23% of all fiction are romance novels - pulling in billions of dollars in sales. No longer just 'bodice rippers', today's romances are becoming more progressive and inclusive. In fact, this summer's Red, White, and Royal Blue, a queer romance, was a huge success.
“Whatever is going on in the world, and whatever is happening to women or marginalized people, is happening in the pages of romance novels,” says novelist and Washington Post columnist Sarah MacLean. “But with the promise that everything will be okay. That no matter how bad it gets, happily ever after will come.”