Everything you thought you knew about romance fiction is wrong

Romance novels get a bad rap, probably due to a history of stereotypical characters, plots, gender roles, and an all-around “trashy” look on supermarket and drug store shelves. But the genre has changed radically, and romance fiction now spans a wide variety of subgenres and writing styles.

If you love romance but are not sure where to find the best authors and titles, start with Smart Bitches, Trashy Books, a community co-founded by Sarah Wendell nearly 15 years ago. The site (and podcast) is a social gathering hub that connects voracious romance readers with literature they love and provides a safe space to gush with other fans.

This week on 2 Girls 1 Podcast, Alli and Jen (actors who perform weird internet text live on stage), talk with Wendell about busting romance stereotypes, the power of the Smart Bitches community, and great book recommendations for everyone’s tastes.

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2 Girls 1 Podcast is hosted by Allison Goldberg and Jennifer Jamula, and is produced and edited by Matt Silverman in New York City. Production assistance is provided by the Podglomerate.

Matt Silverman

Matt Silverman

Matt Silverman is the director of video and producer of 2 Girls 1 Podcast at the Daily Dot. He has been making internet shows and viral videos for nearly a decade, and has directed top talent including John Oliver, Kevin Bacon, Kate McKinnon, Alton Brown, and the Sesame Street Muppets. Silverman is also the creator of FREE DAD VIDEOS, a comedy and music channel with his young children.