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Everything I Know about Love I Learned from Romance Novels Paperback – October 4, 2011
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"Winning, entertaining and highly persuasive... Fans of the romance genre are likely to come away feeling vindicated; newcomers may be inspired to pick up a few new paperbacks with racy covers" - Kirkus
"A joyous celebration of those novels we all love to read, romances." - Historical Hilarity
"If you ever had anyone sneer at you when you say you read romance novels, this is a book you should whip out and start quoting from." - Night Owl Reviews
"As a reader and a writer, I think this is a must read... " - Beck's Book Picks
"A pleasure to read... It promote[s] the positive elements of romance books. " - SOS Aloha
"This little book packs a wallop of laughs, spews smart sarcastic rhetoric with sound advise - add to that creative longings to make us dream, and mullets for years to come. " - Aisle B
"Ra-ra-romance!" - Chrisbookarama
"There's a strong argument here that the genre helps readers identify and articulate needs and feelings they already have, as they notice what kinds of books and heroes they gravitate toward." - Monkey See, NPR's Pop Culture Blog
"A humorous yet poignant guide to romance, both the highs and lows... a whole lot of fun that ended way too quickly. " - My House of Books
About the Author
Sarah Wendell's day job involves a cloak, and possibly a dagger, but by night she's the cofounder of the influential romance blog SmartBitchesTrashyBooks.com. She lives in Montclair, New Jersey, with her husband and two children.
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Top Customer Reviews
I loved it, it gave me a whole new appreciation for the genre.
EIKAL is filled with short, amusing topics that are light-hearted, insightful and take a look at how romance books have affected readers. Topics such as: We Know More Than a Few Good Men, We Know What Not to Want, We Know Good Sex and We Know How to Ask for What we Want share reader's and author's real life experiences about each of the topics. These stories are wonderful and it was nice to hear from some of my favorite authors.
The lesson that resonated the most with me, was the one that direct communication and problem solving is essential for a solid relationship foundation. So often in romance novels we watch events unfold where the hero and heroine could have sorted the whole disastrous situation out if that had stopped to communicate with the other person. Another favorite was that romance novels give us a safe place to explore how we want to want to approach life: what kind of relationships we want, what we want out of sex, and how to go about asking for those things.
Overall, if you are a romance fanatic, then this is a book you should add to your reading list. It is very short, much shorter than the 222 pages listed, mainly due to the reiteration of text quotes in block quote boxes. that was probably my only issue with the book and it lost a star for the overuse of them.
Romance Lessons from The Wizard of Oz
Wendell brings together popular romance authors and readers of romance to comment on the genre and what it means to them. She is a smart woman! The first reason every writer should pick up a copy of this book is to read Loretta Chase's letter explaining how her rules for romance character traits are illustrated in the classic movie, The Wizard of Oz. Most of us do not think of Oz as a romance story. However Chase shows us that each of the Oz characters has traits that are also found in a classic romance hero. Romance novels do not just jump into love and marriage. The heroine and hero must go through a journey of discovery about themselves, their relationship, and what love means. That is what makes a good romance read. And Oz is in fact a story about a journey of discovery. About leaving what you know to discover something more about yourself and those around you.
Reading Wendell (and Chase), you understand that characters who do not grow during the story are not interesting to read. One dimensional characters do not provide depth in a story.Read more ›
Despite what people who don't read romance books claim, it isn't all about porn and the mighty wang and the magic hoo-hoo. It is about communication. It's learning what to expect in a relationship and how to get it. It is what to be wary of and how to recognize what you don't want.
Romance books can teach you what turns you on and what turns you off. The more erotic books can even help you discover your kinks or whether you don't have any at all.
Readers and writers chime in to give their own opinions and personal experiences. And, as always, Sarah lends her own personal brand of humor to keep things from getting too analytical. If the name is familiar, but you can't place the name, think Smart Bitches, Trashy Books.
I was lucky enough to score this ARC (Advanced Reading Copy) and loved it. I would recommend it to anyone who loves to read romance, hates defending it, but also know that there is more to it than HEA (Happily Ever After). For many readers, it is the journey, not just the destination. A good 4 out of 5.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not nearly as good as the first book. Some personal anecdotes to illustrate how we can learn through literature, but not really much of a "flow".Published 23 months ago by Trix
I am, alas, a hardcore romance reader so I approached this book CAREFULLY. It was definitely worth the read.
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I am so grateful that Sarah Wendell wrote this book!
The book reads like fiction, creative non-fiction, reference book with a very personal tone. Read more
Loved this book! It made me realize that yes, I'm not the only one who reads romance novels and that I shouldn't be ashamed of it. Read morePublished on March 2, 2012 by S. Mate
I loved it! I just recently got into reading romance so some of the books Sarah mentions in this book are unknown to me. Read morePublished on February 19, 2012 by somelovelybacon