Happy Saturday! It’s raining over here but in a gentle, almost nice sort of way. I’m still making my way through Jane Eyre, although I may have to start skimming because I’m at the part where Rochester is all gooey over Jane and it’s kind of boring compared to the rest of the book.
Meanwhile, here’s some interesting stuff I found online this week. Click images to go to their source!
Of course, we can (and must) tell off people who seem retrogressively prone to dismissing romance as a genre written by foolish and uneducated women and read by the same. It’s just not true! But there’s an aspect other than simple prejudice that I find interesting: The field of romance writing is one of few great meritocracies in America. It doesn’t really matter if a good author has a Ph.D. or a GED: In fact, education is pretty useless when it comes to creating a gripping, sigh-worthy romance novel. So your question about why people are surprised when they find out that lots of romance authors are super smart not only reflects misogyny in America, but also the fact that some of the best romance writers are super smart, but never bothered to get a degree.
The First Five Days on Goodreads @ CuddleBuggery. Drama! Just in case you don’t know what’s been going on at Goodreads lately.