News Juno Editor/Paula Guran on 26 Dec 2007 07:37 pm
Do hope you and yours are enjoying this holiday season. I am, really, taking some time away from the desk, but have also been catching up a little with the news and thought I’d share:
CBC article on how “[p]ublishing houses across North America are creating new lines of romances aimed at people of Asian and African descent.
A Queensland University of Technology senior lecturer who says ‘Mills and Boon’s Bombshell line, a 2005 release which introduced female martial arts experts and “kick-arse” lady cops to the genre, has modernised romance.’ The fellow and some other academics are also doing some research into modern romance.
Nora Roberts–who supposedly sells 21 books every minute — is starting a bed-and-breakfast in Boonsboro, MD.
Mills and Boon now has an office in Mumbai, India and will be printing books there — five new titles every month with plans to have more Indian settings and characters in the romances published from now on.
Julie Bindel, in the Guardian, expresses her “horror [that] the genre is not directed towards either the women who write or, indeed, read them. I do not believe in blaming women for our own oppression. Women are the only oppressed group required not only to submit to our oppressors, but to love and sexually desire them at the same time. This is what heterosexual romantic fiction promotes — the sexual submission of women to men. M&B novels are full of patriarchal propaganda.”
(We think she should read OUR books.)