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Genre Self-Reference

December 17, 2014 10:34 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

In Genre Etiquette I critique the practice of using the romance novel as an index of the kind of thing stupid people read. The practice serves to distance the writer from the romance, presumably thereby to validate and valorize the writer’s own work. It’s a hackneyed move at this point–... read more

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Genre Etiquette

December 11, 2014 10:05 am Published by Leave your thoughts

“If the heroine of one novel be not patronized by the heroine of another, from whom can she expect protection and regard?” Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey The broader context of Austen’s authorial intrusion is the following: “I will not adopt that ungenerous and impolitic custom so common with novel-writers, of degrading... read more

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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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The Chick-Lit Heroine – Two No-nos

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

The chick-lit heroine has a recognizable profile. She either possesses a fashion sense or has a bestie who can trick her out when the need arises, namely for a Big Date. She is either serially unlucky in love, or she is divorced (probably recently) from a cheating scum-bag who had... 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