Terry Dresbach

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Reply To: On the Objectification of Sam, et al. PART II (added per the request of Terry)

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rachely
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I think it depends on how you define “romance” and that hasn’t been the same throughout history. And now we tend to look down on them as ‘those trashy books with Fabio on the cover’.

Jane Austen wrote some of the first “romance novels”, but we now categorize them as “real” novels. I read Austen in my freshman year “Romance Novel” class defined romance novels as had a happy ending and were written, primarily, by women for women (that was the class where the prof was in the midst of a bitter divorce and it colored her view of the whole thing).

I think we just bring our own prejudices into the discussion of what’s a romance novel.