Power and Choice in the Romance Novel Industry


In an essay for Catapult, writer and editor Kayleigh Hughes tackles the complex reality of the romance novel industry, wherein content can be simultaneously triggering, objectifying, empowering, and brave:

As time went on I felt more like a party trick and a robot. At the end of the workday, I wasn’t able to clear my mind of demeaning language and abusive situations from the stories, and when I slept I had fitful dreams, mostly about my mom dying and horny men turning into wolves and women with bruises.

It is a confusing life to live, and one that is worth paying attention to as mainstream media maintains its genre-wide ignorance and disapproval of the form.

Buffy Flores is an Aries/Taurus cusp, Latinx, vegan, femme, and founder and editor of the Billions Unheard. Now writing for LIVEKINDLY and editing for The Rumpus. Follow them on Twitter @livekindlybuffy. More from this author →