Recession and Romance

Interesting article in the New York Times about the recession and the romance market. Recession Fuels Readers’ Escapist Urges.

Could also account for Fast & Furious’ surprise $72.5 million debut opening.

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6 Responses to Recession and Romance

  1. Digital Dame says:

    The state of the economy is having many unforeseen effects. Gun sales are spiking, as is the use of plastic surgery! Good for book sales, maybe it will open the door for at least a few to get published who may have been otherwise overlooked.

  2. Even though romance isn’t my genre, I’m extremely happy to see any type of book do well. It ends up helping us all.

  3. jennareynolds says:

    Digital Dame: One can hope it will help some struggling writers to get published.

    Yeah, hard time does make for strange bedfellows. I suppose the plastic surgery is because people either want to feel better or want an edge when it comes to finding a new job maybe? I don’t even want to speculate about the increase in gun sales but the growing number of killings of family members and innocent people is very alarming.

    Gypsyscarlett: I agree. I do read some romance but my reading tastes also tends to jump all over the place.

  4. Lori Devoti says:

    Did you read Paula Guran’s take on it at the Juno blog?

  5. jennareynolds says:

    Sure did. In case anyone wants to read it you can find it here. http://juno-books.com/blog/?p=652

  6. Digital Dame says:

    Statistics can be used to prove just about anything 😉

    I read about one woman who bought her first gun because she’s afraid the crime rate is going to skyrocket because of the economy. I don’t recall if the article mentioned if she’d ever handled a gun before. Personally, I think you’re better off getting a dog, and/or an alarm system. If your home is broken into while you’re out, that’s what you have insurance for. You can replace stuff.

    The plastic surgery was exactly what you thought: to gain an edge in the job market. We’re such a youth-obsessed culture, experience is not always the best marketing point.

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