Romance novels need a canon
"Bet Me" by Jennifer Crusie
And that’s exactly what was rewarded at the nominations for the Ig Nobel Prize on Thursday.
The Ig Nobel’s celebrate science research that is weird or funny and this year’s nominees did not disappoint.
Researchers from France and the US proved that the ‘beer goggles’ effect actually works on oneself to make you feel more attractive while drinking.
The Joint Prize in Biology and Astronomy Prize went to scientists who proved that lost dung beetles can roll a perfect ball of poo and use the Milky Way to find their way home.
Japanese scientist Masanori Niimi won the medicine prize for his finding that mice who listened to opera after heart transplants survived longer.
Verdi’s La Traviata caused the mice to live 20 days longer than average but they were only willing to cling to life for an extra four days for the singer Enya.
The awards are sponsored by the science humor magazine Annals of Improbable Research but the research itself is no joke.
It’s all has all been published in prestigious, peer-reviewed academic journals.
Organizer Marc Abrahams said the point is to make people laugh and then think.
“The combination of science that is funny on its own — not because someone is making a joke, but it is funny — that’s an unusual notion in the United States,” he said. ”It is becoming more acceptable again.”
The winners of the Ig will give 60-second speeches at MIT on Saturday or get booed off the stage by an eight-year-old girl.
The real Nobel prize winners will be announced next month.
"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.