It’s time for Wednesday Links! And I’m feeling a little under the weather today, so really, these links are just as much for me as they are for you!
RWA has announced their 2016 award recipients. Congrats to all the winners! Shout outs to Kelly Faircloth at Jezebel for her profile on Harlequin, earning the 2016 RWA Veritas Award, and to Robin Bradford for winning the 2016 Cathie Linz Librarian of the Year Award!
If you’re looking for more historical romance recommendations (and who isn’t), big thanks to Heather S. for sending us this list of rule breaking heroines in historical settings:
Though women in historical romances tend to abide by the social mores and rules that govern their societies, they can also be very anachronistic. Whether Victorian England, the wilds of the American Frontier, or the banks of the Nile River, there are always rule breakers—women who decree that they will do what they want to do, society be damned! In this list, we look at these women who buck tradition and take jobs outside their homes, jobs that are not 100 percent suited for genteel ladies. For some characters, pursuing work comes from necessity—they have to find a way to support themselves or their families—others want something to do other than live a life of changing diapers and doing needlework. In celebration of Women’s History Month we celebrate these women who found a way to have a career and romance, too. Cheers!
I’m a huge fan of Twitch.TV, where you can watch people playing video games and working on all sorts of art from body painting to sketching. When they launched their Creative channel, they broadcasted the entire Joy of Painting with Bob Ross series. Now, they’re about to launch their Food channel! That means a 4-day marathon of all 203 episodes The French Chef. The marathon started yesterday, so you still have three more days left! You can access the channel directly here!
After the latest discussion on my Twitter feed on happy vs. unhappy endings in romance, I’m over at Book Riot talking about whether or not HEAs should be definitive and necessary aspects of the genre:
Yes, I’ll be the first to admit that romance can be formulaic as a genre. But I don’t see that as a bad thing. As a reader of romance, it’s nice that you know what to expect. That even if your day/week/month has been shitty, you can pick up any number of romances and read about two people overcoming various odds to find love. It’s a constant—a constant that acts very much like a security blanket.
Unfortunately, I don’t really come to a solid conclusion, but it was still a fun exercise in collecting my thoughts together. Regardless of my opinions, what do you think?
Esther Wang, a Buzzfeed Emerging Writers Fellow, wrote something amazing. Like truly, amazing. I’ve passed it around to friends and read it numerous times. Wang describes her attraction to romance novels because of the lack of racial representation and how these romances seem to exist in a bubble:
Because here’s the secret, the most seductive, complicated pleasure of all: I’m drawn to them because I don’t see myself in any of these stories about love and lust and desire, not in spite of it — because most romance novels are filled with white people falling in love and having sex with other white people. It may seem counterintuitive, but their overwhelming whiteness is one of the aspects I love most about them.
I find relief in the fact that I never see myself in their pages (for the most part — Nora Roberts once wrote a novel where a peripheral character was Korean American and a doctor, natch, and I deeply resented this intrusion into my fantasy land).
I love that I never experience that shock of recognition, and thus I never have to think about how someone who looks like me, with my body, is represented on the page and lives in the world. In these fictional fantasy worlds, not only does racism not exist — race doesn’t exist, at least in the ways that we live and experience it on a daily basis.
It’s a heartbreaking, but I think necessary, read.
What have you read or listened to this week that you want to share?