Me Before You just premiered in theatres, adding another entry to the long pantheon of films about disabled people, for nondisabled people. Like others, it relies on cripface and the presentation of disability as an unimaginable tragedy, which is hugely offensive.
Over the summer, something very troubling happened: The Romance Writers of America listed a romance set in a concentration camp as a finalist for the Rita, its most prestigious award, the community fought back, and the board issued a statement betraying a fundamental lack of understanding about the issues at hand. That For Such A Time made it […]
One of the very first articles I wrote for xoJane when I was brought on board last year was a discussion of the rich guy/poor girl setup in an astounding number of romance novels. It’s a plotline that tends to fall out along very familiar lines; the poor girl is a maid or other menial […]
In evaluating the exploding teen paranormal romance genre, a lot of adults are making the mistake of writing it off as garbage, and believing that anyone who reads it isn’t educated or isn’t seriously interested in books or reading. The assumption is that all books in the genre are identical, that it represents a cookie-cutter […]
Rape-romance is a rather old and established genre; for those not familiar with it, it’s a subset of romance that involves things like ‘forced seduction.’ The basic storyline involves the heroine repeatedly resisting the advances of the hero, who eventually ‘forces[1. What a nice word for rape.]’ her, making her realise that she really does […]
Raunch has a well-established and beloved place in the world of fiction, and it’s an ancient history, too. The Greeks produced their fair share of it, Shakespeare added to it, and authors today continue the trend in literature and other forms of pop culture. Humans have a deep love for raunch, and that need is […]
As readers are aware, I read romance novels. Sometimes I’ll tear through a pile in a week and other times I won’t touch one for a few weeks or even months. Romance novels are very much among my reading tastes, and I have all sorts of opinions on them. Before I came out as asexual, […]
Guaranteed conversationstopper in a group of people who like to consider themselves liberal and well educated: The words ‘I read romance novels’ or ‘I was reading a romance the other day and…’ or some combination thereof. Romance novels, you see, are simply Not Done in our circles. Well, I’ve got news for you: I read […]