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Romance Hot Takes | Stepbacks, Historical Romance, & Book Tok



Greetings and salutations! Today I am talking about some unpopular romance opinions. Amanda’s Instagram: …

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  1. PeaceLoveBooksxo

    August 22, 2021 at 4:58 pm

    Can’t publishers continue stepbacks and make them diverse, though? Historical romances are getting more diverse than they were in the 90s, so shouldn’t the stepbacks reflect that?

  2. Alicia Ulrich

    August 22, 2021 at 4:58 pm

    I've never thought about that when it comes to stepbacks. An important thought when we think about moving forward. I would love to see stepbacks that reflect all the diverse stories currently being published! The stigma around romance is so horrible. Because of booktube, I have really embraced my love of reading romance and being proud of that fact! I wish there didn't have to be so much judgement around romance books. Nothing wrong with loving a love story! 😍😍 I think if I made videos talking about books, I would be talking fast too girl! 😂😂

  3. Augusta Kelley

    August 22, 2021 at 4:58 pm

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  4. Bel Canto Beauty Books Bags & More

    August 22, 2021 at 4:58 pm

    I'd love more interracial or inclusive historical romances. I just got The Princess Stakes to read soon. I do love the new size of the mass market paperback romances.

  5. Seoul Ga.

    August 22, 2021 at 4:58 pm

    First let's get the stepbacks back, THEN let's make our best to make them more "versatile". But then again, if the story is about a straight slim couple then the stepback is going to reflect that…. likewise for other stories

  6. Isamar Moreno

    August 22, 2021 at 4:58 pm

    Yes for more diversity with the covers and stepbacks! And if you find out of any romance with Hispanic/ Latino characters let me know 😩 I only know of 2

  7. Isamar Moreno

    August 22, 2021 at 4:58 pm

    Yes for more diversity with the covers and stepbacks! And if you find out of any romance with Hispanic/ Latino characters let me know 😩 I only know of 2

  8. Mirnatius

    August 22, 2021 at 4:58 pm

    I get that stepbacks have historically not been diverse, but why does that mean that they can’t be? I don’t think they should be gone, they should be inclusive.

    Great discussion! 💖

  9. remarkablylisa

    August 22, 2021 at 4:58 pm

    I love how you match your makeup to your shirt

  10. Lexi E.B.

    August 22, 2021 at 4:58 pm

    Yes! I agree with diversifying characters, covers, stories… I still want stepbacks because POC never got it. Indian (Native American) doesn't count to me because those oldies are usually problematic with "savagery" stereotypes.

    The stories exist, publishers just don't believe they will sell smh

  11. Meme Black

    August 22, 2021 at 4:58 pm

    I'd love to see what you have on Kindle Unlimited, especially the historicals if you have any! I rarely ever see recommendations for KU historicals. 🙁

  12. Sai Ahmed

    August 22, 2021 at 4:58 pm

    YES! To more diversity! As a black women I know we’re limited in celebrating and rejoicing in black love and Poc love 🙁

  13. Linda Boles

    August 22, 2021 at 4:58 pm

    Samantha I seem to recall that you mentioned on a video that you wanted a copy of Indigo. My used book shop sometimes has this book. If I can get a copy of it the next time I see it, I would be happy to get you a copy.

  14. Courtney Bryans

    August 22, 2021 at 4:58 pm

    I think bringing back stepbacks is a good idea and i think it could be important because we can bring it back but also make it diverse. Put m/m or f/f on it. Put diveristy in color or sexuality or gender on the stepback. Let people see it until it’s considered the norm. Put different races and body types on the step back. Yeah i think it could be a great thing if we do it, just make it better than before.

  15. xiaural2

    August 22, 2021 at 4:58 pm

    LOL I just found out about the KU borrow limit changing a couple of days ago! I had no idea it was 20 books though! thanks and I enjoyed your video

  16. Eva Vee

    August 22, 2021 at 4:58 pm

    Hi! I just discovered your channel through Jessica (PeaceLoveBooksxo), where she did a video on unpopular romance opinions, too, and I am enjoying your videos. They're so much fun and they make me laugh. I'm not sure if this is a romance hot take, but I would like to know your opinion on point of view (POV) narrative in romance novels (first person, third person). I read mostly historical romances so I prefer third-person POV. On the rare occasion when I do read contemporary romance, they're almost always written in first-person and it just feels odd reading the words "me, myself, and I". Thanks and I look forward to more of your videos.

  17. SocialBianca

    August 22, 2021 at 4:58 pm

    What if the stepbacks had the same background and poses but more diverse 🥰 I'd love that!

  18. Monica87

    August 22, 2021 at 4:58 pm

    While I agree 100% there should be more inclusivity in stepbacks, I don't think it should be an either/or situation. Why not both? I will never not say "no" to more diversity in romance marketing but taking a stance against signing a petition asking for more stepbacks feels counterproductive IMO. But that's just me. This is why I have huge mad respect for Harlequin Historicals cause they consistently represent the characters diversity on their covers. Ex: Showing brown Middle Eastern couple on cover of a HR set in ancient Egypt, showing Asian models when h/hr is Asian etc. But it's a great conversation to have and I agree about body representation as well. I would love to see thick girls represented in gorgeous gowns. How fun would that be?! So yeah, stepbacks should take that route and I think it's totally doable. I just don't want stepbacks to become obsolete to the point that publishers won't even try to keep them. I think publishers think it's dispensable and "dated" and I think we as readers should definitely push back.

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