Thursday, July 14, 2016

Book Club Thursday Free Day: Love Between The Covers Documentary by Laurie Kahn

Hi Readers! Thanks for stopping by Book Club Thursday this week. We have something special for you. Our fearless leader Lisa at Tasty Book Tours asked us if BCT would like to review a fascinating documentary about the romance writing industry. What a treat! I hope you enjoy this month's Free Day as we review LOVE BETWEEN THE COVERS By Laurie Kahn.

About the Film

Love stories are universal. Love stories are powerful. And so are the women who write them.

Love Between the Covers is the fascinating story of the vast, funny, and savvy female community that has built a powerhouse industry sharing love stories. Romance fiction is sold in 34 languages on six continents, and the genre grosses more than a billion dollars a year -- outselling mystery, sci-fi, and fantasy combined. Yet the millions of voracious women (and sometimes men) who read, write, and love romance novels have remained oddly invisible. Until now.

For three years, we follow the lives of five very diverse published romance authors and one unpublished newbie as they build their businesses, find and lose loved ones, cope with a tsunami of change in publishing, and earn a living doing what they love—while empowering others to do the same. Romance authors have built a fandom unlike all others, a global sisterhood where authors know their readers personally and help them become writers themselves. During the three years we’ve been shooting Love Between the Covers, we have witnessed the biggest power shift that has taken place in the publishing industry over the last 200 years. And it’s the romance authors who are on the front lines, pioneering new ways to survive and build communities in this rapidly changing environment.

At last, something positive about the romance industry! I have always been a reader, and when I switched from my kid reads to more adult reading when I was a teen, it was romance. My mom read it and so did my grandmother. Gram even subscribed to Harlequin until she passed. I didn't quite realize that there was such disdain for romance until I worked in a book store. It always amazes me how people can judge a book by its cover without ever looking inside. They also have no problem genre shaming you either. Earlier this week someone posted an article on FB telling us to put down that Beach read and go for something more intelligent to stimulate your mind this summer. MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS! I will read what I want and love when I want and how dare you diss something you don't know about.
     Thankfully, Laurie Kahn worked on the documentary LOVE BETWEEN THE COVERS, exploring the romance business, it's joys, and the dismissal by "real" readers.
     This was a thoughtful and eye-opening work with many hours of filming authors, readers and blogger fans of the best genre,IMO. The romance community is the only one where writers become friends with other romance writers, their blogger fans, and their readers.
     So what is so wrong about romance? Nothing, in my opinion. Romance sales are the majority of the book-selling market and it holds the industry together while paying the bills. So why the dismissal?
     I love the way Laurie put the story together. She went to super-star authors like Nora Roberts and Eloisa James. She went to romance conventions, she went to the readers. We have historical writers at home in their pj's and authors in their kitchen. This documentary had a personal touch.
     Jennifer Cruisie brought up the point of classic romances, or were they? Women were tortured by society and had to be rescued. Author Beverly Jenkins hit a key point right on the head. The HEA. Happily Ever After. Romance is a positive thing and it must have that HEA. That doesn't mean the heroine needs to be rescued. She fights for herself, her family, her love interest. And then you have reformed, self-admitted elitist book snob Susan Donovan who went from laughing at the industry to being embraced by the community and finding a good friend in author Celeste Bradley.
     Long gone is the notion that romance is read only by lazy housewives who are reading all day and eating bon bons. Housewives are writing the stories, as are college students, doctors, lawyers, etc, etc. Over 100 million people, the majority women, read romance worldwide.
     I hope that you get a chance to check out this documentary. It is done with an unbiased eye and I have provided links for you below. You feel the love and honesty of authors like Nora and Jayne Ann Krentz, Eloisa James, Beverly Jemkins, Suzanne Brockmann et al, but also from the fans who stand in long lines to meet their favorite authors and tell them that they are appreciated at book signings and book fairs. My BFFs and fellow bloggers have driven across state lines to get to meet some of our faves. And by the way, the BCT bloggers met through a bookstore and even got jobs there. :D
     Romance readers and writer's make good friends!

Information Links:

LOVE BETWEEN THE COVERS-Laurie Kahn Kickstarter Website. You can view a trailer for documentary here plus discover more links tied to the project.


You can have paranormal or drama or comedy. You can have science fiction. You can have murder, suspense, anything, as long as you have the core romantic relationship.
— Nora Roberts, romance author

I think the message I send in my books is that women can be strong. And that women should be strong. And that love isn’t about losing yourself, but rather working in a partnership. And that love between two people includes respect.
— Suzanne Brockmann, romance author

Director/Producer LAURIE KAHN’s films have won major awards, been shown on PBS primetime, broadcast around the world, and used widely in university classrooms and community groups. Her first film, A Midwife’s Tale, was based on the 18th century diary of midwife Martha Ballard and Laurel Ulrich’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book A Midwife’s Tale. It won film festival awards and a national Emmy for Outstanding Non-Fiction. Her film TUPPERWARE! was broadcast in more than 20 countries, won the George Foster Peabody Award and was nominated for a national Best Nonfiction Director Emmy. Kahn previously worked on Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years, The American Experience, FRONTLINE’S Crisis in Central America, All Things Considered, and Time Out. She’s a resident scholar at Brandeis’s Women’s Studies Research Center.

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Thanks for stopping by for this weeks Special Free Day! Stop by and visit my fellow bloggers to see what they had to say about LOVE BETWEEN THE COVERS. Don't be shy, let us know what you think about the documentary and the romance industry.

Join us again next week, July 21st, when we will be Catching up with author Jennifer Ashley.


  1. There were some great author interviews that's for sure~

    1. I know. I loved the one on one feel, authors in their kitchen or in their pj's. Fun!

  2. I loved hearing what the authors had to say. Nice review.

    1. I didn't know what I expected, but I thought she did a great job!

  3. Thank you so much for sharing your review!! I also thought it was done wonderfully!

    1. Thanks for letting us join in, Lisa!