This morning the Today show had a piece on the recession and books that sell during recessions. I was surprised, or perhaps not so surprised, to hear that romance novels, especially, sell well during periods of economic downturn. The happy endings, for the most part, are what is needed during depressed economic times. The price point of those types of novels is also part of draw according to the reporter. I am sure that will be good news to those authors of that genre.
I have always been drawn to novels to "escape" the real world, whether romance or not. Escaping into a good story has been the focus of my (pleasure) reading for most of my life. Personally, I read enough professional journals, study enough continuing education, and spend enough time doing work-related tasks that when I relax, I want to forget about pharmacy for a while.
Isn't that the purpose of downtime?
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