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”
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”
Well, Genretastic readers, I’m back! I disappeared for the better part of a year while the tiny human I was building sapped all my creative energy, but she’s now an outside baby and I have a little bit to spare. I’m looking forward to engaging with you.Continue reading “Romance For Newbies”
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).Continue reading “The Society Pages: Love”