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beauty traps for women

Beauty Traps I

November 11, 2014 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

There is one sort of beauty trap with which all women are familiar. Another one is literary. The first beauty trap involves the perception of a woman’s beauty, from childhood through old age, both as she regards herself and as she is regarded by others. A woman’s perception of her... read more

why no one is talking about romance novels

On Silence and Singularity and the Romance Novel

November 4, 2014 4:00 am Published by 1 Comment

On October 20, 2014, a symposium on the romance novel was held at Duke University entitled “Unsuitable #1.” It was organized by Katherine DuBois and Laura Florand, both of whom write romances and teach at Duke, as do I. The presentations were wonderful and the discussion lively. One of the... read more

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The Chick-Lit Heroine

September 12, 2014 11:28 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Note: In my blog post The Politics of Romance, I sketch out the idea that part of the interest of a romance novel is the way the narrative highlights the sexual politics of the time period of the story. In my blog post The Romance Heroine, I identify two kinds of... read more

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The Forest Breeze Series

September 5, 2014 4:08 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Note: In my blog post The Romance Novel as an Art Form, I note that I’ve long admired the Rolling Stones for trying out their versions of various rock subgenres: blues, honky-tonk, hard, soft, anthem, ballad. For my part, I’ve loved exploring the range of romance subgenres. In the category of... read more

romance novels versus avante garde literature

The Romance Novel and Avant-Garde Art

August 9, 2014 11:38 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

In a previous blog post, I mentioned how romance novelists and avant-garde artists are at opposite ends of a numbers spectrum.[1] The number of people writing romance novels, novellas and/or short stories is huge. The number of avant-garde artists is small. If the number of people doing anything is more... read more

the romance novel is an art form, painting the love relationship in its many colors

The Romance Novel as an Art Form

July 16, 2014 11:18 pm Published by 1 Comment

I don’t have to go out on a limb to say this, because I’m already out on that limb: the romance novel is an art form. Yes, it’s an art form like any other. It’s a very popular art form, which means in terms of numbers of practitioners, it’s at... read more

why setting matters for story

The Sense of Place in My Novels

June 24, 2014 11:45 pm Published by 1 Comment

I love to travel. Either I go out into the world by setting foot outside my door, or I let the world come to me, primarily through books. Right now I am far outside my front door, namely in Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia. At the same time I have Kristen Ashley’s... read more

gender bias about film or book genres

Gender/Genre Bias

June 16, 2014 6:46 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The most quoted of Shakespearean questions– What’s in a name?— now has a clear answer: gender bias. Female-named hurricanes kill about twice as many people as male-named hurricanes. Why? Because people are less likely to evacuate for a female-named hurricane. Fact of the matter is, people don’t take female-named hurricanes... read more