What Romance Teaches Us About Being Heroines

by Sarah MacLean Forty years ago, the modern romance genre began with the publication of Kathleen Woodiwiss’s The Flame & the Flower. While she certainly stood on the shoulders of Georgette Heyer and the Brontë sisters and Jane Austen, Woodiwiss changed publishing forever with a single, simple, high-concept idea: What if she wrote an adventure… Continue reading What Romance Teaches Us About Being Heroines

Cinderella Revisted (Or, Why I Teach the History of the Romance Novel to University Students)

by Katharine Ashe Testimony: When I was young, I loved the Cinderella story. What’s not to love? Poor, hardworking, warmhearted girl beaten down by life gets rich, handsome, powerful guy, and—bonus!—gets to thumb her nose at the mean girls. As sanitized by Disney, with the addition of adorable mice, it’s pure charm. Then I went… Continue reading Cinderella Revisted (Or, Why I Teach the History of the Romance Novel to University Students)