Love Between the Covers
US, 2015, 86 minutes, Color, DVD
Order No. W161173
LOVE BETWEEN THE COVERS was selected as the #1 choice of all 2015 videos by the American Library Association's Booklist Review.
Romance fiction outsells all other genres of writing, from crime to science fiction, combined. So why is the genre so often dismissed as frivolous "scribble"? Could it be that it's because the overwhelming majority of writers and readers are women? This funny and inspiring look into a billion dollar industry turns up trailblazers who push the discussion on gender, race, sexuality and diversity at the front lines of the biggest power shift in publishing.
In LOVE BETWEEN THE COVERS Emmy Award® Winning director Laurie Kahn (TUPPERWARE!, A MIDWIFE'S TALE) turns her insightful eye towards another American pop culture phenomenon: the romance industry. Creating online empires and inventing new markets are authors like Beverly Jenkins, a pioneer of African American romance, Len Barot (aka Radclyffe, L.L. Raand), a surgeon and lesbian-romance legend who started her own publishing house, and the incomparable Nora Roberts. This documentary offers fascinating insights into the history and popularity of this female-centric literary world.
Book LOVE BETWEEN THE COVERS filmmaker Laurie Kahn to speak at your university
AWARDS, FESTIVALS, & SCREENINGS
- Hot Docs Documentary Film Festival
- Los Angeles Film Festival
- Mill Valley Film Festival
- St. Louis Film Festival
- Provincetown International Film Festival
- Cincinnati Film Festival
- Sidewalk Film Festival
- Independent Film Festival Boston
- Woods Hole Film Festival
- Newburyport Documentary Film Festival
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“Upbeat and heartfelt..."
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The Hollywood Reporter
"The film surprises with its feminist message… This is the one place where you will consistently find women’s sexuality treated fairly and positively.”
The Globe and Mail
"For viewers who know little or nothing about romance fiction, Kahn’s documentary will deliver one astonishment after another."
The Booklist Reader
“…an affectionate look at the vast, unheralded community of women who have effectively kept the publishing industry afloat..."
The Boston Globe
“Love is a great choice for cultural sociologists in general and for classroom use."
Canadian Sociological Association
“Groundbreaking exploration of a billion dollar business dominated by women.”
LA Film Festival
"If your library owns romances, show readers some love and buy this film."
Melanie C. Duncan, Shurling Lib.
"Writers and fans demonstrate affection and mutual respect for each other in this well-edited program that will be devoured by romance readers, aspiring writers, and anyone who loves reading."
"***...Recommended… Laurie Kahn’s lively documentary LOVE BETWEEN THE COVERS makes a solid case for an appreciation of a much maligned genre."
"If you want to understand what makes the most popular of popular genres tick, hurry up and watch Love Between the Covers. A refreshingly smart look at romance fiction today, yesterday, and tomorrow."
Professor William Gleason
"Covers is a fabulous little film, even if you don't have strong feelings one way or another about romance novels. It will also show you that there's much more to them than you might think."
"Kahn’s intimate and inspirational film offers a glimpse into their supportive and creative community."
"Love Between the Covers is an unexpectedly compelling exploration of the romance novel industry."
"A fascinating documentary."
"Delightful...sharp and affectionate...it should also be observed with keen interest by anyone who wants to understand how incredibly friendly and supportive an industry driven by women, for women can be, how collaboration trumps competition."
"LOVE BETWEEN THE COVERS is a valuable resource: a lively collection of interviews and footage that is sure to stimulate thought. The greatest achievement of Love Between the Covers is that it presents the complexity of romance fiction as an ecosystem...... sociologically minded students and scholars will value the insights into romance fiction’s intricate, vibrant networks and systems."
Journal of Popular Romance Studies
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Love Between the Covers Multimedia Resource Guide
Edited by Eric Selinger (president and co-founder of IASPR, the International Association for the Study of Popular Romance)
The Popular Romance Project:
A wonderful digital resource exploring popular romance and popular culture answering such questions such as “How do professors teach popular romance?” “Why study popular romance?” “How does romance fiction reflect social change?” Plus more!
Radio West Interview featuring Director Laurie Kahn and Professor William Gleason (Princeton University)
If you love podcasts, you’ll love this engaging interview on the nation-wide Radio West program hosted by Doug Fabrizio
Library of Congress: What Is Love? Romance Fiction in the Digital Age (an International Multimedia Conference ) VIDEO
Love Between the Covers not only screened at the successful Library of Congress conference, it was also acquired by the Library’s media collection.
Filmmaker Interview. Los Angeles Film Festival
Duke University: "Unsuitable" Blog
A great blog published by Duke University. It is a complement to their course “The Romance Novel,” and contributors include scholars, students, and writers interested in public conversation concerning women’s engagement with popular culture, both historically and today, especially popular fiction.
How to use the film in your classroom:
"Teaching with Love Between the Covers" Professor Eric Selinger, president and co-founder of IASPR, the International Association for the Study of Popular Romance, and member of the Popular Romance Project Board of Advisors.
Penetrating Analysis: a blog about popular romance as literature