Posts Tagged: Criticism

Links: Wednesday, July 23rd

Links: Wednesday, July 23rd

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Famous Cats Of Pop Culture Recreated With LEGO Pieces Authenticity in Romance; or, The Land of 10,000 Dukes – This discussion about dukes and other tropes that have come to dominate certain sub-genres gives me feelings, but I can’t quite articulate what exactly. Emma Barry has some interesting observations about… Read more »

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Links: Monday, July 21st

Links: Monday, July 21st

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Twinkle Toes: Bookish Shoes for Literary Feet Romance covers … what’s wrong with them – Author Joanna Bourne wrote this a while ago but I just saw it today and it’s still relevant, sadly. Now let us look at Historical Romance, 32 romance books, shall we? These are all well-regarded… Read more »

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Links: Wednesday, July 16th

Links: Wednesday, July 16th

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On Illustrating Asian Characters Why Race Matters When We Write – Nancy Arroyo Ruffin is at For Harriet talking about how an author’s race is anything but irrelevant when she sits down to tell a story. Not talking about race and dismissing the topic altogether is the same as saying… Read more »

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Links: Monday, July 14th

Links: Monday, July 14th

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Always Be Squinching And Other Tricks From A Portrait Photographer The Problem With Buzzfeed Books – Ceilidh goes in on BuzzFeed Books and why it disappoints her. I’m pretty bored with the whole site, myself. Buzzfeed has massive influence over internet discourse, and yet they seem to be taking that… Read more »

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Links: Friday, July 11th

Links: Friday, July 11th

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Trigger Warning: Breakfast Dear School Boards of America: Have a Backbone. Also, Read Books. – I’m sure you’re all going to be quite shocked to hear that school boards rarely read a challenged book before voting to ban it. I know I could hardly believe it. None of the school… Read more »

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Links: Wednesday, July 9th

Links: Wednesday, July 9th

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Assistance dogs: How to spot them Rainbow Rowell Does Romance With A Subversive (Read: Realistic) Twist – Here’s what I don’t get: How effective is it to market something as a romance (but not)? Don’t you turn off romance fans by implying the genre they enjoy and therefore their taste… Read more »

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Links: Saturday, July 5th

Links: Saturday, July 5th

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War tactics. (9 images) On Sexism and Misogyny in Science Fiction Fantasy – Author Kyoko M is at Black Girl Nerds talking about sexist portrayals of women in SFF film and fiction. The only way to combat sexism and misogyny in our favorite fiction is to simply speak up about… Read more »

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Links: Thursday, June 26th

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Tom Waits/Cookie Monster mashup – God’s Away On Business On Street Teams, and My Lack of One – I strongly dislike the sort of reader who’s attracted to joining a “street team.” At best they’re sycophantic cheerleaders and at worst they’re intimidating bullies. I avoid reading authors with street teams… Read more »

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Links: Tuesday, June 24th

Links: Tuesday, June 24th

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20 Yard Sale Signs That Are Advertising Gold Robin Thicke and the Dynamics of Abuse – This post could easily describe a substantial portion of romance’s “alpha” heroes. Seeing this behavior written by a real live man actively pressuring a real woman to reunite with him makes it a lot… Read more »

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Links: Saturday, June 21st

Links: Saturday, June 21st

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Cat Shaming Only Spinning Forward: On the Commercial Viability of LGBTQ Literature – What I know about trends in general fiction could fill a thimble but this article completely ignoring romance seemed to weaken its argument pretty significantly. Aside from sucking generally, this dismissal of LGBTQ artwork has personal resonance… Read more »

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