LOVE BETWEEN THE COVERS REVIEWED
“Love Between The Covers” could almost be a perfect documentary. However, the focus is so scattershot that no one aspect gets a greater sense of coverage. While that is true, there is an interlocking sense of wanting to cover aspiring talents. When you get people Nora Roberts stating the realistic nature of the industry, it keeps cutting back to these wide-eyed hopefuls and fans. The nature of the editing makes their reality seem rather cruel.
The documentary spends most of its time trying to fight for the legitimacy of the romantic novel. While it was considered disposable trash for ages, it is keeping publishing afloat in a digital era. There’s an argument made for diversity and creativity keeping the field alive, but it keeps getting tap danced around. If The Onion could give full articles to romantic e-books written about having relations with dinosaurs and Rob Gronkowski, then why couldn’t the documentary delve into the matter a little deeper?
That being said, “Love Between The Covers” gets the job done. The documentary made me care about its topic and its impact on publishing. While I found some of the fans to be out there, none of them were as aggressive as what we see in more fantastical subject matter. Still, this feels like the first entry in what could be a five or six part series about the topic.
- 1 hour and 35 mins
- Not Rated
RELEASE DATE: 7/12/16
The Plot Thus Far
LOVE BETWEEN THE COVERS is the fascinating documentary of the vast, funny, and savvy female community that has built a powerhouse industry sharing love stories. The documentary features popular romance writers, Nora Roberts, Eloisa James, Beverly Jenkins, Radclyffe, Celeste Bradley, Susan Donovan and more.
Romance fiction is sold in 34 languages on six continents, and the genre grosses more than a billion dollars a year — outselling mystery, sci-fi, and fantasy combined. Yet the millions of voracious women (and sometimes men) who read, write, and love romance novels have remained oddly invisible. Until now!
Eloisa James, a tenured professor of Shakespeare at Fordham University, is known for her many popular romance novels, Desperate Duchesses, An Affair Before Christmas, Duchess By Night, A Duke of Her Own. This romance heavy- hitter navigates the high-powered New York publishing industry with her friend and personal assistant Kim Castillo, who helps to make Eloisa James the Harper Collins “rock star of social media.”
LOVE BETWEEN THE COVERS, for three years, follows the lives of five very diverse published romance authors and one unpublished newbie as they build their businesses, find and lose loved ones, cope with a tsunami of change in publishing, and earn a living doing what they love—while empowering others to do the same. Romance authors have built a fandom unlike all others, a global sisterhood where authors know their readers personally and help them become writers themselves. During the three years we’ve been shooting Love Between the Covers, we have witnessed the biggest power shift that has taken place in the publishing industry over the last 200 years. And it’s the romance authors who are on the front lines, pioneering new ways to survive and build communities in this rapidly changing environment.