Romance novels need a canon
"Bet Me" by Jennifer Crusie
Scientists believe they have discovered one of the questions that has plagued societies for millenia: are haters gonna hate?
Researchers have shown that indeed some people have a disposition to hate everything, while some others tend to like, or at least be more positive about, everything.
To get their findings, scientists gave participants in the study a scale to measure a wide variety of objects and phenomena.
After quizzing them on their feelings about them, researchers asked participants to gauge the “Monahan LPI-800 Compact 2/3-Cubic-Foot 700-Watt Microwave Oven” which was intentionally made-up to have an obnoxious name.
Researchers asked whether they believed that this new product would indeed be successful.
Tallying the results, the researchers found what we’ve all known to be true: that some people just hate on things, while others are usually more positive.
It means that some people are more likely to take positive steps with their lives, while others remain jaded and skeptical.
“The dispositional attitude construct represents a new perspective in which attitudes are not simply a function of the properties of the stimuli under consideration, but are also a function of the properties of the evaluator,” the authors wrote in a statement.
The study was published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
"Bet Me" by Jennifer Crusie
"Welcome to Temptation" by Jennifer Crusie
Another of Crusie's romantic comedies, this one in the shadow of an ostentatiously phallic water tower. Read the whole essay.
"A Gentleman Undone" by Cecilia Grant
A Regency romance with beautifully broken people and some seriously steamy sex. Read the whole essay.
"Black Silk" by Judith Ivory
A beautifully written, exquisitely slow-building Regency; the plot is centered on a box with some very curious images, as Edward Gorey might say. Read the whole essay.
"For My Lady's Heart" by Laura Kinsale
A medieval romance, the period piece functions much like a dystopia, with the courageous lady and noble knight struggling to find happiness despite the authoritarian society. Read the whole essay.
"Sweet Disorder" by Rose Lerner
A Regency that uses the limitations on women of the time to good effect; the main character is poor and needs to sell her vote ... or rather her husband's vote. But to sell it, she needs to get a husband first ... Read the whole essay.
"Frenemy of the People" by Nora Olsen
Clarissa is sitting at an awards banquet when she suddenly realizes she likes pictures of Kimye for both Kim and Kanye and she is totally bi. So she texts to all her friends, "I am totally bi!" Drama and romance ensue ... but not quite with who she expects. I got an advanced copy of this YA lesbian romance, and I’d urge folks to reserve a copy; it’s a delight. Read the whole essay.
"The Slightest Provocation" by Pam Rosenthal
A separated couple works to reconcile against a background of political intrigue; sort of "His Gal Friday" as a spy novel set in the Regency. Read the whole essay.
"Again" by Kathleen Gilles Seidel
Set among workers on a period soap opera, it manages to be contemporary and historical both at the same time. Read the whole essay.
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