Everything I Know About Love I Learned from Romance Novels
Take a dashing hero with a heart of gold and a mullet of awesome. Add a heroine with a bustle and the will to kick major butt. Then include enough contrivances to keep them fighting while getting them alone and possibly without key pieces of clothing, and what do you have? A romance novel. What... show more
Take a dashing hero with a heart of gold and a mullet of awesome. Add a heroine with a bustle and the will to kick major butt. Then include enough contrivances to keep them fighting while getting them alone and possibly without key pieces of clothing, and what do you have? A romance novel. What else? Enough lessons about life, love, and everything in between to help you with your own happily-ever-after. Lessons like... •Romance means believing you are worthy of a happy ending •Learning to tell the prince from the frog •Real-life romance is still alive and kicking •No matter how bad it is, at least you haven't been kidnapped by a Scottish duke (probably) Sarah Wendell is cofounder of one of the top romance blogs, SmartBitchesTrashyBooks.com.
Publish date: October 4th 2011
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Pages no: 222
Edition language: English
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I love Sarah Wendell's blog (Smart Bitches Trashy Books) and her podcast with Jane Litte of Dear Author (DBSA Romance Fiction Podcast), and I really really loved Beyond Heaving Bosoms: The Smart Bitches Guide to Romance Novels, which is both smart and uproariously funny. So, I was very excited when ...
Entertaining read, but not as much substance as I'd expected/hoped.
So basically, I love The Smart Bitches website, and I really like academic (code for geeky) breakdowns of literature and this had just enough fluff to be worthwhile. It made valid points, but didn't take itself too seriously, and was pretty much what I expected from Sarah Wendell - witty, wordy, wi...
I'm torn. I want to give more stars because I agree with the message - romances don't create unrealistic expectations, on the contrary, they provide a way to examine all sorts of relationships and determine what works and what doesn't. By seeing everything out on the page you can ask yourself, wha...