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Melissa Snark

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Have you found yourself depressed lately, and wanting to read a book where you were guaranteed that the protagonist and their allies would survive the book in good cheer and all the villains would get their comeuppance? You might be surprised to learn that there's a genre for that--the misguidedly scorned (contemporary) romance novel. But what are romance novels really like? Why should you start reading them if you're not already? What does toxic masculinity have to do with the perception of romance novels and their enthusiasts?

Much of modern speculative fiction has roots in ancient mythology. We'll explore how myth and fiction play together, and how myth has shaped fiction over time.

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