In which Wendy reveals that she probably would not want to date a werewolf; and Mike revisits a troubled moment from his past, and learns to love... love. (As a genre.)
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
Avatar, the Last Airbender
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
Love Between the Covers
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
Find Vicki Essex at http://www.vickiessex.com and http://www.vsmcgrath.com. The Devil's Pact, the third book in The Devil's Revolver series, will be released on December 18th, 2018.
Note: This episode has been edited from a previous version.
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