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Outlander Introduces Slavery Into Its Narrative So Claire & Jamie Can Make Heart Eyes in Jamaica

The ways in which this episode of Outlander made me cringe and rage were varied and immense. From the "tropical drum beat" added to the opening song, to the fact that it's an episode filled with nameless black people, and that Claire ends up participating in slavery. Ugh, guys, you should have just stayed in Europe.

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Facebook’s Virtual Reality Dating Show Is Pretty Fun, but Maybe Not Multiple-Episode Fun

Proof that a bad date is a bad date, even when you're taking the form of a dinosaur.

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Love in the Time of Being a Nervous Choleria*: The Romance Writers of America National Convention

Maybe we’re all ready for a little more romance in our lives.

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10 Best Romances in Non-Romance Movies and TV

Here are ten of our favorite romances, in non-romance movies and television!

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This Clip From Passengers Finds Jennifer Lawrence Living My Worst Nightmare

Having seen this first clip from the upcoming film, Passengers? If I'm ever on a huge spaceship with a pool? I'm never, ever, ever setting foot in that pool.

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Stop Calling Romance Novels “Just” Love Stories—They’re So Much More

The struggle to destroy negative misconceptions of romance fiction parallels the struggle to make equality of the sexes real in our world. And that deserves respect.

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Falling in Love With Ourselves: Blending Romance and Coming-of-Age Narratives in Gay YA Fiction

Learning who you are or who you want to be when you’re on your own is intense enough. Learning who you are while also learning who you want to be when in a relationship? Ten times more intense!

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Exclusive: Meet Emma Sheridan, the Outlander-Obsessed Heroine of KC Dyer’s Finding Fraser

I met Jamie Fraser when I was nineteen years old. I fell in love hard, fast, and completely. He was the perfect man. That he was fictional hardly entered into it.

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Celebrating the Villain Origin Story in Out of Nowhere

I’ve always loved an origin story. Show me the catalyst for Bruce Wayne’s transformation into Batman, or where Domino’s powers come from. Create spinoff series starring the quirky best friend or the mysterious sidekick and I’m totally there. Both serial and recursive, comics are the perfect medium for telling multi-strand, multi-character stories at multiple points in time. My all-time favorite origin story, though? The villain’s.

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Inside Follow Me Into Darkness, a New Mardi Gras-Inspired Queer Romance Anthology

Decades from now, when all of social media is a single feed implanted directly in our brains, my grandchildren will climb up on my solar-powered rocking chair and say “Tell me about Twitter.” I won’t tell them the bad stuff. I will tell them this: Twitter was a magical place where one minute you’d be joking around with a bunch of writer friends, and the next minute someone would say “HEY, HOW’S ABOUT WE DO AN ANTHOLOGY."

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Queer Romance Month: The Value of Reading What You Like and Being Who You Are

Queer Romance Month, now in its second year, is a month-long celebration of romance across the LGBTQ+ spectrum, with posts from a variety of readers, writers, bloggers and more, united by our belief that love is love and nobody’s sexuality is a sub-genre.

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10 Sci-Fi Stories Created by Women of Color

They're out there...but you have to look WAY too hard to find them. So I did it for you!

This list was difficult to put together. It shouldn't have been, but it was.

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The Mary Sue Exclusive: The Secret Loves of Geek Girls Preview – Sarah Searle’s “Better Than Fiction”

Nothing goes together quite like geek girls and romance comics.

The Secret Loves of Geek Girls, a mixed-medium non-fiction anthology featuring comics, prose, and illustrated stories, takes us into the lives and loves of some of comics' and literature's most intriguing and talented female creators (like Margaret Atwood and former TMS associate editor, Sam Maggs!). In a TMS Exclusive, The Secret Loves of Geek Girls present a preview in the form of the short comic story "Better Than Fiction."

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To Ham and to Hold: Burger King to Pay for (And Cater?) Wedding of a Mr. Burger and Ms. King

Well companies are just LINING UP to pay for Cox weddings, let me tell you

As per custom, The Burger King will also be entitled to Mr. Burger and Ms. King's firstborn male.

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True Romance: David Tennant Calls Doctor Who’s Rose the Tenth Doctor’s Girlfriend

Also, Pennsylvania just got very, very lucky.

I mean, duh, but also... KERMITFLAIL.gif.

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David Tennant Helps a Fan Get a Date, Talks His Favorite Part of Being the Doctor, Is the Greatest

The man who makes people everything better.

David Tennant recorded this adorable video to help a fan ask a girl out at Wizard World Comic Con, because that's just the kind of guy he is. She said yes, because how could you say no to that face?

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Science Shows That People Who Watch Sitcoms Instead of Rom-Coms Are Bitter, Cynical Assholes


Did you watch How I Met Your Mother? If so, science says you're a bitter husk of a human being, and not because of the finale.

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Daniel Radcliffe Stars In Generic Rom-Com With Adam Driver, They Do Not Fall For Each Other [VIDEO]

Aaaaaas Yooooou Wiiiiiiiiiiiish

Daniel Radcliffe, star of the Harry Potter franchise, and Adam Driver, soon to be star of the Star Wars franchise, combine their acting powers for What If. And that's all I have to say about that (it's no About Time, that's for sure). Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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Have a Crush on Someone? There’s a Japanese Government Form for That

Ugh, I'll get to that later. I still need to register my broken heart.

Romantics of the world, you better act fast. There's just one month left to fill out your koitodoke—an official "love declaration" form designed by the Japanese town of Nagareyama in Chiba Prefecture to encourage baby-making.

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A Fake Trailer for the Ages: Glorgon’s Girl Is the Breakout Teen Romance of No One’s Summer

*sigh* I remember my first high school crush on a Glorgon...

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