Ordinary magic

A black plaque with a checklist witch household chores

Do paranormal romance heroines have to know martial arts and wield ancient weapons? Allison Holz talks about writing more down-to-earth women.

Too old for romance?

Photo, Couple, felixtriller, Aug. 3, 2005, Flickr, Creative Commons

Author and scholar Sandra Antonelli writes romances that challenge the status quo of heroines in their 20s.

Reading gay romance

Two women embracing at the 29th Annual Vancouver Pride Parade

Same-sex romance novels have taken off in the past few years. Author Jessica Freely looks at who reads these stories, and why.

Learning from other genres

Screencapture, Book Talkers, Enokson, 2013, Flickr

Prospective writer? Read up on–and in–genres other than your own to bring spark and new understanding to your work, says Albert Wendland of Seton Hill.

Black superhero romance

Comic art, Black Panther #9: Wild Kingdom, 2005, David Yardin, Marvel Entertainment

In 2006, Marvel celebrated the first marriage of black superheroes: weather-controlling mutant Storm and African ruler Black Panther.

Romancing objectification?

Film still, Ruby Sparks, Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, 2012, 20th Century Fox

Have you read a romance starring a manic pixie dream girl? Meg Barker examines the trope in the movie Ruby Sparks.

The romance of WWII?

Photo, Fumiko Isumizawa and G McCaughey cutting their wedding cake, 25 Oct. 1952, Australian War Memorial, Flickr Commons

Was the reality of romance during World War II as satisfying as the images we see in popular culture? Scholar Karen Dunak takes a look.

Bond in love

Film still, Casino Royale, Martin Campbell, 2006, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

In James Bond’s world, the romance narrative must always fail. How and why? asks scholar Jayashree Kamble.

No Valentine’s Day

Image, Vintage Valentine's Day Postcard, Dave, Jan. 20, 2007, Flickr, Creative Commons

In the early 20th century, romance fought a battle against eugenics in the U.S.

The value of discretion

Photo, Mischief Mari with Jane Austen Teapot Cookie, mischief mari, Nov. 2, 2007, Flickr, Creative Commons

Amy Elizabeth Smith had to decide how to balance editorial, public, and personal interests when writing about her own romance (and Jane Austen).

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