Yet genius of a sort must have existed among women as it must have existed among the working classes. Now and again an Emily Bronte or a Robert Burns blazes out and proves its presence. But certainly it never got itself on paper. When, however, one reads of a witch being ducked, of a woman possessed by devils, of a wise woman selling herbs, or even of a very remarkable man who had a mother, then I think we are on the track of a lost novelist, a suppressed poet, of some mute and inglorious Jane Austen, some Emily Bronte who dashed her brains out on the moor or mopped and mowed about the highways crazed with the torture that her gift had put her to.
[…]any woman born with a great gift in the sixteenth century would certainly have gone crazed, shot herself, or ended her days in some lonely cottage outside the village, half witch, half wizard, feared and mocked at. For it needs little skill in psychology to be sure that a highly gifted girl who had tried to use her gift for poetry would have been so thwarted and hindered by other people, so tortured and pulled asunder by her own contrary instincts, that she must have lost her health and sanity to a certainty.
“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”—John Green, The Fault in Our Stars (via bookmania)
“The way I see it, romance novels address human nature far more intensely than most other forms of writing – it’s all about emotions, understanding flaws and how people react when faced with conflict. It’s about recognizing the most positive human traits as portrayed by the heroes and heroines: honor, loyalty, the willingness to recognize ones mistakes and put them to right. Relationships, ethics, morality, the difference between right and wrong…all of these are repeatedly dealt with and analyzed, improving not only our understanding of ourselves, but of those around us as well.”—Sophie Barnes’s Blog - The Unfortunate Persecution of the Romance Novel - February 04, 2012 09:37 (via avonromance)