Category Archives: Romance

the marriage that knows itself

I want to talk about marriage, but I’m going to start by talking about sex. One of the difficulties in writing sex scenes as a feminist writer is that so much of female desire is learned. What women have learned … Continue reading

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he makes me feel so feminine

When I started reading romance novels in earnest, about four years ago, I was drawn to the powerful heterosexual narrative. Actually, it’s more than that, isn’t it? It’s a really traditional sort of hetero-sex. A big, hard man and a … Continue reading

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yes, but do you *like* me?

Like exists in a sort of sub-category of romantic love. When you are in love with someone, it’s assumed that you also like them. It’s assumed so unconsciously that we almost never think of it, much less question it. I … Continue reading

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I really should have asked this question a long time ago

An old friend messaged me out of the blue on facebook the other day: I have a question for you, it has been bothering me for a long time, but recently revived by watching new TV series. Why does the … Continue reading

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the romance genre is way ahead of the Australian government on this one

Yesterday the Australian Parliament voted against the Marriage Amendment Bill. It’s times like this when I think, “Thanks for maintaining the roads. I like the roads. But you do not represent me at all.” But Penny Wong put it much … Continue reading

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death is my independence

The dissolute rake falling for the pure virgin is a classic romance trope. In Romancelandia it means watching a man beyond redemption become redeemed through love. In the original rake/virgin novel…not so much. Clarissa, written in 1748, is the story of … Continue reading

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4 more things to adore about Miss Marple

Special k and I watch a lot of who-dunnits. Sherlock (Holmes), Poirot, Whitechapel, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. But my very favourite is Miss Marple. The show, for one thing, is ridiculously well made. Sharp scripts, beautiful sets, well-shot and chock-full … Continue reading

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