Pick-ups and petting

Comic, I was a Pick-Up!, Young Romance #1, September/October 1947, Feature Publications: 1/1, Writer: Joe Simon, Artist: Jack Kirby, Library of Congress

Romance comics told stories designed both to appeal to and instruct young woman readers, according to scholar Jeanne Gardner.

Category to chart topper

Photo, Romance Novels, 28 August 2009, Ellen Forsyth, Flickr, creative commons

Category romance is a training ground for many famous authors.

Critique partners

Film still, Elizabeth Essex and Joanne Lockyer, Joseph Friedman, Popular Romance Project

Joanne Lockyer and Elisabeth Essex are critique partners. How does this relationship work?

Troubadours and fin’amor

Miniature, Herr Konrad von Altstetten, 249v, Große Heidelberger Liederhandschrift, c. 1300-1340, University Library Heidelberg

The medieval troubadour composed poetry about the transformative power of love that still resonates today.

Publish or not to publish?

Film still, Dominique Raccah and Deb Werksman, Joseph Friedman, Popular Romance Project

Deb Werksman and Dominique Raccah of Sourcebooks explain that each romance needs to have something new, fresh, and different.

Feeling “sheiky”?

Jennie King Mellon Library, "Bedouin Sheik," Flickr, c.1880-90

Scholar Hsu-Ming Teo looks at how sheik romances both exoticize and normalize the Middle East for Western readers.