Fun Facts about Romance

Romance novels. They’re everywhere: on bestseller lists, in grocery stores and on bookshelves in homes all over the world. Check out a few interesting statistics about the genre:

30–54 years old

Average ages of the romance book buyer


Percentage of romance book buyers that are female


Percentage of readers who discuss the books with friends

75 million

Number of Americans who read at least one romance novel last year

Top genres for e-books

Erotica, romance, science fiction, fantasy, mystery, historical, and adult fiction

Friends to lovers

Most popular romance trope

20 years or more

Length of time 35.1 percent of readers have been fans of the genre


Average income of romance book buyers


Copies sold last year of the best-selling romance novel of 2015, Grey, author E.L. James’ retelling (from the man’s POV) of her first book, 50 Shades of Grey


The number of men who secretly read romance. The truth is out boys!

110 (million)

Number of roses (mostly red) that will be purchased and delivered around Valentine's Day in the U.S.

141 (million)

The number of Valentine’s Cards exchanged worldwide each year


The amount of minutes the average person will spend kissing in their lifetime !


Percent of people that will tilt their head to the right when kissing.


The number of years men will live longer if they kiss their wives in the morning.


'X' became symbolic for a kiss because in the middle ages when alot of people were illiterate and they used to sign documents with an X and then kiss it for sincerity. (In medieval Italy, if a man was caught kissing a woman in public, he had to marry her whether he liked it or not.)

8 out of 10

Number of people who think that the first kiss indicates how the rest of the relationship will be.


out of five marry their first love.

A team

of medical experts in Virginia contends that you're more likely to catch the common cold virus by shaking hands than by kissing.


The most popular month to get engaged, with 19% of engagements taking place. The least popular month is January, with only 4%.


The number of men who propose on one knee.


Percent of all mass market paperback books sold are Romances. Romance novels earn more money in the USA yearly than baseball! So, what's the national pastime?


The number of hours registered in the Guinness book of records for the longest kiss


percent of men would rather their partner surprise them with a gift than ask what they would like.


The amount of calories a kiss burns. Get off those treadmills people and start kissing!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my Romantic fun facts for the day!

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