Saturday, February 18, 2012

Bodice-rippers are big business

According to statistics compiled by Simba Information, the ubiquitous romance novel "is by far the most popular and lucrative genre in American publishing, with over $1.35 billion in revenues estimated in 2010. That is a little less than twice the size of the mystery genre, almost exactly twice that of science fiction/fantasy, and nearly three times the size of the market for classic/literary fiction." Frankly, I don't whether to laugh, cry or faint at this rather amazing news. (Hat tip: The Awl)

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