Monday, September 23, 2013

Be brave, bold and get your Happily Ever After (HEA)

I love this piece on NPR about why romance has been banned before. Maybe it's not just that there's eroticism, but that eroticism *isn't* punished but is instead rewarded with a happy ending. Oh no!

And that led me to a more disturbing thought: is that why dark erotica is so popular now? Because those heroines are exploring uncharted (for them) sexual waters, but in many cases they decidedly are not getting their HEA. While some of them are walking away more self-actualized than they were before, in many cases they are not, especially in some of the more popular books.

While I love Anna Karenina and Othello, I much prefer my heroines to walk away from the story alive- regardless of what they did in a bedroom before that.

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Don't they deserve to be happy?


  1. Interesting post.
    I gotta admit: I love a HEA.

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