This year’s Harlequin Romance Report survey (www.press.eHarlequin.com/), which polled more than 3,000 men and women across Canada and the U.S., discovered that the U.S. is a nation of romantics. Ninety-two percent of men and 94% of women consider themselves romantic and surprisingly, almost half of all men (45%) consider themselves hopeless romantics. While the majority of American men (64%) and women (72%) want more romance in their lives, the problem is that 72% don’t know how to get it, believing that television and movies set impossible romantic standards.
Much like the sexual revolution that liberalized sex and forced discussion about sexuality out of the bedroom and into the public domain, The Romance Revolution, the focus of this year’s Romance Report, is all about helping people get in touch with their inner romantic. The report also explores how romance has changed and where it is headed, identifies the barriers to romance and explores romance in its new domain – online.
Here's something that's not romantic: according to the report, 16% of men and women have broken up with someone by e-mail, text message or instant message. The sniveling cowards.
Harlequin Enterprises Limited is the global leader in series romance and one of the world's leading publishers of women's fiction, with titles issued worldwide in 25 languages and sold in 94 international markets. The company produces over 115 titles monthly and publishes more than 1,300 authors from around the world. Harlequin Enterprises Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of Torstar Corporation, a broadly based media company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TS.nv.b). Harlequin’s Web site is located at http://www.eharlequin.com Harlequin has offices in 18 countries, including Toronto, New York and London.
I'm one of those 1,300 authors because I write for Steeple Hill Books, which is owned by Harlequin. (Yes, the mighty Harlequin machine publishes Christian romance.)
The last paragraph of the e-mail message invited me to contact Harlequin to arrange an interview with a "romance expert." Goodness only knows what that is, but I don't have time to wonder about it this afternoon.
I have a romance novel to write.