The relatability of modern romance novels lies in the fact that most are written by modern women. Bookstores are filled with stories about women with different views on life, coming from a variety of backgrounds, and burdened with unique problems. So much emotion and personal experience is written into the characters that you feel as though there’s always something new to learn with every page. 

Women’s struggles, issues, and rights are brought to the forefront when women take control of the narrative. Even a romance novel can explore the inequality prevalent in most heterosexual relationships, or that abuse in a relationship can take on many forms. Female characters are no longer just used for a male’s growth or to add drama and depth to a story. They themselves have their own arcs that bring the entire novel to life.