Beyond Heaving Bosoms: The Smart Bitches' Guide to Romance Novels

Beyond Heaving Bosoms The Smart Bitches Guide to Romance Novels The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name We do it in the dark Under the sheets With a penlight We wear sunglasses and a baseball hat at the bookstore We have a special place where we store them Let s fac

  • Title: Beyond Heaving Bosoms: The Smart Bitches' Guide to Romance Novels
  • Author: Sarah Wendell Candy Tan
  • ISBN: 9781416571223
  • Page: 445
  • Format: Paperback
  • Beyond Heaving Bosoms: The Smart Bitches' Guide to Romance Novels

    The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name We do it in the dark Under the sheets With a penlight We wear sunglasses and a baseball hat at the bookstore We have a special place where we store them Let s face it Not many folks are willing to publicly admit they love romance novels Meanwhile, romance continues to be the bestselling fiction genre Ever So what s withThe Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name We do it in the dark Under the sheets With a penlight We wear sunglasses and a baseball hat at the bookstore We have a special place where we store them Let s face it Not many folks are willing to publicly admit they love romance novels Meanwhile, romance continues to be the bestselling fiction genre Ever So what s with all the shame Sarah Wendell and Candy Tan the creators of the wildly popular blog Smart Bitches, Trashy Books have no shame They look at the good, the bad, and the ugly in the world of romance novels and tackle the hard issues and questions The heroine s irresistible Magic Hoo Hoo and the hero s untamable Wang of Mighty Lovin Sexual trends Simultaneous orgasms Hymens And is anal really the new oral Romance novel cover requirements man titty, camel toe, flowers, long hair, animals, and the O face Are romance novels really candy coated porn or vehicles by which we understand our sexual and gender politics With insider advice for writing romances, fun games to discover your inner Viking warrior, and interviews with famous romance authors, Beyond Heaving Bosoms shows that while some romance novels are silly maybe even tawdry they can also be intelligent, savvy, feminist, and fabulous, just like their readers

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    1. Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell

      Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || || PinterestHeyyyyy romance lovers! This book is $2.99 for Kindle right now (12/2). If your TBR list is looking sparse or you enjoy meta-think pieces about your favorite genre, you should pick up this book right now. #NotBiasedI love romance novels - a lot. I'm creator and moderator of a romance group called Unapologetic Romance Readers, a promotional-free group involving critical discussion of popular and not-so-popular romance titles. In a given year, I pro [...]

    2. Tammy

      Beyond Heaving Bosoms: The Smart Bitches' Guide to Romance Novels is a hilarious and intelligent examination of the romance genre. It includes a brief history of the genre. An overview of commonly used tropes, plots, and cliches'. A comparison of Old Skool vs. New School, complete with flowchart. And predictions for future trends. It's full of the snarky humor and clever insights that I expected, as well as serious essays and citings to famous works in the field of romantic academia.It also cont [...]

    3. Eastofoz

      Lots of talk about this book being rip-roaringly funny which it is -- some of the time. The “humor” gets a bit too crass and over the top more than once leaving you rolling your eyes saying ‘ok enough already’, but that’s all subjective and I’m sure there are people who love that kind of stuff. For me it was sort of like that 15 year old boy toilet humor that just gets old after you’ve heard it 25 times from the same 15 year old boy. That was one of my biggest “problems” with t [...]

    4. seton

      The good news is that for lovers of the Smart Bitches blog, it's the same irreverent snarky humor that we all know and love.The bad news is that these are not blog posts but a book. And the book has a bit of a multiple personality. There are games. There are serious essays on the cultural aspects of all things in Romance Reading History with lots of citings to famous essays in the field of academic study of romances. There are lists. There are more games. There is cover snark. There are intervie [...]

    5. FlibBityFLooB

      4.5/5 stars. This was an inane and silly guide to romances, albeit immensely funny at times. I wasn't sure what to expect going in, but I was pleasantly surprised to find myself laughing so hard I had tears at a few points. On the other hand, the humor in this book is definitely not for everyone, and it can be downright juvenile at certain points.There was lots of surprises to this book. In addition to literary analysis, there was mad-libs, choose your own adventures, board games, coloring, and [...]

    6. Karla

      Meh. Maybe I'd have appreciated it a bit more if I was into the current romance trends and all that. I find the SMTB blog of erratic interest at best, anyway (omg, just shut up with the epub techno wankfests). The snark got old, and the same authors and titles mentioned over and over didn't show much breadth of opinions and options. In the end, it all seemed pretty narrow and shallow.Plus there's the difficulty I have staying interested in ANY humor-based book. Not that I don't love the lulz, bu [...]

    7. Lyuda

      Fun and insightful read from the creators of the famous SBTB blog/site. Their snarky humor, clever observations on culture in general and romance specifically, and easy-breezy writing style made me do a lot of nodding in agreement and laugh so hard I had tears at a few points.Their views about why romance genre receives such a poor treatment despite its overwhelming popularity, why educated women read romances, and why romances are here to stay resonated with me specially. The whole chapter was [...]

    8. Michelle

      5 stars, if you like that sort of thing. :)This is an awesome book for romance novel fans or readers The Smart Bitches, which would be a huge overlap. For critics of the genre and people who just don't get it, I imagine it's educational and might make them come away with a better upstanding, but this is -- first and foremost -- for readers in-the-know. Why does it make a reader's heart go pitter-patter when a book is mention that she's read? Even more so when the book is praised. Since there are [...]

    9. Kathrynn

      Enjoyed the humor of the two authors throughout Beyond They poked fun at the world of romance books (writing and reading) and justified the same. I found my eyes rolling at their less than stellar critique of the earlier romance books. Man, did they hit that bulls eye dead on. The authors provide numerous book samples--made me realize how few books I've actually read. Neat interviews by Nora Roberts, Lisa Kleypas, Emma Holly and a few others. This would be an excellent "source" book for someone [...]

    10. Gaijinmama

      Oh my gods, I kept getting weird looks from my family and from strangers on the train and in coffee shops because I kept snorting and giggling and guffawing all the way through this book!Hats off to the Smart Bitches, these ladies not only made me laugh but also made me think, and more than once they made me shout, "Hells, yeah!" I particularly liked their strong stance against plagiarism and racism in the romance genre, and their sharp observations about the Seriously Screwed Up (but occasional [...]

    11. Cyndi

      Back in the eighties and nineties when I was absorbing romance books like a sponge I often had to justify my love of them. My reply to, " you like that crap?" Was usually, "hey I learn something new with each one." Sometimes I just told them to mind their own business and to shut up.Anyway, this book is about that. These ladies love romance novels, but see the humor in them. So, keep that in mind when you read this and they poke some of your favorite books. They love them, too, and also have to [...]

    12. Sherwood Smith

      This book had me cracking up so hard I nearly fell off my chair a couple of times. I did wish it delved more deeply into just what is so satisfying about romance reading for such an enormous variety of women across generations and socio-economic strata, but they are generous with mentions of more scholarly books, and in short, it's a delightful, in-your-face dare to diss romance just because women write it and read it.

    13. Cynthia

      I read it straight through, and some parts dragged, but it was fun overall. So much was on the mark. Also, I don't really care what parts were boring, because you get the feel that the authors know and love the genre as much as you do (or the person that forced you to read the book does), so it's more like listening to your smart, bitchy, wordy (and often hilarious) friend ramble.Parts I liked:1. Old School vs New School flowchart - comprehensive and amusing2. Summary of Old School was interesti [...]

    14. Damon Suede

      A sassy, savvy overview of romance as a popular genre. This book is based on the authors wry and much-trafficked website, but stretches beyond its online origins to become a kind of unpretentious, digressive lit-crit. Hilarious, informed, and consistently entertaining, this book is a must-read for anyone who loves the genre but maintains a sense of humnor about its excesses and unintentional in-jokes. Marvelous.

    15. Sheila

      My poor roommate. I keep sending her texts and emails saying things like, "I bought four new books today! I'm sorry?" I'm supposed to be catching up on my TBR shelf (shelves), but--it's a clever, hysterically funny, profanity-filled book on romance novels! I finally found it at a local bookstore today, grabbed it and a Mother's Day present for my mom (hi, mom) and a random Regency, and read it tonight after finishing The Millionaire's Inexperienced Love-Slave. (It seemed only appropriate.)Now, I [...]

    16. Anna Erishkigal

      This book had some truly hilarious insights into romance as a genre which really made me stop and think about some of the tropes we weave into our stories.

    17. Ruth

      Do not read this book! I'm very serious! I thought it was awful!The tone in this is astoundingly grating -- it's conversational and light, obviously trying to make you feel like you're in a discussion with an old friend, who happens to swear and thinks they're quite funny. The problem is we're not friends and they're not funny. Words this book used: ghey, buttsecks, what-what in the butt. I'm sorry bute we all twelve? Is it time to be twelve again? I don't agree to this! Take it back!I love read [...]

    18. Lee

      I'm new to reading romance novels and I admit that I avoided anything that was even remotely marketed as "romance". Over the past few years, I've learned to distrust marketing genres and to stop judging books by their covers. The authors very delightfully play fun with all the "joys and woes of the genre", including the cover art. There are "Mad-Lib" style, fill-in the blank stories, a flow chart to help guide you through the differences between "Old Skool vs New Skool" romance novels, and a hel [...]

    19. Liralen

      So. I originally read this in 2011, because why not? And then in 2015 I decided to write an essay about romance novels for class, and I was doing research, so of course I turned back to this. The university library did not have a copy, so I requested one through interlibrary loan. Had to put in two requests, because the first one (through a local, less extensive, consortium of libraries) couldn't be filled. Not long thereafter, I received an email from somebody at the university library, informi [...]

    20. Aoife

      The problem with this book is that it doesn't quite know what it wants to be. Part of it is a very affectionate poking fun at some romance-related things: the sometimes cringeworthy covers, the tropes that involve secret babies and evil twins, the purple prose in the sex-scenesose parts are hilarious (without ever suggesting that all romances are like that) and they contain so many penis-jokes. Seriously. If you're into penis-jokes this is the book for you.Now the other part is much less fun bec [...]

    21. Tez

      I can handle some of the sub-genres, but as a whole romance doesn't work for me. Not just because of the books, but also because of some of its Special Snowflake fans who like to play victim about how the romance genre is persecuted, or prejudiced against, or whatever. And thus they get so defensive. CHILLAX, PEOPLE!I like the Smart Bitches, Sarah Wendell and Candy Tan, because unlike a lot of romance bloggers they don't absolutely fangirl over every romance book they read. They're quite forthco [...]

    22. Andrea

      A fantastic read for romance fans (and that's more of you than will likely admit it, apparently!). I love the blog, so of course when I found out they had a book, I had to read it, and I absolutely was not disappointed. This is not a scholarly work, but they do some serious trope examination, and they don't shy away from problematic aspects of the genre, such as the prevalence of rape in "Old Skool" romances. However, they go beyond just saying "this thing is problematic" - they actually discuss [...]

    23. BJ Rose

      I joined a challenge to read the books discussed in this book, so my main purpose in reading this book was to get a list of the books. I liked the way the authors traveled through the history of the romance genre, putting book titles in to emphasize each point. I felt the authors gave a good history of the genre, and some of the information was presented in a serious way. Much of the book was entertaining in a silly way, but there was way too much vulgarity for this reader! However, I did get my [...]

    24. Viivika Tamm

      Raamat armastusromaanide ajaloost ja olemusest. Seda kõike humoorikas-sarkastilises võtmes.Kuigi raamatut oli naljakas lugeda, oli sarkasmi ja sõnademängu paljuvõitu. Armastusromaanide naeruväärsete külgede välja toomine pani äratundvalt pead noogutama. Ja tõsiselt järgi mõtlema, miks pagan ma üldse neid armastusromaane loen! Liigne analüüs ei mõju tundenaudingutele üldse hästi.

    25. Sonia

      Divertidísimo, mordaz y lúcido estudio de la novela romántica por parte de las autoras de la web Smart Bitches, Trashy books. Desde la absoluta adoración del género, se rien de los tópicos más ridículos a la vez que analizan las causas que lo convierten en el más leído (y el que tiene los seguidores más fieles).

    26. Shan

      This was fun to read and presented some interesting ideas but I'm not entirely sure it needed to be a book -- in fact, last night I took a break from the book and spent a most enjoyable hour perusing the archives of the authors' website (Smart Bitches, Trashy Books), which was rather more satisfying.

    27. Steve

      It's a fun read and extension of the blog. It was an interesting read from a historical standpoint as someone relatively new to reading and thinking about romance fiction. The book is now 8 years old, and lots of their observations remain relevant, while (it seems like) lots has changed as well. In any case, hooray for books written about genre fiction, by fans of genre fiction, who are both unabashedly in love with the genre and critical of it. More of that, please.

    28. Emily

      As much a thesis on feminism as an analysis of romance novels, this non-fiction book is a humorous and honest look at the genre that sells more than any other. I love the tone - irreverent and intelligent. I found myself laughing (it was funny because it was true) and reading passages out loud because I had to share some of the ideas with my husband. I recommend it to any true fan of this genre.

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