Happily Ever After: The Romance Story in Popular Culture Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
"Find your one true love, and live happily ever after". The trials of love and desire provide perennial story material, from the biblical Song of Songs to Disney's princesses, but perhaps most provocatively in the romance novel, a genre known for tales of fantasy and desire, sex and pleasure. Hailed on the one hand for its women-centered stories that can be sexually liberating and criticized on the other for its emphasis on male-female coupling and mythical happy endings, romance fiction is a multimillion-dollar publishing phenomenon, creating national and international societies of enthusiasts, practitioners, and scholars.
Catherine M. Roach, alongside her romance-writer alter ego, Catherine LaRoche, guides the listener deep into Romancelandia, where the smart and the witty combine with the sexy and seductive to explore why this genre has such a grip on readers and what we can learn from the romance novel about the nature of happiness, love, sex, and desire in American popular culture.
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|Listening Length||7 hours and 54 minutes|
|Author||Catherine M. Roach|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||August 04, 2016|
|Publisher||University Press Audiobooks|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #376,596 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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#984 in Popular Culture Studies
#1,708 in Literary History & Criticism
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To quote from my review: "Roach’s Happily Ever After is without doubt a methodological groundbreaker, and its effects will hopefully resonate throughout popular culture studies, fandom studies, and future approaches to other genres of popular fiction. Happily Ever After is ultimately an update of and a contemporary response to Radway’s Reading the Romance, in that it asks many of the same questions (Why do women read romances? Are they good for women?) but does so with the hindsight of three decades of scholarship—some of which, including queer theory, fandom studies, and popular romance studies itself, did not exist in 1984. Roach’s insights into romance fiction’s political potentiality (though not always its realization of such), her exploratory readings of individual novels, and her refusal to settle on an either/or approach to analyzing romance and its role in popular culture also ensure that Happily Ever After will have perhaps as great an effect in popular culture studies as Radway’s book did. Roach achieves what few scholars do: a book with appeal and import to both academics and the layperson, that truly embodies the necessary tension between fandom and the Ivory Tower."
There simply is no better (academic) book on romance fiction. And also, people, come on. It's from a university press. Expect that it will be academic in tone, but also know that this is a read I think many non-academic can get into!