Ever heard of a book called A Natural History of the Romance Novel by Pamela Regis? Well, if you haven't here's a brief summary of it taken from RomanceWiki (cuz anything ending in Wiki is so scholarly ;p):
In other words, this book and this lady are awesome, because she uses academic arguements to shut down all those jerks who say romance novels are nothing but trashy bodice rippers for bored lonely housewifes who sit around eating bon bons.
So why am I so psyched about this book right now? Because Pamela Regis is a professor at my college, and as an English major next semester I am taking her Popular Romance course! How freaking awesome is that?! I was so excited about it I was even willing to take it despite it being an 8am course.
At first a part of me wondered if having to analyze and do as work what I normally do for fun would be a turn off, but then I was like, "Romance novels for homework? Having to write papers about them instead of about boring dead white guys? Lolz I am sooo there!" I think I see a senior thesis in my future.