Dangerous Books For Girls: The Bad Reputation of Romance Novels, Explained

Dangerous Books For Girls: The Bad Reputation of Romance Novels, Explained

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by Maya Rodale
     
 

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Long before clinch covers and bodice rippers, romance novels had a bad reputation as the lowbrow lit of desperate housewives and hopeless spinsters. But why were these books-the escape and entertainment of choice for millions of women-singled out for scorn and shame?

Dangerous Books for Girls examines the secret history of the genre's bad reputation-from the "damned

Overview

Long before clinch covers and bodice rippers, romance novels had a bad reputation as the lowbrow lit of desperate housewives and hopeless spinsters. But why were these books-the escape and entertainment of choice for millions of women-singled out for scorn and shame?

Dangerous Books for Girls examines the secret history of the genre's bad reputation-from the "damned mob of scribbling women" in the nineteenth century to the sexy mass-market paperbacks of the twentieth century-and shows how romance novels have inspired and empowered generations of women to dream big, refuse to settle, and believe they're worth it.

For every woman who has ever hidden the cover of a romance-and every woman who has been curious about those "Fabio books"-Dangerous Books For Girls shows why there's no room for guilt when reading for pleasure.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780990635628
Publisher:
Maya Rodale
Publication date:
04/21/2015
Pages:
198
Sales rank:
352,086
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Maya Rodale began reading romance novels in college at her mother's insistence. She is now the bestselling and award winning author of numerous smart and sassy romance novels. A champion of the genre and its readers, she is also the author of the non-fiction book Dangerous Books For Girls: The Bad Reputation Of Romance Novels, Explained and a co-founder of Lady Jane's Salon, a national reading series devoted to romantic fiction. Maya lives in New York City with her darling dog and a rogue of her own.

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Dangerous Books For Girls: The Bad Reputation Of Romance Novels Explained 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am one of those women who has never considered reading romance novels, but I was intrigued by the author’s question- why do these books have such a bad reputation? I found this book to be an informative, but quick read. I especially appreciated that Ms. Rodale goes into the interesting history of ‘women writing for women’. She changed my mind about the value of the romance novel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this look at the romance industry! I found the charts and data very intriguing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a little rough, and some odd turns of phrase stood out to me (in particular i dont think she gets the concept of the invisible hand!) But i enjoyed it
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very boring