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  1. Catherine Krahe
    September 8, 2011 @ 5:21 pm

    I recommend the book Beyond Heaving Bosoms by Sarah Wendell and Candy Tan for a discussion of rape in romance. I think it helps to know what, in general, a genre has done with a trope, especially one like this. There’s at least one book that I’ve held up as an example of a well-thought-out examination of a problem that doesn’t work because of the genre’s history.

    As for examining whether or not you need the romance– oh please do! I am always sad when I find that two characters I’d enjoyed as friends turn out to be romantic interests. Not everyone needs to be married. But try finding female characters who don’t have a romantic subplot at some point….


  2. katie
    November 2, 2011 @ 7:08 pm

    I, personally, feel that when a woman has tossed you overboard her floating ship into a mob of zombies, it’s safe to say that she’s not interested (eh-hem, Meljean Brook).
    So many times, what is portrayed as romantic should have the girl calling the cops, especially in YA. Being creeped on is not an indicator of Twoo-Wuv, but that’s the message that’s going to teenage girls, who are already the group most statistically likely to get in an abusive relationship. It’s really sad.
    I never understood that trope, or where it came from. I didn’t know the old reason behind rape as a physical tool. Thanks for clearing that one up for me.


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