Really fun and somewhat creepy story, just like its author! Maureen Johnson has a unique voice and it comes through here in the best way. Just a warniReally fun and somewhat creepy story, just like its author! Maureen Johnson has a unique voice and it comes through here in the best way. Just a warning, I'm not responsible if you read this book on my recommendation and then feel the need to pack up and move to London. I'm also not responsible if it makes you have to sleep with the lights on....more
I picked up my first romance novel at the age of 12, and just like that I was hooked. By the time I was in high school, I read romance almost exclusivI picked up my first romance novel at the age of 12, and just like that I was hooked. By the time I was in high school, I read romance almost exclusively and, during a productive week, could read (or re-read) 5-7 books. And yet, I was made to feel ashamed. My guy friends would grab them from my hands and flip through them until they found a sex scene and attempt to read it out loud. I get it. They were 16 and it was sex and boys pick on you to show their affection at that age. Yet, it still hurt, and I still felt like I needed to hide my reading habits. Or at least my book covers. And as I’ve grown, I’ve learned a thing or two about not being ashamed of my books, but romance is still tragically not recognized by many as something smart women read.
When I was reading Everything I Know About Love I Learned from Romance Novels (heretofore known as EIKAL) by Sarah Wendell, goddess of Smart Bitches, Trashy Books, I sent a friend a text message that said “this book is validating my entire existence.” And then I tweeted the same sentiment to both Sarah and every one of my Twitter followers. This is it, I thought, this is the information and explanation I needed for those teenage douchecanoes all those years ago. She knows all the ways that being a romance fiend has made me a better person, a better friend, and quite a catch, frankly. Yes, it was probably dramatic of me, but there was a great deal of truth to it. Wendell is offering something fantastic to romance readers in EIKAL.
In her previous book, Beyond Heaving Bosoms: The Smart Bitches Guide to Romance Novels, Wendell & her co-author Candy Tan offered a kind of Romance Novel 101. They answered the questions of ‘What exactly is a romance novel, how long have they been around, and what are the themes and archetypes embodied in them?’ In EIKAL, Wendell tackles something akin to Romance Novel 201, taking a look at how romance readers are affected by the romances they read.
Throwing out the idea, as she did in Beyond Heaving Bosoms, that romances are meaningless bits of fluff, Wendell clearly and with great humor gives voice to all the things romance readers have long known about their beloved genre but may not have been able to articulate: these books teach us something. They give us safe spaces to explore what we want out of real life relationships. They help us learn communication and problem solving skills. They teach us a thing or two about good sex. And they do it while entertaining our pants off.
If you’ve read any of Wendell’s work for Smart Bitches, Trashy Books, you’ll recognize her writing voice in this book. She’s quite often funny, delightfully direct, and always insightful. Quotes from popular romances and from authors themselves serve as Wendell’s source material, and I dare you to read this book without making a shopping list. In fact, Wendell includes one at the end, because she’s got our backs like that.
If you’re a long-time lover of romance or even a recent convert, you’ll like this book. Like me, you’ll thrill when Wendell quotes an author or book you like or mentions a character that you’ve been in love with for years. If you’re one of those people who thinks romances are trashy and useless: you’re wrong, you should let me smack you about the head, and you should read this book to find out why you‘re a wrong meany-head. My only complaint? This book should come in a big box with all the books Wendell has on the shopping list! I’d buy it. ...more
Just when I thought these books couldn't surprise me anymore, the end of this one did! Also, is there any fictional couple you want pissed off at youJust when I thought these books couldn't surprise me anymore, the end of this one did! Also, is there any fictional couple you want pissed off at you LESS than Eve & Roarke? Probably not....more
I accidentally purchased this book for Kindle when I meant to sample it after seeing it on a bookstore shelf. Because of that, I just dove right intoI accidentally purchased this book for Kindle when I meant to sample it after seeing it on a bookstore shelf. Because of that, I just dove right into reading it, instead of reading the back or reading a sample to see what its all about.
Instead of being a book that tackles the minutiae of the actual show (which is what I vaguely thought it was), Brown gives an overview of the different mythological creatures, people and concepts that show up in the show in some form or another (angels, demons, the Apocalypse, gods & goddesses, etc). Its not just information on how they manifested in the show, but a more well-rounded look at the canon on these myths outside of the show. Brown may point out where Supernatural overlaps with traditional research, but he is no means limited by what is shown on the show, pointing out where the show may contradict or ignore canon. For example, there is a whole section on the angel Michael and how he is depicted in the Judeo-Christian canon, not just a simple collection of the way Michael is depicted in season 5 of SPN.
Brown's writing is clear and concise, and I found the book to be easy to read. He avoids getting bogged down by too much detail, though there were several sections where I wanted *more* information. Its easy to see how that might happen when an in-depth analysis of any one concept from the book could probably fill a whole book on its own.
The only real quibble I had, besides the few areas I felt were too brief, was the transitional sentences and paragraphs Brown employed at the end of each section to set up what he would cover next. Maybe its just a personal preference, but I found them to be jarring in almost every instance.
Overall, though, this book was interesting and a good read for any Supernatural fan who wants a look at the myths and legends that the writers have surely pored over to generate stories from. ...more