Pop Culture

Dating Death: Love and Sex in Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Essay on the romance of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

The Assassination of Cordelia Chase

Essay on how the writers of Angel ruined a perfectly good character by writing her into a coma, which was probably the only way she could get away from them.

Romance Genre

This Is Not Your Mother’s Cinderella: The Romance Novel as Feminist Fairy Tale

Romance fiction as a revision of patriarchal fairy tales.

Romantic Comedy, the No-Calorie Godiva

Power of romantic comedy for women.

Let Us Now Praise Scribbling Women

Romance fiction as an anti-toxin to patriarchal literature.

Glee and Sympathy

Defense of romance fiction.

Writing Life

Taking Out the Garbage: How to Protect Your Work and Get Your Life

When I was first thinking about running for PAN Liaison, I talked to a friend of mine, a very smart, very successful, very succinct romance novelist whose opinion I value highly. “It’s only for a year,” I told her. “What do you think?” She shook her head and said, “Protect the work.” I told her [...]