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ArchiveFebruary 2024

Saved by the Selkie and The Three Musketeers

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If any of you have read Saved by the Selkie, then you know one of the leads is Aramis. And Aramis is joined, at various points in the book, by Athos and Porthos. Now, if you know anything about literature (or pop culture), then you know those are also the names of the three musketeers. So … what gives? Why pick these three particular names? Saved by the Selkie and the Historical Setting Saved by...

Toxic Love: The Problematic Messaging in So Much Mainstream Romance

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Quick, what’s the difference between Edward Cullen and a stalker?Bella loves one but not the other. This isn’t even really a joke. It’s kind of a hard-and-fast truth we have to acknowledge when we start talking about the romance genre. So many romances feature guys who are lovingly referred to as “alpha males.” Yet, all too often, these men veer into the realm of what would be better termed...

Platonic vs Romantic Love

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These candy hearts, oddly enough, include both “romantic” messages and platonic ones (Jill Wellington / Pexels.com) It’s February once more, which means the subject of love and romance is on everyone’s minds. One big topic that’s come up in more recent years is the debate about platonic vs romantic relationships. What’s the difference between them? Can you actually tell them apart...

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