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The Evolution of the Romance Novel (Infographic)

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Whether you love Harlequin or Fifty Shades of Grey, you’re not alone in indulging in the guilty pleasures of the romance novel.

Along with the television premiere of Guilty Pleasures on POV and the online premiere of the classic documentary Where the Heart Roams, we’ve created an infographic to help you discover just how popular the romance novel genre has become.

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  • Macha

    I was okay with this, up until the end. Anyone that reads and enjoys the 50 shades trilogy 1. Has no comprehension of what an abusive relationship is and 2. Has no comprehension of what the BDSM subculture is about (for the clueless, the main word in a BDSM relationships is TRUST) and anyone who trusts a man like Christian Gray needs an intervention, fast.

    • Macha

      Oh yeah, and I wouldn’t consider Patricia Briggs a romance author, since I can count on one hand the number of romance scenes in all her Mercy Thompson books (and have fingers left over). That’d be the left most image in the 2000s image. Still amazing books worth reading though ;)