Hope you all had a very happy holiday season! New year, new books, new research, new everything! After a productive Yule, I set to work on a new project, very closely related to my novels. An opportunity has arisen for me to propose a class on genre fiction. Well aren't I lucky? So I thought I'd share a bit of th work I've been doing to prepare my future lessons. Behold, some initial research. The connection between female readers and the genres of the nonfiction true crime and the fictional romance is fascinating. Romance itself will of course be a huge factor in my proposal.
- “Why are women so bloodthirsty for true crime? http://www.stuffmomnevertoldyou.com/blogs/why-are-women-so-bloodthirsty-for-true-crime.htm (3 Oct 2013)
- “Women’s appetite for explicit crime fiction is no mystery” (30 June 2014) https://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2014/jun/30/women-crime-fiction-real-anxieties-metaphorical
- “Erotic and romance fiction: Book-publishing’s naughty secret” (26 May 2016) http://www.economist.com/blogs/prospero/2016/05/erotic-and-romantic-fiction
- “Beyond Bodice- Rippers: How Romance Novels Came to Embrace Feminism” (18 March 2013) http://www.theatlantic.com/sexes/archive/2013/03/beyond-bodice-rippers-how-romance-novels-came-to-embrace-feminism/274094/
- “History in Color: A Black American Romance Roundtable” (20 April 2015) http://the-toast.net/2015/04/20/a-black-american-historical-romance-roundtable/
I'm also compiling a timeline of influencial authors, starting from Sameul Richardson's "Pamela" of 1740, all the way to the present day. Other subjects in the class would be science fiction, and fantasy. I'm having a ball.