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Fabulous Mullets, Throbbing Members, and Pounding Hearts Or, Why on Earth do people read romance novels? Katie Dunneback C...
Your Expectations
Tonight’s Agenda <ul><li>A short history of the genre </li></ul><ul><li>Reader expectations </li></ul><ul><li>The spectrum...
A Short History <ul><li>Pamela  by Richardson </li></ul><ul><li>Jane Austen </li></ul><ul><li>Mills & Boon </li></ul><ul><...
Reader expectations <ul><li>Happily Ever After (HEA) </li></ul><ul><li>Happy For Now (HFN) </li></ul><ul><li>What is the f...
Appeal Factors <ul><li>How do we talk about romance? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Katie’s #1 rule: Respect your reader. </li></ul...
The Spectrum of Romance <ul><li>Romantic vs. Romance vs. Erotica </li></ul><ul><li>Sensuality levels </li></ul><ul><li>The...
Subgenres of Romance <ul><li>“ With Romantic Elements” </li></ul><ul><li>Contemporary </li></ul><ul><li>Category </li></ul...
Classic authors/titles <ul><li>Jane Austen </li></ul><ul><li>The Brontë Sisters </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Charlotte –  Jane Ey...
Modern classic authors/titles <ul><li>Nora Roberts (Co/P)/JD Robb (Multi-G) </li></ul><ul><li>Jennifer Crusie (Co/P) </li>...
Rising star authors/titles <ul><li>Eloisa James (H) </li></ul><ul><li>Meljean Brook (P) </li></ul><ul><li>Nalini Singh (P)...
Collection Development Issues <ul><li>Cataloging </li></ul><ul><li>Format </li></ul><ul><li>Heat Level </li></ul><ul><li>P...
Awards <ul><li>RITAs </li></ul><ul><li>Romantic Times (RT) </li></ul><ul><li>RWA Chapter awards </li></ul>
Reader communities <ul><li>Nora Roberts’ ADWOFF group </li></ul><ul><li>Jenny Crusie’s Cherries </li></ul><ul><li>Lori Fos...
Trends <ul><li>Published w/both traditional and new digital publishers </li></ul><ul><li>Urban Fantasy </li></ul><ul><li>S...
Your experience with romance <ul><li>Have you read it before taking this class? </li></ul><ul><li>What were your expectati...
Questions?
Further Resources <ul><li>Katie’s Delicious links:  http://delicious.com/KMDunneback/romance </li></ul><ul><li>E-mail:  [e...
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Fabulous Mullets, Throbbing Members and Pounding Hearts: Or, Why on Earth Do People Read Romance Novels?

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Slides for a presentation on the romance genre to the University of Illinois' Graduate School of Library Information Science Summer 2010 LIS 590KKL (Adult Popular Literature) class.

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Fabulous Mullets, Throbbing Members and Pounding Hearts: Or, Why on Earth Do People Read Romance Novels?

  1. 1. Fabulous Mullets, Throbbing Members, and Pounding Hearts Or, Why on Earth do people read romance novels? Katie Dunneback Consultant, East Central Library Services [email_address] com LIS 590 KKL – July 26, 2010
  2. 2. Your Expectations
  3. 3. Tonight’s Agenda <ul><li>A short history of the genre </li></ul><ul><li>Reader expectations </li></ul><ul><li>The spectrum of romance </li></ul><ul><li>Subgenres </li></ul><ul><li>Classic authors </li></ul><ul><li>Modern classic authors </li></ul><ul><li>Rising authors </li></ul><ul><li>Trends </li></ul><ul><li>Your experience with romance </li></ul>
  4. 4. A Short History <ul><li>Pamela by Richardson </li></ul><ul><li>Jane Austen </li></ul><ul><li>Mills & Boon </li></ul><ul><li>Georgette Heyer </li></ul><ul><li>Harlequin </li></ul><ul><li>The Flame and the Flower by Woodiwiss </li></ul>
  5. 5. Reader expectations <ul><li>Happily Ever After (HEA) </li></ul><ul><li>Happy For Now (HFN) </li></ul><ul><li>What is the focus of the story? </li></ul><ul><li>Women vs. Men </li></ul>
  6. 6. Appeal Factors <ul><li>How do we talk about romance? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Katie’s #1 rule: Respect your reader. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. The Spectrum of Romance <ul><li>Romantic vs. Romance vs. Erotica </li></ul><ul><li>Sensuality levels </li></ul><ul><li>The “Porn for Women” debate </li></ul><ul><li>Multi-genre </li></ul>
  8. 8. Subgenres of Romance <ul><li>“ With Romantic Elements” </li></ul><ul><li>Contemporary </li></ul><ul><li>Category </li></ul><ul><li>Historical </li></ul><ul><li>Christian/Inspirational </li></ul><ul><li>Paranormal </li></ul><ul><li>Erotic Romance </li></ul><ul><li>Science Fiction/Futuristic </li></ul><ul><li>Fantasy </li></ul><ul><li>Romantic Suspense </li></ul><ul><li>Gothic </li></ul>
  9. 9. Classic authors/titles <ul><li>Jane Austen </li></ul><ul><li>The Brontë Sisters </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Charlotte – Jane Eyre </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Emily – Wuthering Heights </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Anne – Agnes Grey & The Tenant of Wildfell Hall </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Georgette Heyer </li></ul><ul><li>Barbara Cartland </li></ul><ul><li>Victoria Holt/Jean Plaidy/Philippa Carr </li></ul><ul><li>Anya Seton </li></ul><ul><li>Kathleen Winsor </li></ul><ul><li>Phyllis A. Whitney </li></ul>
  10. 10. Modern classic authors/titles <ul><li>Nora Roberts (Co/P)/JD Robb (Multi-G) </li></ul><ul><li>Jennifer Crusie (Co/P) </li></ul><ul><li>Stephanie Laurens (H) </li></ul><ul><li>Christine Feehan (P) </li></ul><ul><li>Loretta Chase (H) </li></ul><ul><li>Julia Quinn (H) </li></ul><ul><li>Jayne Ann Krentz (Co/P)/Amanda Quick (H/P)/Jayne Castle (SF/P) </li></ul><ul><li>Linda Howard (Co/P) </li></ul><ul><li>Suzanne Brockmann (Co/H) </li></ul><ul><li>Sherrilyn Kenyon (P) </li></ul><ul><li>Beverly Jenkins (Multi-C) </li></ul><ul><li>Susan Elizabeth Phillips (Co) </li></ul>
  11. 11. Rising star authors/titles <ul><li>Eloisa James (H) </li></ul><ul><li>Meljean Brook (P) </li></ul><ul><li>Nalini Singh (P) </li></ul><ul><li>Meredith Duran (H) </li></ul><ul><li>Gena Showalter (P) </li></ul><ul><li>Lauren Willig (H) </li></ul><ul><li>Joanna Bourne (H) </li></ul><ul><li>Kresley Cole (P) </li></ul><ul><li>Ava Gray (P/SF)/Ann Aguirre (SF) </li></ul><ul><li>Victoria Dahl (H/Co) </li></ul><ul><li>Tessa Dare (H) </li></ul><ul><li>Erin McCarthy (Co/P) </li></ul><ul><li>Maya Banks (Ca/ER) </li></ul><ul><li>Lora Leigh (P/ER) </li></ul><ul><li>JR Ward (P)/Jessica Bird (Co/Ca) </li></ul><ul><li>Sherry Thomas (H) </li></ul><ul><li>Elizabeth Hoyt (H)/Julia Harper (Co) </li></ul><ul><li>Karen Rose (RS) </li></ul>
  12. 12. Collection Development Issues <ul><li>Cataloging </li></ul><ul><li>Format </li></ul><ul><li>Heat Level </li></ul><ul><li>Purchase vs donations </li></ul><ul><li>Weeding </li></ul>
  13. 13. Awards <ul><li>RITAs </li></ul><ul><li>Romantic Times (RT) </li></ul><ul><li>RWA Chapter awards </li></ul>
  14. 14. Reader communities <ul><li>Nora Roberts’ ADWOFF group </li></ul><ul><li>Jenny Crusie’s Cherries </li></ul><ul><li>Lori Foster’s Reader/Author Get Together </li></ul><ul><li>Lora Leigh’s RAW (Reader Author Weekend) </li></ul><ul><li>Christine Feehan & Brenda Novak’s FAN Convention </li></ul><ul><li>Smart Bitches, Trashy Books </li></ul><ul><li>Dear Author </li></ul>
  15. 15. Trends <ul><li>Published w/both traditional and new digital publishers </li></ul><ul><li>Urban Fantasy </li></ul><ul><li>Steampunk/Gaslight Fantasy </li></ul><ul><li>Historical “comeback” </li></ul><ul><li>Vampires – still coming or on their way out the door? </li></ul><ul><li>Boom & bust trends </li></ul>
  16. 16. Your experience with romance <ul><li>Have you read it before taking this class? </li></ul><ul><li>What were your expectations of the genre? </li></ul><ul><li>What did you read? Was at least one of them published within the last 5 years? </li></ul><ul><li>What did you think of what you read? </li></ul><ul><li>Did you ask a romance reader what you should read if you weren’t already familiar with the genre? </li></ul>
  17. 17. Questions?
  18. 18. Further Resources <ul><li>Katie’s Delicious links: http://delicious.com/KMDunneback/romance </li></ul><ul><li>E-mail: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter: @younglibrarian </li></ul>

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