Sarah's taken off on a voyage of discovery with her students (but not without first giving them some guidance about what to expect from their brand new genre). She's at Romancing the Blog today, letting us know how her students have responded to their first few classes.
The books on the syllabus are:
Pride and Prejudice, Jennifer Crusie’s Bet Me, Loretta Chase’s Lord of Scoundrels, Suzanne Brockmann’s Over the Edge, and then the students have a choice of Emma Holly’s Fairyville (erotica) or Francine Rivers’ Redeeming Love (inspirational). We’ve just worked our way through that most perfect of romances, Pride and Prejudice, but I started the semester with Monica Jackson’s free, online short story, “The Choice” (PDF link). We used it to examine the RWA’s definition of romance and Pamela Regis’s eight elements of a romance from The Natural History of the RomanceThe students' response to Monica Jackson's "The Choice" which was the "first introduction to popular romance fiction for most of my students", was overwhelmingly positive:
they loved it. They loved the feel of it. They loved its focus on the relationship and the emotional growth of the characters. They loved the paranormal element. They loved that it was about African Americans. They loved that it as about a woman who is not perfectly beautiful. They loved its optimism and the way it made them feel. In fact, they loved it specifically for everything that makes it a romance novel. And yet they’d never read anything like it before. And that was a great feelingSarah promises to keep us updated, but in the meantime please go over to Romancing the Blog to find out more about what she'll be teaching.
The illustration is a 1946 advert for the Ercoupe, taken from Wikimedia Commons.