Earlier this month I wrote a guest post for the Australia Women Writers Challenge blog discussing whether or not romance fiction is inherently feminist. Here’s an excerpt:
When we consider what romance fiction brings to feminism, it’s not enough to talk about what we as individuals get out of romance fiction or how we interpret this book or that. Knowing the genre’s popularity among female readers, we should also be asking: How do women read romance and why do they love these books so much? Only then, I think, will we have a better understanding of the genre’s importance and influence in women’s lives.
If you’re a romance reader, a romance non-reader or simply curious why people love these books so much, I’d love to know what you think.
To celebrate International Women’s Day, Customs House Library hosted a Library Up Late event dedicated to romance fiction and asked me to curate it. I chose excerpts from romance books to be performed by Rhys Muldoon, Libbi Gorr and PJ Lane.
Naughty bits. Perhaps…raunchier than the library had been expecting. Oops. 😀
I loved this project. Selecting the excerpts took a lot longer and was more difficult than I had anticipated. Actually hearing the words performed by professionals exceeded my expectations. I could have listened to them all night.
You can read a transcript of my talk here.
I forgot to post a link at the time, but last year I was invited to speak as part of a panel at Ultimo Library to discuss ‘Sex, love and passion—the appeal of romance novels’.
You can read a recap of the event here.
Many of my bookish friends have heard my stance on reading the back of the book first. On Twitter, people replied to me with such shock that we created a hashtag to refer to peeking at a book’s ending: #killafairy or #afairydies.
After talking about it for so long, I’ve finally gone and set up a spoiler website for people who want to look up how a book ends: killafairy.wordpress.com. It will be a collaborative blog with a few other readers who like to kill fairies.
We haven’t publicised the site much because we’re still building up the titles listed, but if you’re a fairy killer, too, you might want to have a peek. And if you do, I’m happy to hear suggestions and comments!
I was supposed to write a review for BOOKSELLER+PUBLISHER blog, Fancy Goods, but they needed a review on short notice so I made it into the print edition.
My review of Haunted Heart by Tania Donald is on page 27 of the June 2011 issue of BOOKSELLER+PUBLISHER. My verdict:
It won’t shock readers familiar with erotic fiction, but may provide an edge for those who aren’t. Despite parallels with Twilight, this novel is darker and its conclusion isn’t as simple—nor as satisfying.
On the weekend I attended the second Australian Romance Readers Convention. At the awards dinner, I won the prize—chocolates from San Churro and some books—for the Readers Challenge. Books and chocolate—can there be a better combination?
This was an article I wrote for the ARRA newsletter last year. A lot of the information is outdated and there are now a lot more devices in the market, so I’m posting it here as an archive rather than at Book Thingo.
A couple of months ago, Amazon finally made the Kindle available to Australia. If you’re a book lover like me, this may not impress you much. After all, it’s hard to imagine life without paperbacks! Most readers are also skeptical about being able to read on an electronic device for long periods of time.
But the Kindle, along with most ebook readers, uses E-Ink technology, which causes less strain for the eyes than a normal computer. It also requires less power, so an ebook reader will last much longer between charges than a laptop. I love the feel of books, but I have to say that I’m impressed with the clarity of eInk. Many devices also allow you to change font sizes, so it’s great for people who have impaired vision.
What makes Kindle’s entry to the Australian market such a big deal is the way it changes the book buying process. The Kindle has two advantages over its rivals. Continue reading