I've seen this discussed around quite a bit now, so it may be an *old* topic; however, I want to *say* my bit anyway...
There have been news articles and videos about the recession and the alleged impact on book sales — particularly the romance genre and Harlequin. It has been mentioned how this increase in sales may be due to the fantasy/happy ending/etc. aspect.
This is all extremely relevant to my blog because that is what my reading/blogging is all about... escaping the negatives of reality. Hence, Books to the Rescue. This negative reality includes money issues (namely — unemployed, broke, and school loans to repay). It also includes some personal issues I'm dealing with (depression and a serious case of self-hate). Books are my escape from that. Blogging, reading blogs and reviews (and commenting) about books and book related subjects — even book trading and games (Paperbackswap, anyone?) — are all extensions of that escape. And it's not just the happy ending (though I look for that, too). For me, it's just living (through reading) a life that's not mine...that never will be mine.
Anyway, if you missed the articles and videos I'm referring to here are some... some positive, some condescending, and some a mixture...
Recession Fuels Readers' Escapist Urges (New York Times)
The recession heats up romance novels (Los Angeles Times)
http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/26184891/vp/30133182#30133182 (The Today Show / MSNBC)
Love Story: Romance Novel Continues to Sell in Down Economy (Includes Video) (ABC / Nightline)
NPR: Finding An Escape In Romance? (NPR: National Public Radio)
Loving the economy: Romance novels, dating services see spike in sales (KARE)