Romance Articles

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The Mindy Project and Abby the Romance Writer

November 19, 2014 8:34 pm Published by 1 Comment

Yay to The Mindy Project for introducing the character of Abby Berman. She appeared for the first time in the episode entitled Caramel Princess Time. Abby is smart, likeable, and a historical romance writer who describes the genre as “pornography you’re allowed to read on the subway.” Since it’s The... read more

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On Silence and Singularity and the Romance Novel

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

Silence surrounds the romance novel. Despite being a billion-dollar-a-year industry, romance novels are absent from high-profile book reviewing venues, literature course curricula, and general discussions of literature. Romances are also invisible. They are put in bedside drawers and not displayed either on coffee tables or on bookshelves. Sometimes they sit... read more

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BDSM: The Forest Breeze Series

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

Stories in the flourishing BDSM subgenre feature clubs with elaborate etiquette and protocols. There are strict rules for how subs address Doms. Subs tend to arrive in proper undress, and they leave their shoes at the door. Play is confined to designated areas. Any scening outside of those areas is... read more

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Puritans and the Romance Novel

August 26, 2014 11:26 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

One of the most famous Puritans was Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658.) He was the Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland, and Ireland from 1653 until his death. He was instrumental in closing English inns and theaters, which, according to him, were dens of iniquity, and in having King Charles... read more

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Avant-Garde Art and The Romance Novels

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

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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