Pardon my ignorance, but what is “Women’s fiction”? I mean, I have a general idea, but isn’t romance for the most part women’s fiction because the target audience is women? Or is it fiction written by women for women that doesn’t focus on romance?
The textbook definition:
The Romance Writers of America organization defines women’s fiction as, “a commercial novel about a woman on the brink of life change and personal growth. Her journey details emotional reflection and action that transforms her and her relationships with others, and includes a hopeful/upbeat ending with regard to her romantic relationship.”
Ok, that’s all well and good, but I’ve read a lot of damn romances that fit this description too. So basically, my theory is partially correct-the focus isn’t on the romantic/sexual nature of the narrative, but the “emotional journey” the heroine undergoes.
Truthfully, I look at this moniker two ways:
- It’s just another marketing ploy rooted in misogyny to alert certain readers that “Hey, bro, this is a chick novel so don’t even waste your time, dude.”
- It’s just another marketing ploy aimed at attracting more female readers. “Greetings, my sister. Do you enjoy a good read that speaks to the feelings and emotions and shit we women go through on the regular? Have a look-see…”
So, I typed in Men’s Fiction on Amazon just for the hell of it, and this is what popped up.