Romance novels have a long and fascinating history, all the way back to the beginning of the novel in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. While there isn’t very much scholarship about romance novels (yet!) there are a few outstanding books focusing on the genre, its readers and its development from a few lady authors, like Jane Austen, scribbling stories in their drawing rooms to a billion dollar industry today. Here are must Must Reads for the romance scholar or the romance reader who just wants to know more about her beloved books.
Why are romance novels, such a massively powerful and profitable female-driven industry, exemplified by Fabio?
The term bodice ripper may inflame your passions (in a bad way, or in a good way!), but these old skool romances are still worth a read. Some are entertaining and some show how much the genre has transformed. All of them are epic love stories with happy endings
Fetch the smelling salts, your grace! If you love a romantic hero who happens to be a duke, then you just might enjoy some of my favorite historical (and contemporary!) romance novels featuring dukes.
Bodice rippers. Mommy porn. One-handed reads for spinsters. Given how our culture talks about erotic fiction and those who read it, it’s no wonder that many of us may feel shame about reading “those books.” Here’s why you should feel good about reading for pleasure.