Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women: Romance Writers on the Appeal of the Romance
Jayne Ann Krentz
University of Pennsylvania Press, 1992 - Fiction - 186 pages
In Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women, Jayne Ann Krentz and the contributors to this volume—all best-selling romance writers—explode myths and biases that haunt both the writers and readers of romances.
In this seamless, ultimately fascinating, and controversial book, the authors dispute some of the notions that plague their profession, including the time-worn theory that the romance genre contains only one single, monolithic story, which is cranked out over and over again. The authors discuss positive life-affirming values inherent in all romances: the celebration of female power, courage, intelligence, and gentleness; the inversion of the power structure of a patriarchal society; and the integration of male and female. Several of the essays also discuss the issue of reader identification with the characters, a relationship that is far more complex than most critics realize.
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Review: Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women: Romance Writers on the Appeal of the Romance (New Cultural Studies)User Review - Lynne - Goodreads
Read this after college. It's a good start, but there are some problematic defenses of rape in romance in here. Read full review
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By romance authors about romance novels. It's a little dated (written in 1992), but there are a lot of thought-provoking essays. Read full review