Author: Anna Carey

Anna Carey is a writer, editor, and eggs benny connoisseur based in Toronto, Ontario. Anna holds a Master of Library Science degree from the University of Illinois with a specialization in public services for youth and families, a BA in Political Philosophy from Northern Illinois University, and is a certified birth doula and prenatal educator. She's currently also a little bit occupied with new motherhood. Anna believes we owe it to ourselves and each other to find ways to be together in the world, and that by widening our networks of support for both facing challenges and celebrating successes and milestones, we can face some of our large-scale challenges much more effectively while mitigating some of the alienation that individuals report in increasing numbers. In addition to her work at Genretastic, Anna writes the weekly newsletter Letters from Mulberry Terrace and provides prenatal and postpartum support and education in her community.

Romance For Newbies: Reader’s Advisory and The Freebie Problem

Getting into any new genre is difficult and often intimidating. You know you’re interested in the idea, but there’s so much out there, of so many different quality levels, and even your best friends’ tastes just don’t line up well with yours. Plus, you’re used to one kind of story and the formula of another kind can be jarring at first.

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Romance For Newbies: Outlander & Models of Consent

Note: here be spoilers for Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series.

In the introductory post to this series, I mentioned that I was new to romance as a genre in part because I had some internalized-misogyny-type snobbery about it for a long time. Even so, though, in practice I’ve always enjoyed romantic stories, which is why cross-over type novels were on my radar a long time before standard romances made it into my world. Cross-overs from historical fiction, in particular, are things I’ve been reading for a long time and pretending they weren’t romance novels because they had, you know, research behind them.

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The Society Pages: Love

The Society Pages is a twice-monthly column about stories and feelings, through a sociopolitical lens. Because these are analyses of full narratives rather than reviews, they almost certainly contain spoilers for major plot points and narrative elements. Proceed with caution. Today: The CW’s Jane the Virgin (including comments up to episode 3.18).

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The Society Pages: Curses

The Society Pages is a twice-monthly column about stories and feelings, through a sociopolitical lens. Because these are analyses of full narratives rather than reviews, they almost certainly contain spoilers for major plot points and narrative elements. This week: Roses and Rot, by Kat Howard, and Roses in Amber, by C.E. Murphy. Proceed with caution.

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The Society Pages: A Thousand Nights

The Society Pages is a twice-monthly column about stories and feelings, through a sociopolitical lens. Because these are analyses of full narratives rather than reviews, they almost certainly contain spoilers for major plot points and narrative elements. Proceed with caution.

Today: E.K. Johnston’s A Thousand Nights and the Hero’s Journey.

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