Category Archives: Romance

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 The Dark Divine

Dark divine

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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…)

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.

On Chasing the Skip by Janci Patterson

Chasing

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I can’t make up my mind with this book. I picked it up from Amazon after listening to Janci’s guest appearance on my favorite Podcast, Writing Excuses. The plot sounded interesting and I do like YA, so I gave it a try. However, as I said… I still don’t know how I feel about it.

Unlike a lot of YA I read, this one sounded really… young. I enjoyed Ricki’s voice and found her to be an interesting character. Her obsession with lists is fun and the way she reports on the world as though she’s writing an unbiased report introduced some really interesting and creative ways to tell the story. Ironically this was my favorite way to experience Ricki’s emotions.

What bothers me is this: As we will discuss on Wednesday, the protagonist in young adult fiction is often a couple years older than the target audience and either acts a little younger than they are or a little older. Ricki managed to act both.

On The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The fault in Our stars

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When I asked myself the question “Why do I love The Fault in Our Stars” one answer popped into my head:

Because it makes me cry.

I’m not a masochist. I don’t thrive on pain, but I can’t deny that I love a story that can make me cry. Four times. PER READ THROUGH!

Why, you may ask (if you haven’t read the book) did this particular work of fiction cause the lacrimal glands in the upper, outer region of my eyes to release a warm salty liquid comprised of protein, water, and mucus to trickle freely down my face? Easy:

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