…the wealth and depth of superb Guest Bloggers to this ol’ Jurassic’s blog continues with Author, Margaret La Roche… here’s a scribe-ess who not only writes excellent romance material, but delves into the‘Hows’, ‘Whys’ and ‘Wherefores’ of the genre… fascinating post…
…but first, where are yer manners, Master Gallacher?… a wee introduction to the lady is called for…
CATHERINE La ROCHE
…Catherine LaRoche is the romance pen name of Catherine Roach, who is a professor of cultural studies and gender studies at the University of Alabama. Catherine won the Romance Writers of America Academic Research Grant in 2009 and is writing a book on how the story of romance—“find your one true love and live happily ever after”—is the most powerful narrative in popular culture. A lifelong reader of romance novels, she combines fiction writing of historical romance with academic writing about the romance genre for the best of both worlds. When not writing, reading, or teaching about romance, she enjoys hiking, cooking for friends, and spending family summers at a lake in her native Canada, where her loon call is known to sometimes fool the local loons. Her latest Victorian romance ebook KNIGHT OF LOVE was released in June 2014 by Simon & Schuster.
See more at: http://authors.simonandschuster.com/Catherine-LaRoche/407531852.
Click here for a video interview of Catherine by the Popular Romance Project:
…listen, emb’dy who even admits to having a special loon call, is up a notch or five in my estimation already… and she even has the intrepidity to visit my home town, Glasgow, this week… have a wee dram on me, Lassie…slainte math!…
…now, read on to understand how this LUVLY lady is also equipped with more than her fair share of brains…
NINE ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS OF ROMANCE FICTION
I spend a lot of time thinking about romance fiction. My mom reads the books, and I picked up the love of the genre from her when I was a teenager. She always had a tottering pile of novels beside her bed that I’d rummage through for something to borrow. Now I write historical romances and, in my day job, I’m a college professor of gender studies and cultural studies. For the past several years, I’ve included romance fiction in my teaching while I’ve been writing an academic book entitled Happily Ever After: The Romance Story in Popular Culture (forthcoming in mid-2015 from Indiana University Press).
My students choose romances from a big box that I bring into class and write responses on them. We do cut-up exercises with the novels to create alternative storylines. We write a collaborative online romance with scenes ranging from suspense to spicy erotica. I’ve set up a romance lending library in my office; my eight-year old son decorated a poster for borrowers to write down comments about the novels they check out. As I draft my academic book, I workshop chapters with the students in order to get feedback.
I’d like to invite similar feedback from readers here, on some of the book’s conclusions. I propose that romance novels have nine essential elements. (I’m playing off Dr. Pamela Regis’s work in her wonderful 2003 text A Natural History of the Romance Novel.) What do you make of my list so far? Do you agree or disagree? Am I missing anything? All comments welcome!
The nine central claims made by the romance narrative:
…there yeez are now… plenty of food for thought, romantic or otherwise… give the Lady some feedback, thanks a ton, Catherine… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!…
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Anne Allen is the award-winning author of The Guernsey Novels. By profession she was a psychotherapist, however, is now retired from the day job to concentrate on writing. Anne has a restless soul and has lived in many fascinating places, including the beautiful island of Guernsey where she lived for fourteen years.