The cover story of today's edition of Publishers Weekly, titled "Textually Promiscuous: Romance readers definitely read around," by Sarah J. Robbins, takes a look at the many different romance sub-genres and has quotes from Pamela and Eric:
“The story of a courtship is something that all women go through—or imagine themselves doing so—but any way you look at it, love's not simple,” says Pamela Regis, an English professor at McDaniel College and author of A Natural History of the Romance Novel (Univ. of Pennsylvania Press, 2003). “These books solve that problem, and at the same time, they put women at the center of the narrative more than in any other genre. You're not just the prize at the end of the hero's quest, the mother of the king, the arm candy... there's more.”and on Jane Austen
“She was the first genius to write romance,” says Pamela Regis, an English professor at McDaniel College and author of A Natural History of the Romance Novel (Univ. of Pennsylvania Press, 2003). “And my contention is that she wrote only romances. I think Pride and Prejudice is the best romance novel ever written.”and
“Romance readers really are in touch with one another and with authors. They're now able to get their voices heard by publishers and editors in a way that's never been true before,” says Eric Selinger, Ph.D., an English professor at DePaul University in Chicago and the co-chair for Romance Fiction of the Popular Culture Association. “There's simply a constant stream of feedback going on, a cycling back through that community.”It's gratifying that the new wave of academic interest in romance novels is being reflected in the media coverage of the genre. The Publishers Weekly article discusses the various romance sub-genres, particularly inspirational romance, erotic romance, paranormal romance, historical romance and contemporary romance.
Selinger contributes to teachmetonight.blogspot.com, a group site that offers a view of romance fiction from an academic perspective. The blog provides links to other like-minded online avenues, including romancingthe-blog.com. [...]
“Because publishing is so much easier online, you have a proliferation of new genres and new mixings of genres,” says Selinger. “You have a lot of material that traditional publishers might be skeptical about, but in the case of Ellora's Cave, there was so clearly that market, the publishers jumped in.”