Just wanted to point readers to a lovely USA Today article about smart women reading & writing romance books:
This spring, Wendell and Tan published Beyond Heaving Bosoms:The Smart Bitches’ Guide to Romance Novels (Fireside, $15), an affectionate, often screamingly funny history of the romance genre. Topics include “just how many billionaires can have secret love babies and why the men on the covers always have mullets and those odd, waxed chests,” says Wendell.
When Tan tells people she reads romance novels and blogs about them, “I can see it in their eyes that their opinion of my intelligence is just being revised downwards.”
Today’s twist: “I feel embarrassed for them.”