The Romance Genre on the Web

Researching online romance genre communities and their perspectives

Finding books

Filed under: Uncategorized — Bron at 7:17 am on Monday, March 19, 2007

I was all set to post a new post last night, as soon as Miss Marple finished on TV, but 10 minutes from the end, just before all was worked out and unveiled… the power went! We live out in the bush, so after groping for the candles, we phoned in to report the problem, and then went to bed. The power finally came back on at about 3am…. and I still have no idea who the murderer was on Miss Marple, or why.

Anyway, on to the topic I’d like to explore for the next few days – finding good books. In the online survey, (which so far has 498 responses!) the question about how important various activities are for you online, has the following two items with a good percent of you rating them as ‘very important’:

51.31% reading book reviews and news
42.86% discussing books

So, to what extent do you read books as a result of a review or discussion of them online? Do you actively seek out reviews when you’re looking for something to read? If so, do you stick to just certain review sites, or wander around looking for a range of views? Do you just look for reviews for book recommendations, or do you read reviews sites and discussion for general interest, as well?

Coming soon…

Filed under: Uncategorized — Bron at 7:16 pm on Friday, February 2, 2007

This will be a blog accompanying my research for a PhD. The blog will provide a place to raise questions and discuss key issues and themes in the romance genre, and to listen to readers’, writers’ and industry professionals’ views and perspectives.

I’m looking forward to ‘meeting’ with the online romance genre community and discussing this rich and important genre.

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