1. nprbooks:

Snow White didn’t fall in love with one of the dwarves. She fell in love with the prince. But princes are scarce, and the next title of any consequence is that of the duke – which explains a lot about the rows and rows of romance novels with the word “duke” somewhere on the cover.
If you, like me, read enough romances to wonder WHY every other book seems to star a duke (when there are something like 11 actual dukes in the British peerage), check out Lorraine Heath’s entertaining take on romance’s favorite rank and the celebrity hierarchy here.
— Petra

    nprbooks:

    Snow White didn’t fall in love with one of the dwarves. She fell in love with the prince. But princes are scarce, and the next title of any consequence is that of the duke – which explains a lot about the rows and rows of romance novels with the word “duke” somewhere on the cover.

    If you, like me, read enough romances to wonder WHY every other book seems to star a duke (when there are something like 11 actual dukes in the British peerage), check out Lorraine Heath’s entertaining take on romance’s favorite rank and the celebrity hierarchy here.

    — Petra

  2. Now I don’t watch the Bachelor (though I’ve sometimes perused Roxane Gay’s recaps), but ~rumor has it~ that there was a special romance novel-themed activity this week sponsored by Harlequin. This lug and his 12 potential girlfriends shot covers for hypothetical romance novels, and all in all they aren’t too bad!

  3. bookriot:

    There are romance novels, and there are holiday novels, and then there are these 7 super weird holiday romance novels. 

    Whoa.