Romance Report
July 7-13, 2019


It’s time for our weekly roundup of tweets from BIPOC, LGBTQIAP+, and/or otherwise underrepresented writers, reviewers, and list curators. If you don’t already, please follow these accounts and be sure to always retweet the original post.

Rose Ferrao is a graduate student researching for representations of women of color on illustrated romance covers. Please take her survey and help contribute to BIWOC’s (and romance’s!) presence in academia.

As always, we like to kick off with WOC in Romance’s list of new releases.

They are also getting ready for the July book club. You can join in by supporting WOC in Romance on Patreon.

We came across @blacklovebooks, an account that features African American, Interracial, and Multicultural Romance book bargains. Give them a follow!

The recent casting announcement for the Bridgertons series has sparked discussions about people of color in history, representation in media, and colorblind casting. This is a selection of reactions.

Talia Hibbert has a few words for people crying “but realism!” about the Bridgerton casting.

Vanessa Riley also has a thread on “historical accuracy.”

Courtney Milan reminds us of the people of color hidden in historical romance.

You should also read Elizabeth Kingston’s 2018 article about the romanticization of white supremacy, “Reclaiming Historical,” which she unfortunately has had to remind people about.

Janet Eckford talks about using black bodies to tell stories produced by white writers and publishers who simultaneously seek to silence black voices.

Alyssa Cole recommends a series Regency romances with people of color by an author of color.

Melinda writes about depression and feeling seen in romance.

Another underrepresented group in romance are older characters, especially those who aren’t cishet men. Pink Heart Society has a rec list for #SeasonedRomance.

Robin Covington is writing a three-book series featuring Native American siblings!

The Ripped Bodice has announced the title for September’s Great Big Romance read, and it’s Olivia Waite’ A LADY’S GUIDE TO CELESTIAL MECHANICS!

Book Page published its list of the best 11 romances so far of 2019, and almost half are by underrepresented writers.

We hope you have a week filled with books and joy and all the good things.