I know this sounds like an oxymoron, but any fan of the BW IR narrative should know what I’m talking about. No? I’ll spell it out for you: Interracial Romance goes FAR beyond B(lack)W(oman)W(hite)M(an). Yes, it’s true.
It’s so funny I was talking with a fellow fan the other day, and she was like, “Is it just me, or do all the latest IR books tend to focus on the BWWM pairing?” I couldn’t hit my reply button fast enough! My answer in short, “Nope.” I never really gave it much thought, but I definitely noticed it. Writers have preferences or a certain comfort level (as far as not having to do a lot of research about cultures and such) or simply a need to give the readers what they think they want, but there are sooooo many good IR books out here that are not BWWM and still SLAY!
In the coming weeks, I’ll be doing a series of features to showcase some of my favorite non-BWWM pairings. I’ll actually dedicate a post to each non-BWWM pairing to include:
- BWHM (Black woman, Hispanic man)
- BWAM (Black woman, Asian man)
- BWNM (Black woman, Native man)
- BW/Other (not considered Hispanic, Asian, or Native)
I hope these posts will broaden your reading horizons if you currently only read BWWM IR (or if you’re just looking for something fresh) and introduce you to some different perspectives. I’m so excited to do this! Special shout out to author M.L. Spann and fellow reader Yasmine D for the inspiration!