Wild Kingdom!

Modern metamorphoses transform the script of Beauty and the Beast.

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Cinderella Stories

The allure of the classic rags-to-romance tale has proven a lot more durable than a glass slipper.

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High Octane Love

The roar of the engines can get your heart racing.

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Reading Romance: Practical Magic

Setting supernatural gifts to the tasks at hand. Read more...

Reading Romance: Loving a Barbarian

The erotic intrigue in social mismatch.

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Reading Romance: Romancing the Stubborn

Could the most alluring phrase in English be "You were right"? Read more...

Cupid & Psychics

If novels are any indication, the last thing we'd want to be able to do is read the future. Read more...

FAME!

Eloisa James asks: what happens when the star-crossed lovers also happen to be stars? Read more...

Romancing the Future

Eloisa James charts the stars of Futuristic Romance. Read more...

Some Like It Scots

Is it all about the kilt? Read more...

Lions and Tigers and...Heroes? Oh My!

Eloisa James on romantic fantasies with teeth -- and claws. Read more...

Kisses and Killers

This month, Eloisa James explores the unstable chemistry between crime and passion. Read more...

Men in Black (or Not)

The perennial appeal of the "anti-duke." Read more...

Out of the Broom Closet

Eloisa James on spellbinding new romances. Read more...

Growing Up Is Hard to Do

One of the novel's great themes -- coming of age as an adult -- is also one of the most powerful drivers of many tales of romance. Read more...

My Fairy Godmother, Myself

Eloisa James on the many updates of the Cinderella story. Does the slipper still fit? Read more...

Couples in Crisis with Mistletoe Dreams

Eloisa James on the cornucopia of Christmas-themed romances. Read more...

Bite Me, Biker Style

Eloisa James on the literary heirs of Romeo and Juliet -- and the complicated business of young love. Read more...

About the Columnist
Eloisa James is a New York Times–bestselling author of historical romances, as well as a memoirist (Paris in Love) and professor of English literature teaching Shakespeare at Fordham University. Her latest novel is Once Upon a Tower.

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The King of Pain

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The Good Inn

Frank Black, frontman for the Pixies, has written a transgressive historical fiction with shades of Thomas Pynchon (focused as it is on the history of explosives and cinematic pornography), all set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.