Link: The Radical Joy of Romance Novels by Maya Rodale

In her Substack blog, bestselling author Maya Rodale writes about the joy romance brings to her life.

In her Substack blog, bestselling author Maya Rodale writes about the joy romance brings to her life.

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The Radical Joy of Romance Novels

I was afraid romance novels would take over my life. And they did.

I used to be afraid that if I started reading romance novels I would love it so much and be ruined for all other books (especially the hard and important ones I read for school, where all the female characters died in the end). I knew romances would be fun and as a result, they would be addicting. I imagined myself a hoarder of books in an NYC studio apartment, stuffed from floor to ceiling with mass-market paperbacks (I am “reading before kindle” years old), leaving no room for friends or family. There goes my life. Sad! 

This sort of did happen. 

And it has been glorious.

READ MORE at XO Romance: The radical joy of romance novels.

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Link: Dear Author – Republishing Out of Print Books (It’s Not as Easy as You Think)

This is a link to Dear Author’s article on why so many great books remain out of print.

This is a link to Dear Author’s article on why so many great books remain out of print.

When I began posting reviews of Dinah Dean’s long out of print Russian Series set during the early years of the nineteenth century, it was with the knowledge that Ms. Dean was deceased and that I had seen no signs of her books being digitally released. But then – a miracle! Cover & Page Publishers…

Guest Post: Republishing Out of Print Books – It’s Not as Easy as You Think

Link: The Great Smut Debate: Point of View

Great article by the folks at The Smut Debate about all the POV categories in romance. I like being in the heroine’s head as opposed to the hero’s, but knowing some of what’s going on in his mind is fine with me as well.

What say you?

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When we were coming up with examples of definite romance novels, it was relatively easy to find examples written in both first and third person, as well as single and multiple perspectives. However, when it came time for us to talk about gray area books—books that had many hallmarks for the romance genre but sometimes had readers sardonically raising their brows—we struggled to name any that weren’t single-perspective, first-person POV.

This raises the question: How does POV contribute to whether or not something feels like a romance?

What does point of view do?

Let’s start with some terminology. Point of view is the perspective from which a story is told. First person is narrated from inside a person’s head; a book where the narrator says things like “I walked into the bar” is a first-person narrative. Third person refers to the main characters as he/she/they, as appropriate: “she walked into…

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Link: In Conversation with Happily Ever After by Catherine M. Roach (2016)

The Smut Report has a fascinating review of Happily ever afterHappily Ever After by Catherine M. Roach, an analysis of Romance through a feminist, modern lens.

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I’ve decided that in order to deal with my mixed emotions about not being part of Academic Romacelandia (a combination of regret, pining, and acknowledgment that I don’t really like doing research), I’m going to try and at least read academic monographs about romance. And then write about them.

Happily Ever After: The Romance Story in Popular Culture spoke to me as someone who is kind of between worlds. Or, rather, as someone who is familiar with both Academia and Romancelandia, even if I have imposter syndrome when dealing with both of them. (Self-analysis for another time.) Roach set out to explore romance fiction – and as part of her project, acted as a participant-observer. Not just as a fan, but also as an author. (Fun fact! Her first book, a historical romance called Master of Love, culminates with the heroine pegging the hero.) So her book is…

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