Misquoting the Bard

Oil on canvas, Ophelia, 1851-1852, John Everett Millais, Photo by Gandalf's Gallery, 7 April 2010, Flickr, creative commons

Shakespeare quotations (and misquotations) appear often in romance novels. Why? asks scholar Tamara Whyte.

True love’s kiss

Photo, T2i - Yellow frog, 21 April 2010, @Doug88888, Flickr, creative commons

Were fairy tales originally all that romantic? Not by modern standards, says scholar Linda J. Lee.

Myth in Mills and Boon

Sculpture, The Abduction of Proserpine by Pluto, François Girardon, Photo by austinevan, 14 August 2007, Flickr

Category romances can demonstrate sophisticated themes drawn from classical archetypes, says scholar Jayashree Kamble.

Hero or stalker?

Margaret Mahy, The Changeover, Magnet, 1994

How do we know if a hero’s being heroic–or creepy? Deborah Kaplan looks at Twilight (2005) and The Changeover (1984).

Nora, most popular of all

Digital collage, Nora Roberts' Covers, Vision in White, Bed of Roses, The Next Always, Collage by Popular Romance Project, Publishers: Berkley Trade

Nora Roberts’ novels are such a success because Roberts captures a basic optimism about human relationships, says scholar An Goris.