Women get all these *crazy ideas* like wanting respect from their partner, asking for what they want or even worse – good sex. GASP! We want a guaranteed HEA – Happily Ever After. And we all know – no woman gets that! Am I right?
Every other genre is allowed to be predictable and men are allowed to indulge in unrealistic porn or Adam Sandler movies but the billion dollar romance industry is warping delicate female minds.
Anyway – forget the rant and watch just Love Between the Covers! A documentary about the romance genre that respects it’s subject. No sneering, no passive aggressive snickering.
Love Between the Covers shows how empowering the romance genre has been for women of all walks of life. It shows how it has helped people through horrific tragedies, has given a voice to the voiceless (Beverly Jenkins writing African American historical romance, Len Barot – Les-fic for example), and as Jennifer Crusie puts it – “You can have sex without dying horribly”.
The doc covers a lot of familiar terrain with all the big romance authors. You can’t have a romance documentary without Eloisa James and Nora Robert but it does include a wide array of authors, including indie and self pub.
What it does best though, is show the sense of community- the special relationship between romance authors and readers. They consider themselves friends and family and romance readers naturally find each other, and they tend to pay it forward to help the next group. It even shows how fans have turned their hobby into a profession promoting their favorite authors.
It probably won't convert skeptics but if you're looking to celebrate the romance genre without getting made fun of - here you go!