Who do you think was more deeply wounded by the outcome of the 2016 election, Hillary or her adoring fans in the media? Judging by this piece by Lisa Kleypas in the Washington Post, it’s definitely the media.
Just look at this:
Hillary, please don’t reject romance novels — you are a romance novel heroine
Dear Hillary Clinton,
When your daughter, Chelsea, mentioned in her speech at the Democratic National Convention that you both loved “Pride and Prejudice,” I was delighted and not at all surprised. Elizabeth Bennet is a superb example of a romance heroine: intelligent, articulate, independent and wonderfully imperfect. She is also an incredibly unconventional character for her time, placing a high value on her own happiness, insisting that others treat her with respect and marrying a man only on her terms. No wonder Darcy falls in love with her — and no wonder “Pride and Prejudice” is such a beloved romance novel.
So how disappointing it was to hear you mischaracterize “the whole romance novel industry” in a recent interview with Washington Post editorial board member Jonathan Capehart. You suggested that men and women gather abusive attitudes from reading romance novels about “women being grabbed and thrown on a horse and ridden off into the distance.”
Have you ever read anything more ridiculous? Some people truly lost their minds over the election.