Fact: The Wacky Fashions of '80s Romance Novels Are the Greatest Thing

Kids today have access to Kindle and Wattpad and a million jillion pages of fanfic. But back when I was first venturing outside teacher-approved reading lists, you had to be sneakier, slipping battered paperbacks from your mother's stash, for instance. Which is how I developed a deep, abiding love for the… » 4/15/15 4:00pm Wednesday 4:00pm

Hey, Reporters: Never Try to Imitate a Harlequin Romance

In researching my piece on the history of Harlequin, I spent quite a bit of time trawling old newspaper coverage. And I noticed a recurring theme: Reporters tend to treat Harlequin as a joke (despite the fact the company has historically made shitloads of money), and they often think it would be very funny to try… » 3/20/15 2:45pm 3/20/15 2:45pm

And Now, Your Worst Failed Romantic Gestures

Back in eighth grade, I fell in love with a girl who didn't want anything to do with me, and the lovesickness got so bad that I played up the friend angle and called her every night, hoping and praying she would change her mind and want to hook up with me (NOPE). Anyway, I've told this story before, but one night… » 1/20/15 3:13pm 1/20/15 3:13pm

Bad Online Date On Your Horizon? Fake Your Own Death Like This Woman

Valentine's day is coming, so The Mirror's been running user-submitted tales of love gone wrong. One woman, however, has just raised the bar so high that you're going to have scramble quickly to try to top her. If you want to top her, that is. Because she doesn't come off that great either. » 1/19/15 7:00pm 1/19/15 7:00pm

How Two 18th Century Women Fell in Love and Invented Modern Romance

Romance hasn't always been the stuff of bodice rippers and bad vampire movies. Back in the 18th century, the word "romantic" meant something akin to "foolish" or "fanciful." But then a bunch of hipster sentimentalists changed everything — and invented the idea of love as we know it today. » 1/05/15 11:41pm 1/05/15 11:41pm

Fox & Friends Trolls Coming in Hot with Advice on How to Get a Man

Single Man, Married Man is a new, yawnily retrograde dating guide written By Men For Women. With the tagline "Every Man Wants to Get Married: Why Not With You?," the book purports to spill important relationship secrets revolving around the fact that "it takes a lot to hold [men's] attention, and men tend to lose… » 1/02/15 3:30pm 1/02/15 3:30pm

​Gifts That'll Make Your Significant Other Less Annoying

The holidays are here, bringing the promise of good cheer, the scent of fresh-baked cookies, and the steadily increasing stress over choosing the proper gift for your significant other. Then there are the stretches of quality time together, often in high-pressure environments like crowded airports, when mildly… » 12/04/14 5:30pm 12/04/14 5:30pm

All That Matters in the Beginning of a Relationship Is Looks

When you think about what matters in a good relationship, you probably think about shared values, or inside jokes, or fun road trips. But picture-driven dating apps like Tinder may be confirming a suspicion many of us do our best to push aside: that all that really matters, at least at first, is looks. » 11/03/14 4:10pm 11/03/14 4:10pm