by Cathy Jean and Trysh Travis, guest bloggers and romance researchers
Greetings, romance readers! We are two researchers at the University of Florida and we want to get your opinions about the romances you read—especially if you love sheikh novels.
Our research suggests that there are a lot of misconceptions out there about these books and the people who read them, so we want to gather information and set the record straight.
The top stereotypes we’ve encountered:
- People assuming that sheikh romances show Arab culture as “primitive” society.
- People assuming that the male characters in these books are unusually cruel and/or kinky, with the suggestion (sometimes just hinted at) that this is due to the “primitive” society they come from and their fascination with and/or hatred for “civilized” or Western society.
- People assuming that the women who read sheikh romances don’t know anything about the “real” Middle East.
It really is pretty amazing the attitudes people have and we could really use your help!
If you read this blog, you are an expert on the romance genre, so please share your wisdom with us by completing a quick (about five minutes) survey here: http://kwiksurveys.com/online-survey.php?surveyID=NOJLLK_6ed851cb
Cathy and Trysh need you're help so don't wait! Take the survey! I did it and it doesn't take very long at all to complete. Really just five minutes.
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