Pamela as precedent

Samuel Richardson, Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded, British Library, 1740-1

Pamela Regis set out to track the romance novel’s history, from Samuel Richardson’s Pamela to the present day.

Romance as unifier

Film still, Sarah Wendell interview, Popular Romance Project

Romance novels bring diverse readers together, says Sarah Wendell of romance community website Smart Bitches, Trashy Books.

Magnetism of fairy tales

Photo, Eloisa James, Image provided by subject

Romance readers are hungry for fairy tales adapted to grapple with ancient and modern philosophical questions, says author Eloisa James.