The Weirdest Romance Sub-genres You’ve Never Heard Of

The Weirdest Romance Sub-genres You’ve Never Heard Of

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You’ve heard of paranormal romance—now get ready for single dad romance. While researching December book releases for another article, I had no idea that I was about to discover something that would change my life forever: a bizarre collection of niche romance genres so incredibly specific that they sounded more like book titles than categories. (That’s not to say that I think Office Romance – Enemies to Lovers is the next bestseller.) I foolishly had thought that there were two main types of romance: love and not love. But I was wrong—I forgot cowboy romance.   Sports Romance     The …

‘Cat Person’ Author Speaks out About Real-Life Inspiration for the Viral Short Story

‘Cat Person’ Author Speaks out About Real-Life Inspiration for the Viral Short Story

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This past December, a 4,000-word short story took the internet by storm when it was published in The New Yorker. The story is titled Cat Person, and details the trials of twenty-year-old college student Margot as she meets and briefly dates thirty-four-year-old Robert.   The all-too-realistic piece of fiction showcases Margot throughout the many quick-changing stages of a blooming, new relationship: the excitement, the giddiness, the butterflies of a growing new crush, the fantasies about everything this relationship could possibly grow into, all the way through unto the grounding realization that this person is not at all who you’d hoped they were.   *** SPOILERS AHEAD***   The …

NSFW: The Bad Sex Award Winner Is Announced

NSFW: The Bad Sex Award Winner Is Announced

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Last week, we covered the nominees for The Literary Review‘s annual Bad Sex Award, and it was quite a trip. Check out the full list here. They were all really…something else.    Now, this year’s winner has been announced… It is Christopher Bollen for the “anatomically confusing” “billiard rack” analogy he used in his thriller, titled (somewhat upsettingly, given the context of this award) The Destroyers.     Via Giphy What is this “billiard rack” analogy, you ask? Well, reader, ask and you shall receive.    She covers her breasts with her swimsuit.The rest of her remains so delectably exposed. The skin along her arms and shoulders …