Romance Report
October 21-27, 2019

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One day in Romancelandia lasts approximately 1.3 Earth years. Now imagine a week. To help you keep up, we’ve gone through the tweets about last week’s highs (and lows) of representation in romance to bring you our Weekly Romance Update.

These tweets are from or about issues affecting BIPOC, LGBTQIAP+, and/or otherwise underrepresented writers, reviewers, and list curators. If you’re not already, please follow these accounts and be sure to always retweet the original post.

Last week, the Ripped Bodice held the Pag-Ibig: A Filipino-American Romance Panel, and Ezrah write about the experience of moderating it.

There’s a new book club in Romancelandia! It’s called HEAs All Day: Romance Novels as Social Justice Narratives. It’s “an informal book group dedicated to reading romance novels that celebrate diversity and offer empowering, hopeful narratives for minorities,” and we can’t wait for the first discussion.

Congratulations to the Pink Heart Society for being short-listed for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Inclusion Award!

Miley Cyrus said some words that don’t bear repeating, but here’s a great list of romances with bisexual protaganists!

Get ready for Halloween with this list of LGBTQIAP+ historical romances featuring “ghosts, ghouls, and gothic themes.”

Rosiee Thor wrote about writing romance for ace and aro readers.

Underrepresented characters shouldn’t have to show struggle for their stories to be worthwhile.

Here’s a list queer historical romances. We promise they’re accurate.

And Rebekah crowdsourced recs for historical romances featuring BIPOC characters.

Make sure you check out the new release list from WOC in Romance.

And Girl, Have You Read’s list.

There’s also a new weekly list launching this week to keep your eye on.

Happy Diwali!

We hope you have a week filled with books and joy and all the good things! And if we have missed anything important, please let us know. Our DMs are open. You can also submit anonymous feedback at bit.ly/RSJfeedback.

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