Author: Maya Rodale
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Summary: A really thoughtful collection of essays, conversational in tone but addressing substantial questions raised by the romance genre.
Even among some romance readers, who may describe reading romance as their ‘guilty pleasure’, romance has something of a bad reputation. Formulaic. Unrealistic. Fluff. These are just some of the charges commonly leveled against romance. In this collection of short essays, romance author and reader Maya Rodale explores the origins of the stigma surrounding romance novels. She explores the history of the romance and discusses how the treatment of romance novels tracks with the way society treats women. She also shares survey results and interview quotes to support claims about how romance novels are perceived. Read more »