Multicultural Mondays: Why do we hate those White Female/Black Male Covers (read it before you hate)
I am a romance book lover hence the blog. I do have love for genres who receive less love than the popular subgenres ie…paranormal and contemporary romance. I still heart them but I would like to feature more multicultural romances for example. So I want to start Multicultural Mondays. Now for the first few months you might still see other titles featured that are not multicultural because I have to honor books I have already slated to review that fall on Mondays. To start off my first Multicultural Monday I want to talk about an issue that was discussed in a panel I attended while at AAD.
The issue is not new I have noticed it but when one of the authors specifically mentioned it happening to one of her titles it validated what I had been noticing. Titles with a WM and BW sale way better than titles with a BM and WF meaning people are not so keen on the black male, white female titles. Which I find interesting, I am a researcher at heart and this makes me wonder a few things like:
- Who are reading interracial romances?
- If minorities are the only ones or the majority of interracial/multicultural romance readers why would they not read bm/wf since we are used to reading romances without people of color in them. I mean if you have been reading this genre for a while there just were not many options, not counting the Ravaged by the Apache, Seduced by the triple zillionaire Brazilian titles of course.
I have read BM/WF but I can also admit I have been guilty of scrolling past a book when I see a BM/WF cover, typically in contemporary titles I just do not want to read about the racial issues (because there are so few of them I just expect it to crop up) but then I am judging a book by its cover. I would like to think I have grown and now I tend to read a description before I look at the cover but in my SFR/PNR it just never mattered go figure. I guess an alien is an alien and a wolf a wolf. So here’s to love across all colorlines and species! Lol.