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I’m quite sure it was this lrentz that said: It requires that the final union of male and female be a fusing of contrasting elements: Frequently, the romance heroine is described as a “willing captive” to the “tender violence” of the hero’s lovemaking.

Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women: Romance Writers on the Appeal of the Romance

The temptation to generalize is strong, but here I will speak only for myself. It an difficult to explain the appeal of romance novels to people who don’t read them.

This book, edited by Jayne Ann Krentz, was a fascinating gathering of opinions and essays by twenty well-known romance authors. The University of Melbourne Library. It is strange that so little note has been taken of this phenome- non.

Search the full text of this book: Sophy Dorring, an unsophisticated young woman, is engaged to Julian. Harlequin Enterprises has done market research 2 on its North American readers and compiled the following statistical information: The heroine’s quest is won.

It is true that the heroes in the books undergo a signifi- cant change in the course of the story, often being tamed or gentled or taught to love, but they do not lose any of their masculine strength in the process. Her love of the romance novel together with janye dedication to scholarly publishing transformed this book from dream to reality. That romances, far from degrading women, actually celebrate and empower women, since they always emerge triumphant over men in the requisite happy ending.


What we are dealing with in romance novels is the inner material of feminine consciousness, passionately and defiantly ex- pressed by women who have been oppressed and repressed by the forms and strictures of the patriarchy. Tags What are tags?

So sure are they that the female reader must be identifying with the heroine that they create the character they suppose the modern, liberated woman must wish to be — so powerful in the corpora- tion, so skilled at swordsmanship, so infallible with a rifle, talented at politics, tough-nosed in managing the ranch hands, invested with psychic powers, adroit with magic, highly educated, widely read, strong, smart, an excellent dancer and full of independent sass; in short, advwnturous the sort of person one would gladly strangle if one met her on the street.

Modleskt has argued that it represents a female revenge fantasy: Romance dangedous are very much in touch with their readers, partly because they are readers themselves, but also because in this genre readers tend to communicate with writers. And the heroine is much tougher and more self-sufficient than she initially appears.

The fifth theme easily identified in the essays is a belief that romance novels celebrate life. It is the verbal equivalent of putting a person or an action under a microscope. The celebration of life is expressed also in the frequency with which happy endings include the birth of a child.

We don’t seek a distinctive voice although most writers have one. These books are translated into ddangerous twenty languages, including Japa- nese, Greek, advenfurous Swedish.

Mar 18, Ray rated it really liked it Shelves: In the final analysis the numbers cited in this essay speak for themselves, establishing the fact that the appeal addventurous romance is enormous and cross-cultural. He is violent, capable of killing if only in self-defense.

About Jayne Ann Krentz. It should be understood that romance novels are not tales of women turning men into women. And ajd made our advnturous lives miser- able if they didn’t display the appropriate amount of gratitude for the fact that we had put our professional lives on hold to raise their children.


Romances express that ambivalence, and then come down solidly on the side of getting married. They also have more outlets for their sexuality, the expression of which is not only tolerated but encouraged. There is true love and happy endings in th Kfentz do “trashy” romance novels make up forty percent of mass market paperback sales each year? Krentz has a degree in history from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a master’s degree in library science.

I flatly believe that the man carries the book.

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Return to Book Page. Such fantasies are exquisitely subtle and require that the reader be an active participant.

Dangerous men & adventurous women : romance writers on the appeal of the romance

Celebration of the reconciling power of love Beneath the Surface 17 to heal, to renew, to affirm, and to create new life. When I first moved to Connecticut, my employment prospects were not as great as I had hoped, and I found myself with more time on my hands than I had eve This book, edited by Jayne Ann Krentz, was a fascinating gathering of opinions and essays by twenty well-known romance authors.

It took me several years to understand and accept that I had become adept at repressing most of the anger that Roger was so quick to display. What exactly is the language of romance? Many of the women talked to her Introduction 7 about their enjoyment of the books.

She is a former uranium and petroleum geologist with a Master of Science degree from the University of Texas at Austin.