Category Archives: By Genre

On Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

I’ve been in love with Pride and Prejudice ever since I devoured the 1995 television series, cuddled on the couch with my mom and a bowl of ice cream. I had tried before to pick up the book to find out if it was really as good as people made it out to be, but like the terrible little reader I used to be, I got about halfway through and put it down. I attribute this to the book being a slow starter. Seriously, patience pays off.

Social Commentary

Jane Austen is reputedly pigeonholed as a romance author. Yes, she has crafted breathtaking love stories, but a close read and it’s plain to see that she writes more than just Boy Meets Girl, Boy Loses Girl, Boy Gets Girl Back.

On Paranormal Romance

Paranormal Romance

As I mentioned in a previous post, paranormal romance has been given a bad rep because of girly wish-fulfilling books like Twilight. Yes, I’m basing all the bad stigma following paranormal romance on Stephanie Meyers. And all the books she inspired.

When a genre comes with a stigma, does that mean it’s inherently not good? Horror comes with similar feelings. The poor genre will forever be haunted by the ghosts of Friday the 13th past. But there is still plenty of good horror fiction out there. So why can’t we suppose there is plenty of good paranormal romance, if we go looking for it?

What Makes Paranormal Romance Good?
Two words. Paranormal. Romance.

On The Dark Divine

Dark divine

*Mild Spoilers (Visit Spoiler Ratings and Guidelines for ThinkyRead’s spoiler policy).

As I’ve mentioned before, I listen to a podcast called Writing Excuses. Now, I never mentioned that I listen to it regularly. That I’m obsessed with it. That, should the last episode air tomorrow, I would DIE! But that’s irrelevant.

(I promise I’m going somewhere with this…)

Three Pitfalls of Writing Romance

3 Pitfalls

Romance in fiction is more common than you might think. These days, you don’t have to buy a ticket to the newest chick flick to witness sparks flying on-screen. It seems to be in every type of fiction I consume, from angsty teen novels to horror and action flicks. Romance spices up a story. It makes for a great subplot. However, while romance is a powerful tool, often encouraged in many fictitious endeavors, there is a right way to use it and a wrong way to use it.

On Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades of Grey

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Back in 2012 I opened my Amazon account and took a look at the top New York Times best sellers. I wanted something to read and had no good recommendations. I figured I would let all of America tell me what was good.

I had never heard of Fifty Shades of Grey before. I considered its “romance” branding and classy cover as it smiled at me from the number one spot.

“I like chick-flicks,” I thought, “maybe I’ll like a romance novel.”

Mistake. Big Mistake with a capital M.

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