Only women read romance.
And they tend to be uneducated, and definitely not feminist.
Who cringed reading that? Who threw up a middle finger in protest? Worse...who agreed?
Stats are your friend
Yes, according to the RWA stats (which are due for a revision, it’s true), something like 87% of readers are women. Does that sound like ALL women readers to you? That leaves 13% of readers who identify as male, or at least, not as female. Is it a majority? No. But, it’s still a sizeable minority.
What other misconceptions are there? How about that most romance readers are uneducated? Well, if romance writers are romance readers, and over 50% of romance writers have a Master’s degree (myself included), then that would debunk that myth, right?
Nothing like a little shelf-love
Shelf Love set out to debunk the myths and misconceptions that lurk around the romance industry - myths like romance’s supposed readers, romance not being a feminist issue, and how romance is ‘less than’ other genres. I was lucky enough to be part of the ‘debunking’ with Kennedy Ryan, Emma Barry, Talia Hibbert and Tif Marcelo, as part of the Shelf Love podcast.
Let me know what you think! What’s your biggest myth and misconception about romance?