On this week’s episode of The Waves, Rachelle Hampton, co-host of Slate’s internet culture podcast ICYMI, sits down with Slate associate editor and romance author Marissa Martinelli to talk about romance novels and, of course, the TV show Bridgerton. In the first half, they dig into the longstanding race and gender politics at play within the romance writing community and gatekeeping, why we need more short kings and fat women in romance, and of course … Fabio. Then they get into the Netflix phenomenon Bridgerton and talk about the problematic dynamics the show didn’t sort out when it “solved” racism; why making Daphne pretty ruined Season 1 for Rachelle; and how Season 2 kinda, sorta, almost cured some of the problems of Season 1.
In Slate Plus, are corsets feminist?
Marissa: The romance novel book club podcast Hot and Bothered.
Rachelle: Season 1 of Netflix’s Virgin River.
Dangerous Books for Girls by Maya Rodale
“Inside the List” by Gregory Cowels
“How Bridgerton Touches on Colonialism in India” by Desiree Ibekwe
“The Biggest Changes Between Bridgerton Season 2, and The Steamy, Ridiculous Book It’s Based On” by Marissa Martinelli
“Under the Covers” by Anne Wallentine
“One Romance Novelist’s Fight for Diverse Love Stories” by Rachelle Hampton
Podcast production by Cheyna Roth with editorial oversight by Shannon Palus and June Thomas.
Send your comments and recommendations on what to cover to email@example.com