We all know how cool Nora Roberts is, but this takes it all. The Huffington Post is reporting that Nora Roberts has donated $100,000 to start an academic minor in romance literature at McDaniel College in Maryland.
"President Roger Casey says the college aims to raise the profile of romance novels. He says serious study of the subject will reinforce Roberts' reputation as a master and champion of the craft.
The school also will build a library collection of American romance literature, including all of Roberts' more than 200 novels.
And the college will hold an international conference on romance novels in November."
How I wish I could have had this type of course when I went to school.
But then on the other hand...Twilight is becoming required reading for some college level honors English classes. From Good Education:
At Ohio State University, where the tuition is around $20,000 a year, Twilight has become required reading for a spring 2011 honors "introduction to fiction" course.
"According to Associate Professor Amanpal Garcha's syllabus, the class will read and discuss "important, influential narratives about the supernatural—Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw, and Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight as well a few minor works."
Some will most likely frown down upon Twilight being required reading material, (I can just hear the jokes now) but look at it this way, if you're a parent paying for your child to go to college, Twilight may jump start them into reading many different types of books, including classic literature. I cannot tell you how many stories I have heard from people where they would read Twilight, or someone they knew would pick it up and then wanted to read more. Mainly they go on to read Paranormal Romance and even classic books like Wuthering Heights and Pride and Prejudice.
If you were a student in college, or perhaps are, would you take a writing course in romance? What would your reaction be if your professor told you one of the books you must read and do a paper on is Twilight?
I would have a field day discussing the characterization and motivation of pale Elmer Glue looking sparkly emo bedroom stalker versus eight pack furry abs who can't keep his shirt on and the girl who loved them both.