Beyond the Bodice-Ripper: The Feminist Romance Novel?
Well, according to Jessica Luther, writing for The Atlantic, there is a new genre in town. It is sexy, smart, and features a strong female protagonist who doesn’t fall for the violent, brooding fella.
These new romance novels are by women and for women who grew up with feminism and “take feminist ideas that were once novel, provocative, on the very edge of inconceivable for granted, as givens.” With so much rape culture on our radar these days, isn’t it nice to know that these authors are trying to move forward?
“A genre centered on women, written primarily by women, and consumed mainly by women cannot be ignored because it can teach us about what women want.”
- Can a Romance Novel Be Feminist? (jezebel.com)
- Beyond Bonnets and Ballgowns-Does No Always Mean No in Historical Romances? (rakesroguesandromance.com)
- Beyond Bodice-Rippers: How Romance Novels Came to Embrace Feminism (theatlantic.com)
- Bonnet rippers: a new kind of romantic fiction (independent.co.uk)