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Sun
Nov 30 2014 2:00pm

Shipping Sunday: Keep Falling for Selfie’s Eliza/Henry

John Cho and Karen Gillan as Henry and Eliza in SelfieSelfie is the season's best canceled show you're not watching. 

Wait wait wait. Let me start again. Selfie and I got off to a bit of a rough start (you may have noticed a trend), but a few episodes and some minor creative adjustments later, the show really started to live up to its potential as the modern-day My Fair Lady it aspired to be, largely thanks to the delightful rapport between Eliza Dooley (Karen Gillan) and Henry Higgs (John Cho). Did I mention their friendly banter can turn into simmering tension on a dime, as we witnessed in episode 6, “Never Block Cookies”? Mmm hmm...

So of course ABC canceled it about a week later. Curses!

But don't worry, I haven't piqued your interest for nothing: Henry and Eliza's story isn't quite over. See, a #SaveSelfie campaign started up immediately, and creator Emily Kapneck's been doing everything possible to get all 13 filmed episodes out there (and, with luck, to convince someone to let her make more). And while ABC hasn't changed its mind (yet?), Hulu Plus will be “airing” the last 6 episodes of the show, starting with episode 8, which they released this past Wednesday (!!!).

What are you waiting for? Go enjoy more of Eliza and Henry helping each other become better people—and most likely falling in love while they're at it. No matter how their story does end, for me, their lovely journey's already worth it.

[Don't take my word for it—let these gorgeous Henry/Eliza graphics sway you...]

Fri
Nov 28 2014 4:00pm

Trope of the Month: Just One Bed

Faking It by Jennifer CrusieAcademically put, tropes are “common or overused theme[s] or device[s],“ which makes them sound like cliches, which makes them seem like a bad thing.

But they’re totally not! Romance novel fans all have their favorite—not to mention least favorite—tropes, from friends to lovers, chick in pants, secret baby, marriage of convenience, opposites attract, May-December, boss-assistant...the list goes on.

Each month, we’ll be picking a romance novel trope and ask you to offer recommendations falling under the trope rubric (again with the academic talk!).

Nothing like a little forced intimacy to heat up a good romance! Anyone else rub their hands together in glee when our heroes learn they've booked the very last room in the motel and—gasp!—there's only one bed, and no sofa? You just know good things will come of this, like awkward conversations about who will sleep where, dancing around bathroom routines, and, oh yeah, accidental spooning, a.k.a. romance reader nirvana.

If you're in the mood for a delicious “Just One Bed” trope setup, here are a few recommendations*:

Since this trope is also VERY popular in fan fiction—and actually inspired this post, as I'd like to see the trope used more in the romance novels I read—I thought I'd recommend a few of my personal favorites:

*Thanks to Lizzie Poteet for her suggestions

Sun
Nov 23 2014 3:00pm

Shipping Sunday: Have an Alien Blast with Roswell’s Max/Liz

Jason Behr and Shiri Appleby in Roswell 1x01, PilotAs the couple that first inspired me to seek out fandom, Roswell's Max and Liz will always hold a special place in my heart. I mean, I. Was. Obsessed. I had a GeoCities site devoted to them (R.I.P.). Made my parents stop in Roswell, N.M., on our trek to the Grand Canyon. Had every episode of the series recorded on VHS. Can still to this day quote most of the pilot episode. THAT kind of obsessed. Why?

Their story grabbed me from that very first scene, in which Liz is accidentally shot in her parents' diner and Max uses his secret magical alien healing powers to heal her, all set to Sarah McLachlan's “Fear,” of course, because this was 1999. Now, can is that the most romantic thing ever, or is it the most romantic thing ever? Their lives are changed forever, and then their bond gets EVEN deeper when Max lets Liz see inside of his mind (as he'd uninentionally gotten into hers while he healed her) and she discovers that he's loved her from afar since they were kids. SWOON! I was a goner. Thirteen-year-old me wanted to be Liz Parker and marry Max Evans, let's just say that.

Unfortunately, the show got REALLY weird in late Season 1 and never recovered, in my eyes (I'm sure others would beg to differ), but it still had its moments (like Season 2's “The End of the World,” in which Liz learns Max's love for her could DESTROY THE WORLD, oh the ANGST!) and I stuck with it until the very end and was very very pleased with my beloved pairing's HEA in 2002.

Did you watch the show? Did you ship Max/Liz, or were you a Michael/Maria fan? What are your favorite episodes? Now I want to go rewatch a few, like the solid-gold “Pilot,” “Leaving Normal,” “Heat Wave,” and “Blind Date.”

[Max/Liz picspam, here we come...]

Thu
Nov 20 2014 1:11pm

The 100 2x05 Bellarke Heart-to-Heart: Body Language

Eliza Taylor and Bob Morley as Clarke Griffin and Bellamy Blake in The 100 2x05Show/Episode: The 100 Season 2, episode 5, “Human Trials"

Ship(s): Clarke/Bellamy (Bellarke), mentions of Clarke/Finn, Raven/Finn, Abby/Marcus, Octavia/Lincoln, Murphy/Octavia, Raven/Wick (so, basically, all the ships!)

Captain's Log for The 100 2x05 for Bellamy/ClarkeAs I mentioned in my Shipping Sunday last week, I'm a recent convert to The 100 and the great 'ship Bellamy/Clarke, so imagine my delight at discovering last night's episode would feature a big step forward in the relationship of my new favorite antagonists-turned-partners-turned-friends. And boy did it. Let's get right to it:

After being “rescued” from Anya by the latest (and last) arrivals from the Ark (read: an Ark sniper shot and killed Anya right after she and Clarke became allies), Clarke is returned to camp immediately, where she reunites with her mom. Yay! You've gotta love a long-awaited mother-daughter reunion.

[Right up until it interferes with Bellarke-as-leaders, that is...]

Tue
Nov 18 2014 5:23pm

“You’re My 1 in 5 Billion”: 18 Times The X-Files’s Mulder/Scully Ruined Us for All Other TV Romances

David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as Fox Mulder and Dana Scully in The X-FilesNo matter how many days, months, or even years it’s been since I last watched an episode of The X-Files, as soon as I queue one up and hit “Play,” I’m sucked right back into an all-consuming maelstrom of Mulder/Scully feels that remind me why they’re one of my all-time favorite OTPs (one true pairings).

In fact, I would probably go so far as to say they’ve ruined me for all other TV romances. After all, the iconic duo have been together in some form or another (even they probably couldn’t tell you when they made the subtle switch from partners to partners in every sense of the word) for more than 21 years at this point, and I’m still just as invested in the status of their relationship as I was when it began, if not more so. (The X-Files 3, where are you? I need a fix!) What other television romance has played out as perfectly and been allowed to flourish as beautifully?

The series hints that Scully will never die, but I have to say I firmly believe it’s the Mulder/Scully relationship—with its unwavering trust, unbreakable bond, and unconditional love—that is actually immortal. There’s no Scully without Mulder, and vice versa, and if there’s one thing I don’t doubt, it’s that those two wouldn’t have it any other way.

And so I present to you, this, my MSR (Mulder/Scully Romance) Magnum Opus: 18 Times Mulder/Scully Ruined Me Us for All Other TV Romances:

18. Cuddling in Season 7's “Requiem”: Season 7 finale “Requiem” was originally intended to be a series finale (long story), so naturally featured some big Mulder and Scully moments. My favorite is probably the way Scully goes to Mulder’s hotel room (WHY are they still keeping separate rooms?) for comfort when she’s feeling sick. He immediately welcomes her in and tucks her into bed, spooning himself around her. Scully seems caught off-guard by his open display of affection at first, but quickly settles in, and for his part, Mulder seems 100% at home, finally.

[+17 more soul-destroying-in-the-best-way moments...]

Sun
Nov 16 2014 2:00pm

Shipping Sunday: Get in on the Ground Floor of The 100’s Bellamy/Clarke (Bellarke) Romance

Clarke and Bellamy embrace in Season 2 of The 100

I didn't give The 100 a fair shake last spring. The CW's post-apocalyptic teen drama sounded interesting in theory, but to be honest, I didn't have high expectations. And while the pilot episode had cool ideas—rag-tag fleet, surprisingly likable heroine, right-out-of-the-gate deaths, etc.—I felt almost smug when it proved to have what I felt were destined to be major problems, including some painful dialogue, flawed logic (what kind of society fighting for a future would sacrfice its healthy teenagers first?), and silly behavior (like deciding to go swimming in unknown conditions—when you don't know how to swim because you grew up in space). I didn't watch more and didn't have much cause to regret that. Until...

A fan video caught my eye the other day (the one below, to be exact), and, well, see for yourself—it's good! Turns out all I needed to get back on board was Bellamy/Clarke, a pairing that reminds me an awful lot of my beloved Starbuck and Apollo from Battlestar Galactica. Two strong-willed people forced into leadership roles they never wanted in a world that's trying to kill them at every turn? Sign me up!

[Let the siren song of Bellarke lure you in...]

Wed
Nov 12 2014 1:26pm

Subway Porn FTW!: The Mindy Project Spotlights a Romance Author

Peter, Abby, and Mindy in The Mindy Project

The Mindy Project further cemented its place as one of our favorite TV rom-coms last week when it introduced Abby Berman (Allison Tolman of Fargo—Tamra's friend and dudebro Peter's latest love interest—who, get this, just happens to be a best-selling historical romance author! How awesome is that?

While Peter and Abby's romance ended up being short-lived (though not without its highlights, like Peter pleading for a second chance with Abby by writing her a terrible romance story after getting sucked into and subsequently sobbing over one of her very popular novels), Abby was great fun, mostly because she didn't take herself too seriously. In fact, in describing her work to Peter, she says romance is “basically pornography you're allowed to read on the subway.”

[Is it wrong that we enjoyed that line immensely?...]

Thu
Nov 6 2014 11:58am

Arrow 3x05 Heart-to-Heart: “And You Know How I Feel About Her”

Felicity Smoak in Arrow Season 3 episode 5Show/Episode: Arrow Season 3, episode 5, “The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak” (spoilers for all aired episodes)
Ship(s): Oliver/Felicity, references to Felicity/Cooper and Felicity/Ray

Captain's Log graphic for Arrow 3x05This is it, Felicity fans: Time to learn a little more about our favorite hacker!

For more than two seasons, Felicity's been there to lighten up Team Arrow's lives with her good humor and fierce loyalty and unwavering support, and “The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak” finally gives her friends—and especially Oliver Queen—the chance to reciprocate.

While the episode opens with two three different training montages (including one with Oliver and one with Laurel), the focus quickly turns to Felicity and what becomes her terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day: Not only do her new boss and her flaky mom drop in on her unexpectedly that morning, but she soon finds out that a supervirus she created with her college boyfriend, Cooper, is being used to threaten her beloved city. Rough!

[Chin up, Felicity, you got this...]

Tue
Oct 28 2014 2:28pm

Marvel Announces Captain Marvel Movie, Super-Sized Avengers 3, and More!

Captain Marvel #1 by Kelly Sue DeConnick, David Lopez, and Lee LoughridgeBIG news out of Marvel's fan event today, including the fact that the Marvel Cinematic Universe's (MCU's) first female-led film, Captain Marvel, is in the works! While it's not the Black Widow (with or without Hawkeye) movie this fan had hoped to see (sigh), this is wonderful news for those of us who've been clamoring for a woman to finally get her own standalone story.

Other major announcements from Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige:

  • Black Panther will hit the big screen on November 3, 2017; even bigger news, it already has a star—Chadwick Boseman, clearly our newest superhero crush
  • Avengers 3: Infinity War will be released in TWO parts, a year apart: Part 1 will be out on May 4, 2018, and Part 2 following (relatively) shortly after, on May 3, 2019 (WOW that all feels far away for more of our beloved Avengers)
  • Captain America 3's subtitle is “Civil War,” confirming all the rumors we've been hearing about what a beast of a film that'll be (Robert Downey Jr. will return as Iron Man for this one); it'll be in our eyeballs May 6, 2016 (Captain America: The Winter Soldier was SO good that we have high high hopes for this one)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy 2 will be released May 5, 2017, earlier than expected
  • Doctor Strange (which may or may not star Benedict Cumberbatch, as the Hollywood trades are reporting) will bow May 6, 2016
  • Thor: Ragnarok will see the return of both Thor AND Loki on July 28, 2018 for a third Thor standalone
  • Inhumans was perhaps the biggest Phase 3 surprise (at least, I hadn't heard any rumblings about this one) and will be released on November 2, 2018

Anybody else suffering from sensory overload? How are we feeling? Who wants to join me in clamoring for Battlestar Galactica's Katee Sackhoff (so terrific as Kara “Starbuck” Thrace)  as Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel?

ETA 10/28/14 4:46pm: Fiege had this to say to Entertainment Weekly in response to questions about a potential Black Widow standalone film:

Black Widow couldn’t be more important as an Avenger herself. Her part in Avengers: Age of Ultron is very, very big and further develops and further enhances her character. The plans we have for her throughout the rest of the Avengers saga is very, very big. A lynchpin, in fact, to those films. So instead of taking her out, instead of doing a prequel, which we haven’t done yet, we’re continuing the forward momentum and continuity of the cinematic universe of which Widow is a key, key part.

So it looks like that's a no on the standalone, at least for now, but that Marvel's aware she's beloved and will continue to play a big role in future films, which...hey, maybe a character as enigmatic as she is just works better this way. I admit I love what we've seen of her so far and that it's been great seeing her show up as often as she has.

Thu
Oct 23 2014 9:54am

You’re Dangerous, Ray Palmer: Arrow 3x03 Oliver/Felicity Discussion Thread

Oliver and Felicity didn't get much screentime in last night's Arrow Season 3, Episode 3, “Corto Maltese.” Oh, and Ray Palmer kinda sorta won us over (and, we're guessing, Felicity, too). What it is happening?!?!

Warning: This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of Arrow.

Here's the official description of “Corto Maltese” from the CW:

Oliver decides it's time for Thea to come back to Starling City, so he packs for Corto Maltese, where Felicity has traced Thea's whereabouts. Lyla asks Diggle to go with Oliver because one of her field operatives, Mark Shaw, has gone dark in Corto Maltese and she'd like him to look into it. Feeling responsible for Thea's departure, Roy joins Oliver and Diggle on their journey. Shaw double-crosses Diggle, putting numerous A.R.G.U.S. agents, including Lyla, at risk. Meanwhile, Laurel meets Ted Grant, and Felicity adjusts to her new job.

What with Oliver busy trying to convince Thea to come home, and Felicity back at Queen Consolidated by day, the two didn't get to spend much time together this week, though the exchange they did have (about Felicity's ace computer skills, natch) was as adorable as ever.

The problem: Felicity and Ray Palmer, her new boss, DID get some quality time in. And it was, dare we say...really cute! I mean, dude gave her Oliver's old office/the CEO's office and her very own executive assistant.

[Slick move, Ray...]

Thu
Oct 16 2014 10:32am

“I Want So Much More”: Arrow 3x02 Olicity Discussion Thread

Oliver and Felicity in Arrow Season 3 episode 1Oliver/Felicity (a.k.a. Olicity) fans were treated to another dose of delicious angst in last night's Arrow Season 3, episode 2, “Sara.”

Let's discuss!

Warning: This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of Arrow.

Here's the official description of “Sara” from the CW:

Lance (Paul Blackthorne) calls the Arrow (Stephen Amell) when another archer appears in town and starts skewering businessmen. Diggle (David Ramsey) uses A.R.G.U.S. to find the archer’s identity; he is a man named Simon Lacroix (guest star Matt Ward), who goes by the codename Komodo. However, the team hits a rough patch with the mission and gets help from a surprising source – Laurel (Katie Cassidy). Meanwhile, Oliver begins to worry that he hasn’t heard from Thea (Willa Holland), which forces Roy (Colton Haynes) to tell him the truth about why she left town. Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh) pursues Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards). In the flashback, Maseo (guest star Karl Yune) tells Oliver that Amanda Waller has ordered his first kill. As Oliver looks down the scope of the rifle, he sees the target is his best friend, Tommy (guest star Colin Donnell). Despite her promise to her sister, Laurel debates sharing a secret about Sara (Caity Lotz) with Lance.

What a sad episode! Pretty much everyone cried at one point or another (including the audience but excepting still-in-the-dark Captain Lance, poor guy) and seeing both Oliver and Felicity in such dark places was a particular punch to the gut.

As worried as I am that the writers are planning to keep Olicity apart for years by inventing increasingly ridiculous obstacles for them, I have to say that the sudden and tragic loss of Sara actually works very well for me as an organic and massive roadblock that could take them quite a while to work around. After all, Sara's death naturally highlights some pretty important differences between Ollie and Felicity's outlooks on life (and death):

[Onto the gif action...]

Tue
Sep 2 2014 2:39pm

Ship’s Log: Anticipating Canon Olicity (!!!) in Arrow Season 3

Note: This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of Arrow, as well as trailers/promotional images for Season 3.

The CW has released a thrilling new trailer for Arrow Season 3 (set to premiere on October 8) bound to please comics fans and Olicity shippers alike. Maybe especially Olicity fans.

[Are you ready for this jelly?...]

Wed
Aug 20 2014 2:59pm

“How Was the Sex?”: The Mindy Project Season 2 Deleted Scenes Released!

Today's our lucky day, fellow Mindy/Danny 'shippers! The Mindy Project Season 2 DVD set was released yesterday, and while this normally wouldn't be a news item, the DVDs contain some pretty delicious treats for fans of the Dandy romance, including juicy deleted scenes such as the amaaaazing one above. In it, Mindy tells Danny about the sexy dream she had about them the night before and then winds him up about how the sex was only just “fine” (!!!).

Honestly, it's actually probably a good thing that didn't air since 1) we'd probably all be ded from the feels and 2) it wouldn't have been possible to put off a Mindy/Danny kiss for much longer after this display:

(Gifs by anniedison via Tumblr—def check out the whole hilarious set!)  

What do you think? Let's squee together! (And feel free to share more tidbits—this girl has not yet received her DVDs in the mail, tragically.)

P.S. Expect a recap of the Season 3 premiere after it airs on September 9. To refresh your memory, watch FOX's Season 2 recap here.

Tue
Jul 15 2014 4:26pm

Arrow Season 3 Oliver/Felicity Scoop: Will They...or Won’t They?!

Note: Spoilerphobes, beware—this post contains mild SPOILERS for Arrow Season 3.

Fellow Olicity fans, our ship may be coming in sooner than expected!

In a just-released interview with TVLine, Arrow executive producer Greg Berlanti reveals that, in Season 3, “Oliver believes he can finally have a private life and asks Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) out on a date.” He goes on to explain that Oliver's feelings for Felicity, whatever they may be, will be an “active part of the season this year.”

Sounds promising, right? But will it actually go in the direction we want? This show does love to play with our hearts, and we did just learn that Brandon Routh has joined the cast as a potential love interest for Felicity. Hmmm...

Can you see Oliver/Felicity as a long-term couple? This girl's just hoping against hope they aren't on-again/off-again, if they do, in fact, become a legit romantic item.

Mon
Jul 7 2014 2:52pm

Brandon Routh Joins Arrow Season 3—What’s Ahead for Olicity? (Speculation)

Brandon Routh as Superman in Superman ReturnsNews broke today that Brandon Routh (Clark Kent/Superman in Superman Returns) has been cast in Season 3 of the CW's Arrow as fellow superhero The Atom, a.k.a. Ray Palmer. More to the point for romance fans, he's rumored to be a potential love interest for Oliver Queen's girl Wednesday, Felicity Smoak, and thus another impediment to fan-favorite—understatment of the year?!—'ship Oliver/Felicity, or Olicity.

What does that mean for the pairing and the chances they'll eventually end up together? Let's speculate a bit, shall we?

Since the Season 2 finale continued to tease fans of the Olicity pairing (look for a post from me in the next few weeks about thoughts on the end of the season and more Season 3 anticipation), I'm still feeling pretty good about their odds in the long run. Although I fear the showrunners view Oliver/Laurel as Arrow's OTP (One True Pairing), I do believe they'll put Oliver and Felicity together at some point, and who knows? Maybe they'll be too fabulous to deny and the writers will come around to the idea of them as endgame. (I don't say that to get anyone's hopes up too high, but there is a precedent with Dawson's Creek, which was supposed to be Dawson/Joey-centric but which ended up telling the epic love story of Joey/Pacey.)

In the short run, Ray Palmer likely will keep Oliver and Felicity apart, but is that such a bad thing? I mean, I'd love to see Felicity getting some attention after all of the love interests Ollie has had, not least because I think it'd be good for Oliver to discover that Felicity won't wait forever for him to come to his senses. Plus, as much as I love their partnership, Felicity and Oliver still have some growing to do before they'd make a perfect romantic couple. Let them sow some more wild oats with other people; once they've done that, they'll be ready to embark on a serious relationship...with each other.

In other words: Don't jump 'ship just yet!

What are your hopes and fears for Arrow and, more specifically, Oliver/Felicity after hearing this casting news?

Wed
Jul 2 2014 7:16pm

World on Fire: Claire Meets Jack Randall in First Outlander Clip!

ETA: Unfortunately, the clip has been taken down. We'll let you know if we find it again anywhere else!

You've seen the pictures. You've even seen the trailers. Now, see a clip from Outlander! Sony Pictures Television has released a scene from the first episode, rumored to be titled “Sassenach,” and in it we find Claire in the moments immediately following her fall back in time, during which she comes face-to-face with someone who looks very much like her husband but most certainly is not: Captain Jonathan “Black Jack” Randall.

(To see the video, press Play, then click through to Slide 9 of 76. The video should start playing automatically, and you should be able to expand the screen. If you have any issues, try watching the clip here.)

Outlander premieres on Starz on August 9! Look for a recap on H&H the next day. Plus, bookmark H&H's Outlander collection for news, discussion posts, special features, and more as we count down the days to a live-action Claire/Jamie romance in our living rooms!

H/t to OutlanderTVNews for first reporting on the clip

Wed
May 7 2014 10:19am

“I Wanna Go All In”: Thoughts on The Mindy Project Season 2 Finale, “Danny and Mindy”

Mindy/Danny magic hour pic by Michael Spiller via Mindy Kaling's InstagramThis post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of The Mindy Project, including last night’s Season 2 finale (2x22), “Danny and Mindy.” Enjoy!

Heather:

That feeling of supreme satisfaction you get when you turn the last page of an epic romance novel? That smug smile that you just can't wipe away once the hero and heroine finally declare their love? That urge to tell the world to dive into this story now now now? The Mindy Project came through on all counts last night, wrapping up a two-season will-they-or-won't-they romance arc with multiple grand gestures inspired by beloved rom-coms and a happily-for-now so delightful and well-earned that fans can hardly even begrudge the summer hiatus ahead.

[Okay, that's a lie, we'll begrudge it a lot...]

Fri
May 2 2014 3:06pm

“People Disappear All the Time”: New Outlander Trailer Released!

Jamie and Claire in OutlanderA new trailer has been released for Outlander, an upcoming television series based on the Diana Gabaldon novels devoted to the epic love story of Jamie and his time-traveler wife, Claire. The show will debut on Starz this summer.

What do you think? Love the music (“Jungle” by Emma Louise), and while this trailer's focus is on Claire's feeling of displacement after she falls back in time (“I try to remember my husband”), we're also treated to some poignant new Jamie and Claire moments, like:

“You need not be scared, so long as I'm with you.”

“And when you're not with me?”

Not to wish away my life or anything, but...hurry up, summer!

Watch the trailer here. Stay tuned to our Outlander collection for more news as we get it, as well as recaps of the series when it premieres.

Mon
Apr 14 2014 3:30pm

First Look: Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (April 15, 2014)

To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny HanJenny Han
To All the Boys I've Loved Before
Simon & Schuster / April 15, 2014 / $17.99 print, $10.99 digital

Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control in this heartfelt novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Summer I Turned Pretty series.

What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them…all at once?

Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

Jenny Han's young adult novel To All the Boys I've Loved Before expertly blends heroine Lara Jean's development into an empowered young adult with her first taste of love for a sweet and memorable coming-of-age story.

[Love letters for everyone!...]

Wed
Apr 9 2014 4:15pm

“You’re My Best Friend”: Mindy and Danny [Spoiler!] in The Mindy Project 2x17

Danny and Mindy in The Mindy Project 2x17This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of The Mindy Project, including last night’s episode 17, “Be Cool.” Enjoy!

All epic romance novels have a “delicious despair” period—that dark, dark time when every possible chance for a happy ending for your beloved pair seems doomed, and the ashes of all your hopes and dreams for them surround you. Still, you have faith that they will, in fact, pull it out of the fire and attain that glorious HEA. Somehow. Some way. After all, isn't that the golden rule of romance?

The Mindy Project, while not a romance novel, is often described as a romantic comedy series, and I 100% believe that creator/executive producer/head writer/star Mindy Kaling fully intends to follow the Mindy/Danny romance through to, if not an HEA, a “Happily for Now.” Which means that while “Be Cool” saw Danny break up with Mindy after only a few weeks of secretly dating—sending fans into a tizzy of delicious despair—their story is far from over. As in, it's most likely just gettin' started.

[Love conquers all...]