Episode 15: Romance Tropes

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Episode 15: In this show, we depart from our usual analysis of YA literature and instead discuss adult romance-novel tropes that persistently beguile and bedevil us.

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SHOW NOTES

Our Current Reads

Carrie:

Baader-Meinhof: The Inside Story of the Red Army Faction by Stephan Aust
Orleans by Sherrie L. Smith

Christa:

Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll
The Smaller Evil by Stephanie Kuehn

   “Translation: All this twaddle merely is saying, ‘Hi, I’m Andreas Baader, a sociopathic dick.'”

 

References

What the hell is a “manther” anyway?
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Roxane Gay’s Outlander recaps: here, here, & here

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                          “I feel so objectified.”

Romance Trope: The Virgin Hero 

Unclaimed by Courtney Milan
Off-Campus by Amy Jo Cousins
Taking Him by Jackie Ashenden

Romance Trope: The Indestructible Male

The Spymaster’s Lady by Joanna Bourne
The Master by Kresley Cole
Say Yes to the Marquess by Tessa Dare

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“Your torture tactics are nothing compared to the Midwestern accents of these dames, Le Chiffre!”

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Episode #3: Girl Fantasies & 50 Shades of Grey

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Episode #3.  We discuss the movie and book of 50 Shades of Grey as well as the concept of girl fantasies.

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Show Notes for Episode #3

-Christa mentioned reading The Story of O as a young person
– Re: talking about sex with your kids – Carrie’s blog post on the first sex talk she had with her own daughter
– Christa mentioned the gang-bang at the end of Stephen King’s It 
– Christa mentioned BDSM (Bondage/Domination/Sado-Masochism) guidelines/values: Safe, Sane, & Consensual
– on the origins of 50 Shades of Grey as Twilight fanfiction
– Carrie, on the “broken boy” or “damaged man” concept
– Christa, on the topic of healing a “damaged man,” also mentioned Crazy Heart, a movie featuring Jeff Bridges & Maggie Gyllenhaal

On 50 Shades of Grey

Some Recommended Analysis
Sex, Lies and Fifty Shades of Grey” by Leslie Bennetts
The Trouble with Prince Charming or He Who Trespassed Against Us” by Roxane Gay
“There Is a Line Between Dominance & Abuse — and ‘50 Shades of Grey‘ is Blurring It” by Leslie Morgan Steiner
These Are Strictly For Amusement
“141 Thoughts I Had While Watching 50 Shades of Grey” by Jarett Wieselman
Our live-tweets of the movie, Storified here by YA author Molly Backes

Book Recommendations
Young Adult
Not That Kind of Girl by Siobhan Vivian
The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
The Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot
The DUFF by Kody Keplinger
Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy

BDSM erotic romances
The Original Sinners series by Tiffany Reisz
Breaking Leila by Lucy V. Morgan
The Special Delivery series by Heidi Cullinan
Bared to You by Sylvia Day
Having Her by Jackie Ashenden
The Dark Garden by Eden Bradley
Nine & Half Weeks: A Memoir of a Love Affair  by Elizabeth McNeill (our generation’s version of 50 Shades of Grey, featuring a dominant man and a submissive woman, in both book and movie form); related: “Who Was the Real Woman Behind ‘Nine & A Half Weeks’?” by Sarah Weinman

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