Almost every romance reader knows the alpha male hero, and every romance heroine seems to swoon for him. But this type of character is actually sending a toxic message to readers.
At this point, I’m fairly firm on my review policy: I don’t read them. That can be discouraging to readers—why bother leaving a review for a book then? It’s a position that took me some time to come to, though, and every time BookTwitter rehashes the reviews drama, I’m only more convinced that my policy is a good one. Reviews Are for Readers That’s it. That’s the answer. Reviews are ultimately...
In the last decade, we saw more calls for diversity. Specifically after the riots in Ferguson, voices for racial justice were uplifted. These voices are everywhere on social media, and there are activists who touch on almost every aspect of society, from housing to policing to policies that keep Black children in the inner city from excelling in school. Reading is tied to education, and with it...
When it comes to Western media, romantic love takes precedence. But what of platonic love? Can we even separate the two of them?
Every now and then, we get into a debate about who can or should be writing m/m romance. A lot of cishet women right it, and not a few gay men feel pushed out by this trend. How can we balance this? The answer probably isn't more gatekeeping.
Lions Will Tame Leopards, Book 5 of the Zodiac series, features a polyamorous lion pride. Here's why that was fun to explore.
Love it or hate it, there's no denying ABO or "omegaverse" has made a splash in PNR and fanfic. Why the heck is it so popular?
Some parts of the queer community reject asexuality as "queer enough." Yet asexuality is actually more of a threat to the heteronormative order than most would care to admit.
Why are bi and pansexual people so misunderstood or told to "pick a side"? It has a lot to do with the balance of power in our society.
Someone said romance doesn't belong in science fiction. But sci-fi and romance are more tangled up than most would like to admit.