Hey, Right Quick: Fabio Was on Just a Minority of Romance Covers

I'm glad you stopped by, because there's something I want to get on the record: Fabio, for all his immense fame, simply has not been on that large a percentage of the romance novel covers through history, and he hasn't worked as a model in years. And if you reduce the genre to his pecs and flowing blonde locks, you… »2/26/15 2:10pm2/26/15 2:10pm

Library Sponsors Romance Novel Vandalizing Event for Cool Teens

Attention, Cool Teens who are like already totally over Valentine's Day: The Toronto Public Library has planned an event just for you! The Anti-Valentine's Day Anti-Party, as originally planned, would give prematurely jaded pre-adults the opportunity to vandalize romance novels. Totally punk rock, right?! »2/05/14 2:40pm2/05/14 2:40pm

Cosmo and Harlequin Join Forces for Series of Inevitably Ridiculous Erotic E-Books

Well, isn't this just a match made in boring sexy heaven! It was announced yesterday that romance publisher Harlequin will partner up with dumb-dumb lady magazine Cosmopolitan to produce Cosmo Hot Reads, a series of erotic e-books that will begin dropping in May, with two books (each title hovering around 30,000… »12/06/12 2:25pm12/06/12 2:25pm

1980s Romance Novels: Hair-Raising, Lip-Mashing Horror Shows

A few years ago, I became fascinated by the Harlequin romances produced in the late 70s and early 80s. In what I can only assume was a backlash against the feminist movement and increasingly independent portrayals of women, these romances contained an appallingly misogynistic bent made even more disturbing when you… »6/26/08 2:00pm6/26/08 2:00pm