Tag: HEA and HFN

Where women win

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Romance novels are often thought of as straightforward, where the heroine gets her happy ending. But Catherine Roach argues that, for a novel to be about a woman having a rounded and fulfilling life, it’s a transgressive act.

The black feminist love story

"Zora Hurston, beating the mama drum," Library of Congress, 1937.

Their Eyes Were Watching God features a tragic love story. So what made it a model love story for future generations?

Optimism in U.S. Romance

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Where did the American expectation of a happy ending to romantic stories originate? Scholar Eric Selinger looks back.

Growing into romance

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Author Melanie Ann Schaeffer found her reading niche when she first encountered romance novels. Writing and reading romance provides her with an occasional welcome escape from reality, and a way of exploring love and humor with boomer-era characters.

The power of romance

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The romance narrative is one of the, if not the, most powerful narratives in existence, says scholar Catherine Roach.

Engaging the reader

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Bookstore owner Rosemary Potter knows what it takes for a romance novel to grab a reader.

Women who read romance

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Sarah Wendell talks about why romance and its happy endings matter.

The changing HEA

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Scholar Eric Selinger argues that every romance novel presents a unique HEA—or even HFN (Happy For Now)—that fits that particular novel and no other.

Getting their payoff

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Author Jessica Andersen argues that romance novels provide readers with a world where fairness and justice prevail.

Subverting the HEA

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Suzanne Brockmann makes sure to put a fresh spin on old tropes in her romance novels.