Tag: why we read

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…

Good book noise

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Sarah Wendell of Smart Bitches, Trashy Books says reading romance is a communal experience. Before digital books and the Internet, people would judge what you read. But now, you can find people with the same reading interests as you online, and it makes the…

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.

Tale as old as time

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Appealing characters can make even the most timeworn plot sparkle, says Gallery Books senior editor Abby Zidle.

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.

Putting a bonnet on it

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Author Shelley Bates writes Amish romance under the pen name Adina Senft. What unique skills does writing Amish romance require? Who reads Amish romance, and why do they read it? Bates answers.

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.

Trust a woman

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Like many romance authors, J. Perry Stone first discovered romance by raiding her mother’s stash.

Women who read romance

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