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Book Title: Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women|
The author of the book: Jayne Ann Krentz
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 8.96 MB
Date of issue: June 30th 1996
ISBN 13: 9780061084638
Read full description of the books:Why do "trashy" romance novels make up forty percent of mass market paperback sales each year? Are they simply an opiate or escapist strategy for millions of women? Many critics have dismissed them as such, but a closer reading reveals far more.
The romance novel is primarily written by women, for women. In contrast to the man's world that we currently live in, this is a woman's world, containing the values and relationships that our society often lacks. There is true love and happy endings in these novels-- why shouldn't there be? Perhaps the problem is not with the romance genre, but the world that we live in.
One of the more controversial aspects of these novels is the depiction of both men and women. The male lead is usually tall, dark, handsome, aggressive, exciting, dangerous, and erotic. The heroine struggles with him at first, but she has a powerful allure about her that he finds irresistible. She shows him how to love without emasculating him, thereby "taming the wild stallion." The love between them heals them and enhances their lives together. This fantasy has a powerful appeal to many women.
How does the fantasy relate to reality? Should romance writers have to answer this question any more than authors of mystery or crime novels? We should not forget that the primary function of popular novels is to entertain. The male equivalent to romance novels is watching sports. Human drama, comradery, emotional highs, escapism, heartbreak, and happy endings are just a part of sports as the novels that critics mock. There is something amazing about watching larger-than-life humans act out a drama scripted according to certain rules (athletic or literary), where outcomes are predictable but the details are never the same.
There is a lot that men and women can learn from each other. We may not chose to read dozens of romance novels or watch the playoffs, but we can learn to understand and appreciate why others do. This book is a good start for those who are curious.
Read information about the authorThe author of over 50 consecutive New York Times bestsellers, JAYNE ANN KRENTZ writes romantic-suspense in three different worlds: Contemporary (as Jayne Ann Krentz), historical (as Amanda Quick) and futuristic (as Jayne Castle). There are over 30 million copies of her books in print.
She earned a B.A. in History from the University of California at Santa Cruz and went on to obtain a Masters degree in Library Science from San Jose State University in California. Before she began writing full time she worked as a librarian in both academic and corporate libraries.
Ms. Krentz is married and lives with her husband, Frank, in Seattle, Washington.
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