Toxic Romance: Physical Abuse

I was in high school the night I woke up to the sound of an argument outside the house. Looking outside the window, I saw my mom’s boyfriend rushing down the driveway, his father, who was visiting for just one night, chasing after him. Curious, confused, but mostly nosey, I reached the living room just…

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Toxic Romance: Emotional Abuse

Emotional abuse or past trauma is a frequent plotline in romance. And while something as serious as abuse shouldn’t be reduced to a plotpoint, it has nonetheless become a staple of the genre. Why? Because by and large, romance is the genre that most commonly addresses the issues real women face in their daily lives, including abuse.

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Toxic Romance: People of Color

We need to continue to push the conversation on why inclusivity in all literature is important. As publishers and gatekeepers of content, we must do our due diligence to serve all readers. It simply isn’t right or fair that large swaths of Americans are not seeing themselves in the books they read.

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Toxic Romance: Body Types

Romance writing has long been celebrated for giving women a voice in literature. Yet, the genre is failing to do more, including show a range of body types.

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Toxic Romance: Consent

In the wake of #MeToo revelations, it became clear that the way we treat sexual violence and victims of sexual violence in this country needs to change. Many blamed the media. Many more blamed the victims. And some—including former presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton—blamed romance novels.

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Ghostwriters: The Industry’s Favorite Scapegoats

Ghostwriters have become an integral part of the publishing industry, especially in the romance genre. Often receiving hate from the very industry that relies on them, one has to wonder if it is deserved.

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