Sarah Wendell and Candy Tan - Beyond Heaving Bosoms: The Smart Bitches' Guide to Romance Novels
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Beyond Heaving Bosoms
Nov 9, 2009
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Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Laugh-out-loud tears-in-your-eyes funny and highly educational!
The Bottom Line: One of the few books I'd want to give a 6 out of 5 to.
If you ever thought that romance novels were just “chick porn,” Sarah Wendell and Candy Tan are here to set you straight. Their blog is wonderful, intelligent, hilarious, frank, and a joy to read, and their book Beyond Heaving Bosoms: The Smart B**ches’ Guide to Romance Novels is every bit as amazing, if not better [Sorry---Epinions's naughty-word filter won't let me use the book's actual title.]
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Whether you’re a writer who wants to understand more about the genre, a reader who wants to know how to defend your reading choices against derisive family members, or just looking for an entertaining read, Beyond Heaving Bosoms is drop-dead perfect. It’ll also help you find more books and authors who write the particular kind of romance novels you enjoy, and it’ll teach you a ton of fascinating facts about the history and present of romance novels.
I hardly know where to start without going on forever. Sarah & Candy break down the various kinds of romance heroes and heroines, the difference between “Old Skool” and “New Skool” romances, and cringe-worthy plot devices. They delve (pun intended) into the accusation that romance is “just chick porn” and provide some sample replies for occasions when you find yourself facing this line (my favorite is, “Mmmm. Porn”). Best of all, this book is loaded with more euphemisms than you could shake a turgid… umm… stick at. Make sure you read it when you have someone around to read quotes to or you will go crazy!
Beyond that, however, I learned a whole hell of a lot I didn’t know before—not just about the history and authors of the genre, but about the whys and wherefores behind a lot of the genre conventions. Most interesting to me was the entire chapter covering the depiction of rape in romance, and why the topic might not be as historically black-and-white as it sounds.
When you’re ready for something a little lighter in mood, however, no fears. Beyond Heaving Bosoms includes a board game, a coloring page, and a handful of other fun games!
There’s enough solid, smart information in this to be an academic piece—yet it’s written with such a hilarious sense of wit and irony that you’ll never once find yourself drowsing or getting bored. It pokes good-natured fun at our chosen reading material while also taking unabashed enjoyment in it. I can’t imagine a better guide to the genre, whether you’re a reader or a writer!
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