romance

The Pleasure Dome: Conversations with My Sex Toys

On intimacy, honesty, and queerness: A conversation between our pleasure columnist adrienne maree brown and sex toys. Read more »

A New Documentary Explores the Billion-Dollar Romance Novel Industry

“Love Between the Covers” highlights a community that’s often unfairly maligned.  Read more »

Everyone Deserves a Happy Ending: Seeking Romance Novels Featuring LGBTQ Characters

Recently, I talked with Indian-American romance novel author Suleikha Snyder about her work writing romance tales starring people of color. “Don’t... Read more »

Hot Under the Bonnet: The cooptation of Amish culture in mass-market fiction

Dubbed “Amish romance novels,” “Amish fiction,” or the more waggish “bonnet rippers,” these novels just one entry point into the varying images of Amish communities in U.S. popular culture. Read more »

Three Authors Discuss Their Favorite Romance Novels Featuring People of Color

      For the week around Valentine’s Day, writer Jessica Luther is writing a series of three articles about gender, race, and sexuality in romance novels. ... Read more »

Why Do People Keep Calling my Sexuality "Noble"?

When I was 12, I was in an abstinence-only sex-ed program where I learned that I should only have sex with someone to whom I was married. Then, in high school, some of my friends and I decided that premarital sex might be okay as long as it was with someone we were really, really in love with. Now... Read more »

"Before Midnight" is a Refreshing Rejection of Happily Ever After Romance

  Audiences have been waiting eighteen years for Celine and Jesse—the stars of Richard Linklater’s 1995 romantic classic Before Sunrise—to become an item. But... Read more »

Finally! In "Immortal Rules," One Girl of Color Survives Dystopia

I’ve never read a single books published by romance giant Harlequin and so I carried Julie Kagawa’s ... Read more »

Preacher's Daughter: Love in the Time of Apocalypse

I agree that apocalyptic imagery has figured prominently in the public imagination in 2011 in part as a result of the anxieties of this moment in time. Nowhere has this been more evident than in songs about love, in which said love is either a distraction from or metaphor for the end times. First,... Read more »

B-Sides: A Wild Flag "Romance"

The debut album from WILD FLAG (say it with me in a Bill and Ted “Wyld Stallyns!” shout-y voice) drops this... Read more »

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Hot Under the Bonnet: The cooptation of Amish culture in mass-market fiction

Dubbed “Amish romance novels,” “Amish fiction,” or the more waggish “bonnet rippers,” these novels just one entry point into the varying images of Amish communities in U.S. popular culture. Read more »