At the Popular Romance Studies: International Conference, organised by the International Association for the Study of Popular Romance (IASPR), there was a brief discussion to explore this question: Are older under-represented in the romance genre? If so, why? Good questions. The average age of heroine in U.S. romance novels is between 24-26 (and possibly ... more >
McVane has kindly thought up some poll ideas for me. (They are hard, you guys!). I thought this topic was particularly apt given two things. First, there are some readers who believe that the best of romance is in the past and that what is being published today is good ... more >
NOTE: I flushed the poll because there was some confusion about the “PUBLIC” nature of the criticism. I want the poll to reflect the temperature of whether public criticism is acceptable. Sorry for the restart. The website mistress of The Season (a place to find out about new historical romance ... more >
I think I was a preteen when I first started reading romances, albeit against my mother’s wishes. I am sure I was only 14 when I read Whitney, My Love. God I loved that book when I was 14. Of course Whitney and my maturity level was about the same ... more >
Abortion has been fairly taboo in romance. In other words, a heroine has rarely ever seriously contemplated abortion or had one. Would a heroine who had an abortion be acceptable?
There are officially over 400 books published each month and this number only counts print published books and does not take into account digitally published books. 400 seems like a lot, particularly given that we don’t have tons of diversity within the genre. Do we need less books published (and ... more >