the ask@AAR: Which romances do body positivity well? Which don’t?
Today’s ask is a suggestion from BeckyK. She suggested we ask about body positivity— Do you enjoy books with plus size heroes/heroines? Which books/authors get it right? Which don’t? (This is a topic that elicits strong emotions from some–I ask that you respond to this post with compassion as well as honesty.) And I’d note that the very concept of body positivity has evolved–now many encourage instead body neutrality which stresses acceptance of one’s body without positive or negative feelings.
AAR has 68 romances tagged as plus sized heroine. (We don’t have a tag for plus sized hero–perhaps we should.) Of those, 18 are DIKS. The first, Taken by Lori Foster, was published in 1998. Most have been published in the past five years–eight in 2022, seven in 2021, twenty in 2020, six in 2019, and five in 2018. One, One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London, garnered an A+. The majority appear to be contemporary […]