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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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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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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 Exclusive: A Love Letter to Nancy Garden’s Annie On My Mind

But that day, for the first time in my life I realized queer girls like me could be the heroes of stories. For the first time in my life I realized queer girls like me could have happy endings instead of only tragic ones. For the first time in my life I realized queer girls like me could exist on the page.

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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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The Mary Sue Exclusive: Kiva Bay’s Escape, a Comic About Romance Novels, Part 6

We’re super excited to present Escape, a series of comics from artist Kiva Bay about escapism, romance novels, and her experiences reading Nora Roberts’ Public Secrets. Enjoy!

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The Mary Sue Exclusive: Kiva Bay’s Escape, a Comic About Romance Novels, Part 5

We’re super excited to present Escape, a series of comics from artist Kiva Bay about escapism, romance novels, and her experiences reading Nora Roberts’ Public Secrets.

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The Mary Sue Exclusive: Kiva Bay’s Escape, a Comic About Romance Novels, Part 4

We’re super excited to present Escape, a series of comics from artist Kiva Bay about escapism, romance novels, and her experiences reading Nora Roberts’ Public Secrets.

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The Mary Sue Exclusive: Kiva Bay’s Escape, a Comic About Romance Novels, Part 3

If a romance novel functions as escapism, is that all it's capable of doing?

We’re super excited to present Escape, a series of comics from artist Kiva Bay about escapism, romance novels, and her experiences reading Nora Roberts’ Public Secrets.

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The Mary Sue Exclusive: Kiva Bay’s Escape, a Comic About Romance Novels, Part 1

If a romance novel functions as escapism, is that all it's capable of doing?

We're super pleased to present Escape, the first in a series of comics from artist Kiva Bay about escapism, romance novels, and her experiences reading Nora Roberts' Public Secrets.

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Smart, Sexy, and Queer: A Beginner’s Guide to 4 Awesome LGBTQ+ Romance Novels

I'll be in my bunk.

Though your average supermarket spinner of paperbacks may remain heteronormative, there's plenty of queer romance being written and published, often by digital-only presses—in fact, the selection can be overwhelming to a newbie like me, used to getting her queer smoochin’ from AO3.

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Smart Tropes in Sexy Books: Positive Characterization & Good Romance Novels

Forget what you think you know about romance novels. Ever since the bodice rippers exploded on the scene in the 1970’s the romance novel has been known for domineering heroes, simpering heroines and Fabio. But a funny thing has happened in the past four decades: the genre has evolved to reflect the world we live in and tropes have been updated or new ones replaced old the ones (but Fabio’s successors still haven’t put shirts on, thank goodness).

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Tropes of Love: Gender Roles in Romance Novels

I’ve always felt a strange fascination with romance novels. There’s no genre that the general public will associate with bad books faster than romance, with their bawdy covers and superficial plotlines. Of course, that’s an enormous generalization. In truth, romance has its good and bad books just like any other genre. Some are brilliant and some will make you feel ill.

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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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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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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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The World’s Oldest Romance Novelist Passes Away At 105

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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?

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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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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