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

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)

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Things We Saw Today

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

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

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Our Adorable Past

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

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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Inside of a dog it's too dark to read

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

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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Lies Damned Lies

Reality vs. Bodice Ripping: The Truth About Victorian Underwear

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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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: How Video Game Makers Design Characters

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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Just Go With It

These Self Portraits Based on Romance Novel Covers Are Exceedingly Creepy

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.)