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  1. No Guilt In My Pleasures: How to Critique and Still Enjoy

    There’s something special about an entertainment guilty pleasure that allows an escape from regular life. Books, movies, TV shows, music, and comics that draw the consumer into a world unlike this one we live in, even if they aren’t the top of their craft in terms of production and intellect. Whether you’re depressed, frustrated with your life, or even just paid to criticize media, a guilty pleasure can offer a chance to turn off your brain and just enjoy something for a while. But does media th

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  2. I Do Declare! 86-Year-Old Great-Grandmother Has Written Her First Romance Novel.

    I've fallen (for you) and I can't get up!

    You can take your Christian Grey and shove him: No Goodbye is the new socially acceptable erotic plane-read.

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  3. Library Helps Teens Protest Valentines, Deface Romance Novels

    There is not enough ink in this world for all the dicks they would have drawn

    Poor Toronto Public Library. You tried to identify with angsty teens, and now people think you're a Ray Bradbury villain. What can I say, Valentine's Day is hard.

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  4. The World’s Oldest Romance Novelist Passes Away At 105


    Ida Pollock was her name, though you may have known her by one of her many pseudonyms - Joan M. Allen, Susan Barrie, Jane Beaufort, Rose Burghley, or Marguerite Bell. Whatever name you knew her by, she was the oldest romance novelist and she passed away last week at the impressive age of 105. And boy, did she lead an interesting life.

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  5. There’s a Whole Series of Dinosaur Erotica. Isn’t the World a Wonderful Place?

    hold on to your butts

    I'd like to say thank you to Christie Sims, author of the "Dinosaur Beast Erotica" series. And I'm not being sarcastic. If werewolf erotica is a thing then it's just not fair for dinosaurs not to get their due. (Yes, I know Gryphons aren't dinosaurs. But this is a post about dinosaur erotica. Just let it go.) (via: Geekologie) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  6. Things We Saw Today: C-3PO With Shuffling Action

    Things We Saw Today

    Artist Steve Thomas created a vintage toy style C-3PO illustration. Prints are available! (via Laughing Squid)

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  7. World’s Most Prolific Novelist Still Had Time to be a Daredevil Aviator; Meet Barbara Cartland

    Our Adorable Past

    Barbara Cartland is best known for penning "risqué" (though they rarely contained anything of an, ah, suggestive nature) thrillers, plays, and romance novels with titles like The Bitter Winds of Love, and The Wicked Marquis, and penning a lot of them. She holds the world record for most books written in a single year (twenty-three, in 1983 when she was fifty-eight), and has been named the top selling author in the world by Guinness. She sold more than a billion books over her career, with a total of nearly nine hundred novels, one hundred and sixty of which were published posthumously. But what she isn't well known for, as io9 shows us today, is her contributions to aviation and, relatedly, the war effort in England during WWII.

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  8. Romance Writers Group Cancels Contest Due to Backlash Over Disqualifying Gay Romance Stories

    Inside of a dog it's too dark to read

    When Romance Writers Ink listed the rules for their 2012 More Than Magic contest for published romance writers, they made sure that they'd be able to accomodate everyone. Their international network of judges were romance fans, and no matter what genre you write in, no matter how steamy (or innocent) your story was, they had a judge for you. Tentacles? Got that. Medieval history? Got that. Vampires? Single moms? Secret agents? Young professionals? They've got a judge who they knew would be able to see the content of your story in a not-unfavorable light, and be able to judge it for its quality. Unless your story was about two dudes or two ladies.

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  9. Reality vs. Bodice Ripping: The Truth About Victorian Underwear

    Lies Damned Lies

    You know you've had fantasies about it before. You're a gorgeous lady in times before social networking -- back when social networking actually involved being social. A handsome gentleman caller approaches you warmly, caressing your neck. You invite him up to a lofty bedroom with velvet draping and scented oils (or something). He begins to kiss you gently, you return the kisses ... it's getting hotter, and you just can't stand the thought of your hands on anything but each other! You rip off his coat, he tears open your dress, revealing heaving bosoms, suffocating against the confines of a whale-bone corset! Take me, Dr. Egon Spengler! Take me now! Except all of this would be highly inaccurate. Because romance novelist Deeanne Gist has gotten to the bottom of all the lacy underthing mysteries and debunked bodice-ripping scenes like the one I just described at the annual convention for Romance Writers of America. But a girl can dream (if that's her thing).

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  10. Things We Saw Today: How Video Game Makers Design Characters

    Things We Saw Today

    Things We Saw Today is going to be picture lite today. I guess maybe it's Things We Read Today. (chart from I Love Charts, via mental_Floss.)

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  11. These Self Portraits Based on Romance Novel Covers Are Exceedingly Creepy

    Just Go With It

    Says Alex Holder of her couple portraits:

    Sometimes we sit for hours staring at a sea shell. Other times he'll hold me by the neck in front of the pyramids. But there's nothing we like more than nearly kissing each other near some horses. I always try to look hot in front of him so he doesn't leave me.
    Sounds good, Alex. We can't wait to see the one where you have a third hand. (Two more portraits here, via The Hairpin.)

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