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A Guaranteed, Cheap Happy Ending

In a recession, people want escapism and a happy ending. The depressing economic situation has lead to an increase in sales of romance novels, while most other genres are having a difficult time selling at all. Harlequin Enterprises, the grande dame of the romance genre, reported a 32 percent increase in 2008 earnings during the fourth quarter, compared to a year earlier. Sales in the first quarter of 2009 also remained strong, said Harlequin’s chief executive. During the Great Depression, Gone With the Wind was a blockbuster book, and readers today are looking for a similar escape from the harsh reality of foreclosures, lay-offs, and rising prices. Romance novels not only provide a welcome happy ending, but they’re also cheap, which is a plus for anyone trying to limit their guilty pleasures spending. Most paperback novels sell for $7.99 or less, compared to larger trade paperbacks that cost $12 to $15. It’s not clear, however, how much it will cost your ego if you’re caught reading a sappy romance novel in public. [NY Times] Keep reading »

Quickies!: Janet Jackson And Jermaine Dupri Are Ooover

  • DON’T FORGET to come to The Frisky TONIGHT starting at 9pm EST — Amelia will be liveblogging the “Project Runway” finale, postponing less important activities like debate watching. Live blogging is no fun if there is no audience. Don’t humiliate her!
  • Janet Jackson dumped Jermaine Dupri. Well, actually, her management dumped him for her. [Mediatakeout]
  • Gale Harold of “Desperate Housewives” was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident and is being treated in the intensive care unit. [Pop Eater]
  • Ruh-roh. What if you’re not sure your boyfriend is THE ONE? [Dear Sugar]
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