Tag: archetypes and fairy tales

Roots of romance

Film still, Jessie Matthews interview

In her romance literature class, professor Jessie Matthews compares romance novels’ structures to those of ancient archetypal myths, legends, and folktales

Many different lives

Film still, Debbie Kaufman, 2011, Joseph Friedman, Popular Romance Project

Reading and writing let author Debbie Kaufman experience a “number of different lives.”

Starting out in romance

Film still, Jayne Ann Krentz, Joseph Friedman, Popular Romance Project

Author Jayne Ann Krentz believes that romance rests on core archetypes that remain unchanged.

The National Book Festival

Film still, Eloisa James, 2012, Library of Congress National Book Festival

At the 2012 National Book Festival, Eloisa James shared how she began writing romance.

Beasts in men’s clothing

RickyNJ, "Arctic Wolf III," Flickr, 2009

Do modern shapeshifting alpha heroes add to an old tradition of shapeshifting in stories, or are they something new?

Loving Pygmalion?

Lobby Card, My Fair Lady, 1964, Warner Bros. Pictures Distributing Corporation

What does the story of Pygmalion look like when you swap the characters’ genders? Jayashree Kamble looks at Judith Ivory’s The Proposition.

On the threshold

Evan Bench, "L'Enlèvement de Proserpine par Pluton," Flickr, 2007

Every romance features a tense moment of ritual death, when all seems lost. Scholar Pam Regis looks at where that tradition came from.

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.

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.