Beyond Heaving Bosoms: The Smart Bitches' Guide to Romance Novels
We do it in the dark. Under the sheets. With a penlight. We wear sunglasses and a baseball hat at the bookstore. We have a "special place" where we store them. Let's face it: Not many folks are willing to publicly admit they love romance novels. Meanwhile, romance continues to be the bestselling fiction genre. Ever. So what's with...more
I don’t know how I missed this book when it was first published, but I did. My sweet and thoughtful, DH, got me a subscription to Scribd for Mother’s Day, and since then I’ve been like a kid in a candy store. As I scrolled through all the books available, I noticed this one, and because I was already in a pretty defensive mood that day, I added it to my TBR pile.
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Heyyyyy romance lovers! This book is $2.99 for Kindle right now (12/2). If your TBR list is looking sparse or you enjoy meta-think pieces about your favorite genre, you should pick up this book right now. #NotBiased
I love romance novels - a lot. I'm creator and moderator of a romance group called Unapologetic Romance Readers, a promotional-free group involving critical discussion of popular and not-so-popular romance titles. In a given y ...more
It's full of the snarky humor and clever insights that I expected, as well as serious essays and citings to famous works in the field of romantic academia.
It also cont ...more
The bad news is that these are not blog posts but a book. And the book has a bit of a multiple personality.
There are games.
There are serious essays on the cultural aspects of all things in Romance Reading History with lots of citings to famous essays in the field of academic study of romances.
There are lists.
There are more games.
There is cover snark.
There are intervie ...more
Their views about why romance genre receives such a poor treatment despite its overwhelming popularity, why educated women read romances, and why romances are here to stay resonated with me specially. The whole chapter was ...more
There was lots of surprises to this book. In addition to literary analysis, there was mad-libs, choose your own adventures, board games, coloring, and ...more
Plus there's the difficulty I have staying interested in ANY humor-based book. Not that I don't love the lulz, bu ...more
Anyway, this book is about that. These ladies love romance novels, but see the humor in them. So, keep that in mind when you read this and they poke some of your favorite books. They love them, too, and also have t ...more
This is an awesome book for romance novel fans or readers The Smart Bitches, which would be a huge overlap.
For critics of the genre and people who just don't get it, I imagine it's educational and might make them come away with a better upstanding, but this is -- first and foremost -- for readers in-the-know.
Why does it make a reader's heart go pitter-patter when a book is mention that she's read? Even more so when the book is praised. Since there are ...more
Hats off to the Smart Bitches, these ladies not only made me laugh but also made me think, and more than once they made me shout, "Hells, yeah!" I particularly liked their strong stance against plagiarism and racism in the romance genre, and their sharp observations about the Seriously Screwed Up (but occasional ...more
Also, I don't really care what parts were boring, because you get the feel that the authors know and love the genre as much as you do (or the person that forced you to read the book does), so it's more like listening to your smart, bitchy, wordy (and often hilarious) friend ramble.
Parts I liked:
1. Old School vs New School flowchart - comprehensive and amusing
2. Summary of Old School was interesti ...more
The authors provide numerous book samples--made me realize how few books I've actually read. Neat interviews by Nora Roberts, Lisa Kleypas, Emma Holly and a few others.
This would be an excellent "source" book for someo ...more
I was most disappointed in something that was not the book's fault: I was hoping it would have more guidance for would-be writers of romance. (As I say, this is my own fault: it is clearly marketed as a readers guide. And I su ...more
The website Smart Bitches, Trashy Books has taught me so much about the world of romance novels, and Wendell and Tan bring all of that expertise here. I took literal pages of notes on the history of modern romance, examinations of the romance hero and heroine, and the role of rape in Old Skool novels. The literary criticism and knowledge are broken up with jokes and general silliness that make me laugh.
Heaving Bosoms came out in 2009 and some parts haven't aged well - they discuss LGBT ...more
The tone in this is astoundingly grating -- it's conversational and light, obviously trying to make you feel like you're in a discussion with an old friend, who happens to swear and thinks they're quite funny. The problem is we're not friends and they're not funny. Words this book used: ghey, buttsecks, what-what in the butt. I'm sorry but....are we all twelve? Is it time to be twelve again? I don't agree to this! Take it back!
I lov ...more
I like the Smart Bitches, Sarah Wendell and Candy Tan, because unlike a lot of romance bloggers they don't absolutely fangirl over every romance book they read. They're quite forthco ...more
Is utterly fantastic.
It is funny. It's smart and clever. And as someone who hasn't read a ton of romance and has lived in a world that loves to hate on the romance genre, this book gave me some insight as to why romance is so much more than heaving bosoms and mighty wangs (but that those aspects have their place as well!)
If you are curious as to why romance is such a huge genre, this book is worth reading. If you want something funny and insightful, this book is worth reading.
Smart Bitches, Trashy Books. The site specializes in reviewing romance novels, examining the history and future of the genre, and bemoaning the enormous pr ...more