity of male/male romance (the majority of whose readers are heterosexual women). Included are interviews with romance influencers such as Sarah Wendell, who heads the extremely popular romance review website "Smart B*tches, Trashy Books".

If you don't know much about the romance genre, are a longtime romance reader, or somewhere in between, this documentary provides a solid overview of what the romance industry looks like in the 21st century.

Apr 17, 2017

A very interesting documentary about a subject that much isn't known about. I'd always known that romances were popular, but never to this extent. This was a real eye-opener, and a movie that all aspiring writers should definitely watch.

rnahaiciuc Nov 04, 2016

An engaging look at the romance novel industry, which is fast-paced and totally rewarding. The documentary is multi-faceted and inquisitive, similar to the industry it reveals. It was a true pleasure to experience it!

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