News & Notes – 2/10/2018

February 10, 2018 News & Notes 8

News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff


Book News


Worth Reading/Listening To


Awesome Lists


Bookish Quote


That’s it for this week!

8 Responses to “News & Notes – 2/10/2018”

  1. Nicole

    Yay Snoopy!

    I’ve wondered about the future of romance for a while. I suspect it will evolve to suit the changing landscape, though. It has been starting to move in that direction even if there are still some problematic areas. I found this quote interesting: “the best way for us to resist was for us to tell stories where we win”.
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I found that article so interesting! I’ve noticed the changes in the romance genre over time; I think all of us who read the genre have. As you say, the landscape—our expectations about what is healthy and acceptable in a relationship, and about women’s role in both relationships and society—has changed. There are a lot fewer problematic areas in romance now than there used to be 20 or 30 years ago, in terms of consent and character agency. I didn’t really start reading romance until the late 1990s, and didn’t discover some authors until much later than that. As I’ve discovered new-to-me authors, I’ve tried some of their backlist books, written in the ’80s or earlier. I’ve found that I don’t always enjoy them because sometimes the implicit or explicit assumptions and attitudes about things like women’s roles and abilities, women’s agency, and consent, which presumably were acceptable when the book was originally written, get my modern, egalitarian hackles up.