A Monstrous Problem Complicates A Sweet Italian Romance In Spring

Indie horror filmmakers Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead had the buzziest segment in last year's V/H/S: Viral (skaters vs. skeletons brawl "Bonestorm"). Next up: monster romance Spring, about an American drifter who meets the woman of his dreams ... or nightmares? ... while backpacking through Italy. » 2/15/15 3:30pm 2/15/15 3:30pm

In Elysium, Two People's Love Lasts Forever... But The Details Are Gone

Is love universal, or are there different types of love depending on the sort of people involved? Is brother-sister love different than mother-daughter love, or romantic love? Those are the sort of questions that come up in Jennifer Marie Brissett's ambitious new novel Elysium. Minor spoilers ahead... » 12/15/14 4:00pm 12/15/14 4:00pm

The REAL Reason Why Superhero Romances Are Always Doomed

Everybody knows that superheroes can't have successful love lives. If a costumed hero does get married to his or her long-term love interest, then the multiverse winds up breaking (or Satan intervenes) to thwart it. Is this because happy relationships are boring? Or is there a more insidious reason? » 8/13/14 4:29pm 8/13/14 4:29pm

The Absolute Worst Trope In Science Fiction Romance Novels

There's a lot to celebrate about science fiction romance novels — apart from anything else, they're one of the fastest-growing areas of the genre, and they're getting a lot of people reading science fiction. But there's one trope in the genre that writer C.E. Kilgore finds really repulsive: "dubious consent." » 5/08/14 11:14am 5/08/14 11:14am

The Best Science Fiction Romance Novels You've Probably Never Heard Of

Over at USA Today, there's a new column about science fiction romance books, called Sci-Fi Encounters — and for the first installment, Veronica Scott is interviewing author S.E. Smith. And more importantly, compiling a reading list of great SF romances. Including clones, breeder slaves and time travelers. » 2/27/14 1:53pm 2/27/14 1:53pm

Romance Fail: The Worst Fictional Pairings, and Why They Happen

Romance abounds in fiction — and science fiction and fantasy are full of epic romances too. But sometimes, it's just a bad idea. We see so many fictional couples that the writers clearly thought were a great idea, but are actually disasters. Here are the main signs that a fictional romance is a terrible, awful, bad… » 2/14/14 12:00pm 2/14/14 12:00pm

Amazon is making it harder to sell Bigfoot porn ebooks

Erotica featuring Sasquatch, minotaurs, aliens, and boar gods may not fit everyone's tastes, but some authors have made a killing selling monster sex ebooks. But some ebook retailers, notably Amazon, have been cracking down on cryptozoological smut, making it harder for writers to sell their books to readers who are… » 12/22/13 10:00am 12/22/13 10:00am