Romance novels a literal influence on women’s health

ROMANCE novels may be literary lightweights but their impact on the female psyche – and human health – should not be dismissed, a psychologist says.

So-called bodice-rippers are widely read and may lead to distorted views on how to define a loving relationship, according to an article in the Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care.

“In some Western countries, romance accounts for nearly half of all fiction bought; some fans read up to 30 titles a month,” wrote relationship psychologist and self-confessed fan of the genre Susan Quilliam.

“What we see in our

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