by Cathy Maxwell When I was a child, I was encouraged to read anything that struck my fancy. If it intrigued me, the adult mentors in my life considered it a good book. Pirates, starships, alien creatures, time travel, historicals, dramas, and comedies—they told me to have at it and I did. In fact,… Continue reading Don’t Judge My Genre
Ilona Andrews‘s spot-on BRIEF ANALYSIS OF ALPHAHOLE TROPE IN ROMANTIC FICTION was published in February, but we’ve just discovered it. Love the charts.
by Beverly Jenkins When I began my career in 1994 with Avon’s publication of Night Song, academics paid very little attention to romance as a genre. The stories penned were often viewed as not worth the paper they were printed upon and the readers were given even shorter shrift. Now, twenty years later, my historicals… Continue reading Why should you assign popular fiction to your students?
by Megan Frampton The best books in the romance genre provide the most satisfying ending, the “Happy Ever After” first developed in fairy tales and expanded upon in romance novels. The Happy Ever After (or HEA for short) in romance novels is a given, but what’s not always there is great writing, distinct characters, and… Continue reading Romance Classics
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
Did you know about this study guide by Paul Brians of Washington State University-Pullman for Ursula LeGuin’s The Dispossessed? Professor Brians’s guide to The Handmaid’s Tale is terrific, too.
Acclaimed for her pitch-perfect accounts of rural black life and culture, Zora Neale Hurston explored new territory in her novel Seraph on the Suwanee—a story of two people at once deeply in love and deeply at odds, set among the community of poor white Southerners at the turn of the 20th century. Full of insights… Continue reading Zora Neale Hurston and the Marriage Plot