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.Continue reading “Romance For Newbies: Reader’s Advisory and The Freebie Problem”
Welcome to the first of our weekly Westworld S2 Ep recaps! I’ll be taking a look at each week’s episode (usually closer to broadcast) as they come out, and then turning the conversation over to all of us as a collective project in the comments. This season looks to be quite the ride, and I’m excited to help us all puzzle through it. SPOILERS AHOY!Continue reading “Westworld S2 Ep 1: Journey Into Night”
An interesting way to gain a different perspective on con-going is to work one. Having now participated as a vendor and as a speaker, I’ve learned some neat stuff that seemed worth sharing, so today I’ll let you in on some secrets of the vendor floor.Continue reading “Six Secrets From the Vendor’s Floor”
Because you’re here at Genretastic, I’m going to assume that you’re the kind of person who considers what smart, engaged people have to say about genre fiction in all its forms.Continue reading “Romance For Newbies: Happily Ever After”
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.Continue reading “Romance For Newbies: Outlander & Models of Consent”