Monday, January 4, 2010

Romance Reader, Unashamed

I've been meaning to post this but the holidays got in the way.  A very interesting piece.

Any reader of romance novels can tell you the stereotypes of the books and their readers. If you're not a romance reader, there's a good chance you can come up with them anyway: Frumpy housewives engaged in heavy breathing over thoughts of Fabio (as pirate, as viking, in a kilt...) ripping bodices. Rape fantasies for the sexually repressed. Tales of weak women rescued by strong men. Clumsy prose and overheated yet laughably euphemistic sex scenes. Feminists don't read romance novels. Smart, educated people don't read romance novels.

The rest of the article:  Romance Reader, Unashamed

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