All heartbreak, all the time

For some reason, this made me smile:

Across the country there are exploration-worthy bookstores devoted entirely to genres like science fiction, mystery, and comics. And we love those stores! But where are the bookstores devoted to romance? There is not one store that exclusively sells romance books — even while romance is the best-selling genre in North America. Enter sisters Bea and Leah Koch, who are working to change this fact, acting as the knights in shining armor for romance readers everywhere.

To promote the genre they’ve always loved, the Koch sisters plan to open a Los Angeles-based bookstore filled to the brim with love stories. (If you don’t live in L.A., don’t fret! They will also have an online store!) “The Ripped Bodice is a store for the community of intelligent and outspoken people that write, read, and love romance novels,” explains Leah on their Kickstarter.

Also from said Kickstarter:

In the romance section of a full service bookstore, things are generally organized alphabetically, making it hard to browse if you just want paranormal witch stories/cowboy heroes with hearts of gold/Regency house parties that go terribly awry. Because The Ripped Bodice is devoted exclusively to romance, we have the luxury of organizing by sub-genre.

They may have to go to sub-sub-sub-genre to keep track of everything.

The sisters hope to raise $90,000 by the 19th of November; they’re already halfway there. (And I helped a little.)



  1. McGehee »

    30 October 2015 · 1:35 pm

    Kickstarter!? Why don’t the Koch sisters get the money from the Koch brothers?

    (Tell me somebody hasn’t already raised that question, and wasn’t kidding.)

  2. fillyjonk »

    30 October 2015 · 1:38 pm

    I support the idea of sub-genre cataloging, and wish regular bookstores would do it for things like mysteries. (And for that matter: “historical” novels, they could be filed on a continuum from “squeaky clean” (eg, vintage Georgette Heyer) to “basically porn with seven-league boots”)

  3. Chuck »

    30 October 2015 · 7:27 pm

    There were a couple of used bookstores here that catered exclusively to bodice rippers. They may still be here, I don’t keep track. I didn’t think much of romance novels until the South American drug lord in “Romancing the Stone” (or “Jewel on the Nile”, I forget) confessed to being obsessed with them. Made me realize, again, that the world takes all types.

  4. ETat »

    31 October 2015 · 9:45 am

    FJ: I supported the idea even before it became an idea on Kickstarter!
    Or, rather, in my usual manner, I complained…

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