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Romantic Escapes

Post-Millennial Trends in Contemporary Popular Romance Fiction

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Edited By Irene Pérez Fernández and Carmen Pérez Ríu

Romance continues to stand as the most profitable literary genre and the second most read book category. The developments reshaping the conventions and marketing practices of popular fiction, both inside and beyond the books themselves, have affected the romance genre in specific ways that demand critical attention. This book brings together a collection of twelve chapters on postmillennial developments in contemporary popular romance fiction produced in different countries in order to prove how the genre, which has always been sensitive to customer demands and market trends, has continued to evolve accordingly. The chapters focus on how traditional formulae are being reshaped and adapted to meet readers’ expectations and market demands within this thriving transnational industry.

Introduction

Romance and Its Intertextual Fabric

Readers and the Market Always at heart

Loving and Rebranding the Exotic

New Political and Genre Twists