Romance Community

How do popular romance stories bring readers, writers, academics, artists, editors, and agents together? With the rise of the Internet, romance novels have spurred the creation of vibrant global communities.

The Republic of Pemberley

Plate, Interiors, From Fragments on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening, 1816, Humphry Repton, T. Bensley and Son, public domain

What does it mean to be a Janeite? The Republic of Pemberley is one place to learn.

Regencies and the modern girl

Three women in Regency dresses walking down a street

What makes the Regency appealing to modern women? The clear rules of social propriety, says Natalie Duvall.

Archive of Our Own

Photo, Cosplay photography moo cards, Jonathan McIntosh, Flickr, 2010

What do romance fiction and fanfiction have in common? Scholar Katherine Morrissey explore fanfiction website Archive of Our Own.

Childhood reading

Film still, Kim Castillo, 2013, Joseph Friedman, Popular Romance Project

To be a writer, you have to be a reader. What books did romance authors fall in love with when they were children?

MacLean’s Eleven Scandals

Film still, Sarah MacLean, Joseph Friedman, Popular Romance Project

How do romance readers and writers share the books they love? Sarah MacLean shares her work at Lady Jane’s Salon in NYC.

Finding romance (novels)

Film still, Nalini Singh, Joseph Friedman, Popular Romance Project

How did your favorite romance authors first find the genre?

Dressing the part

Film still, Deeanne Gist in Victorian corset, 2011, Joseph Friedman, Popular Romance Project

In historical romances, the clothing may not make the man or woman, but it can speak volumes.

Hieber’s perilous prophecy

Film still, Leanna Renee Hieber, Joseph Friedman, Popular Romance Project

Leanna Renee Hieber reads at Lady Jane’s Salon.

Fifty shades of genre

Photo, The Primadonna, c. 1928, Library of Congress, No known restrictions on publication. No renewal in Copyright office.

Where does Fifty Shades of Grey fit, generically? Is it erotica? Romance? Scholar Jodi McAlister on genre boundaries.

USA Today’s HEA

Photo, Joyce Lamb, Image provided by author

Author Joyce Lamb writes about romance novels for USA Today, and enjoys every minute of it.