Tag: romance and sexuality

Writing mature love

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Jennifer Crusie says that the structure of romance novels makes it difficult for them to depict mature love. Rarely do novels cover a several year period, and so writers have to foreshadow a deeper connection than the infatuation that comes from the characters first…

Taking romance seriously

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The conventional wisdom is that women who read romance are “sad, bored housewives,” says Abby Zidle, Senior Editor of Pocket Books. But as a Ph.D candidate reading romance novels, that didn’t jive with her experience as a reader. So how does she square the…

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.

Exploring emotions

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Romance novels are a safe space for women to explore a rich continuum of emotional and physical experiences, says Sarah Wendell.

Why gay romance?

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Why do romance fans choose to read and write gay romance? Author James Buchanan believes it’s the power balance.

The need to connect

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Jennifer Crusie believes people read romance out of a need to explore deep, thriving emotional connections.

Female/female romance

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Sarah Frantz discusses the history of female/female romance.

Exploring male agency

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Male romance lets women explore romance in different ways says author and publisher Doreen DeSalvo.

Reading gay romance

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

Continuum of romance

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Author Nicole Peeler believes that romance novels give women a safe space to experiment with sexuality.