Romance is a genre that some people look down upon in book form. At the same time, I think romantic comedies and romances as movies are very, very popular. I would want to create a display called, “You’ve Seen the Movie, Now Read the Book!” One part of the display would feature some popular romantic comedy and romance movies with their book counterparts (ex. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, Something Borrowed by Emily Griffin, PS, I Love You by Cecelia Ahern, Austenland by Shannon Hale, etc.). Another section of the display would feature popular romance movies with some romance book read-alikes. The last section of this display would be romance books that are in the process of becoming movies or will soon be in theaters.
The overall goal with this display is to expose readers to romance as a book genre and to help them make that transition from romance movies to romance books. We want patrons to see that they already like the stories being told in these books by showing the connections between movies that they may have enjoyed and their book counterparts. Hopefully by doing this we can remove some of the stigma that currently surrounds this genre. This display would probably be most effective in February close to Valentine’s Day but may be able to work around Christmas time with more seasonal books and movies.