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Dangerous Books for Girls: The Bad Reputation of Romance Novels, Explained

Dangerous Books for Girls: The Bad Reputation of Romance Novels, Explained

Maya Rodale

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Maya Rodale

ISBN-13: 9780990635628

198 pages • 6 x 9 
Year Published: 2015

Long before clinch covers and bodice rippers, romance novels have had a bad reputation as the lowbrow lit of desperate housewives and hopeless spinsters. But in fact, romance novels—the escape and entertainment of choice for millions of women—might prove to be the most revolutionary writing ever produced.

Dangerous Books for Girls examines the origins of the genre's bad reputation—from the "damned mob of scribbling women" in the nineteenth century to the sexy mass-market paperbacks of the twentieth century—and shows how these books have inspired and empowered generations of women to dream big, refuse to settle, and believe they're worth it.

For every woman who has ever hidden the cover of a romance—and for every woman who has been curious about those "Fabio books"—Dangerous Books For Girls shows why there's no room for guilt when reading for pleasure.


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