Thursday, April 09, 2009
Romance, Recession Proof?
The argument often seems to be made that romance sales boom during economic depressions because people want escapist or comforting reads. But is that really the case? I can think of a lot of other possible explanations.... Romance is also about making difficult choices, taking control of your life, about the consequences of actions, and a often reminder that in the end family and friendships are more important than material gains. Perhaps romance books actually allow people to work through their anxieties and decide what to do, rather than just escape from or deny them?