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"It's not 'happily ever after' - it's 'happy enough for now'." - Vicki Essex
In this episode, Mike and Wendy ponder their feelings about romance, and Wendy recounts her foray into the world of romance publishing. Then, Mike interviews romance writer Vicki Essex - and they correct some fusty stereotypes about the genre. Finally: a reckoning.
Books, movies and articles mentioned in this episode:
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
The Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante
The Dim Sum of All Things by Kim Wong Keltner
Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James
Matinees with Miriam by Vicki Essex
Dangerous Books for Girls by Maya Rodale
Red Carpet Arrangement by Vicki Essex
The Original Sinners by Tiffany Reisz
The Night Mark by Tiffany Reisz
The Devil's Revolver by Vicki Essex
"In Harlequin's new Dare series, heroines own their sexuality" by Joseph Saraceno in The Globe and Mail
"Authors of Fiction Confront a Problem: How to Write About Sex" by Sarah Lyall in The New York Times
Outline by Rachel Cusk
High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
Note: This episode has been edited from a previous version.
Your hosts: Christina, Mike, Jason, and Wendy
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