A few days back, Steve Hogan said:
I spent several months in charge of the Romance section of a large NYC bookstore (Sections were rotated on a regular basis.) and used to talk to a lot of the women who shopped in it. (They were a very voracious audience.)
Judging from what I observed, Harlequin graphic novels in the current market would sell worse than new Coke.
There's a kind of lower/middlebrow sensibility amongst a lot of the Romance audience.
Um, I don't know about that. I've defended it before, but there are some that do quite well. Besides, what you see is on the shelves because that is what gets bought.
Here. Take this excerpt for example. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/stores/detail/-/books/0505524384/excerpt/
It may not be your cup of tea, but you have to admit it IS almost closer to a comic book idea than most "romances" you might see on the shelf. This particular author also writes traditional romances because, hey-they DO pay the bills. I know this author because she was part of the website I once did.
The publisher tries a variety of the lesser selling romance subgenres, such as gothic horror romances and paranormal romances. The following is small for these paranormals and the like, but the fans are usually devoted.