Nine Essential Elements of Romance Fiction – Catherine LaRoche
A grea tblog post, better than my conference notes.
NINE ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS OF ROMANCE FICTION
I spend a lot of time thinking about romance fiction. My mom reads the books, and I picked up the love of the genre from her when I was a teenager. She always had a tottering pile of novels beside her bed that I’d rummage through for something to borrow. Now I write historical romances and, in my day job, I’m a college professor of gender studies and cultural studies. For the past several years, I’ve included romance fiction in my teaching while I’ve been writing an academic book entitled Happily Ever After: The Romance Story in Popular Culture (forthcoming in mid-2015 from Indiana University Press).
My students choose romances from a big box that I bring into class and write responses on them. We do cut-up exercises with the novels to create alternative storylines. We write a collaborative online romance with…
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