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A Visual Map of the Romance Novel

This post is brought to you by Open Road Integrated Media.

Picture a typical romance novel. Are you thinking of one of the following?

  • A bare-chested and gleaming Fabio
  • A billowing shirt (or blouse? What is that garment, exactly?)
  • Pastel colors
  • Bodices, ripped or intact

It’s time to forget what you think you know about romance novels. As a genre, romance is as broad and diverse as any in fiction. Skeptical? We happen to have a visual aid to help support this claim.

The folks at Open Road Media have designed a guide to help you discover the full range of romance—an interactive, New York magazine–style Romance Matrix featuring seventeen popular romance ebooks charted from the wildly mild to utterly smutty, detailed historicals to fast-paced contemporaries. It’s a new way of thinking about romance, whether you’re a Fifty Shades devotee, a reader with a stash of Loveswept paperbacks under your bed, or someone who has never read a romance novel in her life.

View the full-sized matrix here and click on any cover image to sample a page of passion from the ebook. If something strikes your fancy, grab the ebook forjust $1.99 from December 4 to December 17 at participating retailers. Go ahead, take a chance on a romance novel.


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