bodice ripper


Definition of bodice ripper

: a historical or Gothic romance typically featuring scenes in which the heroine is subjected to violence

Examples of bodice ripper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Even the romance novel genre, which shares some DNA with the Outlander saga despite Gabaldon's insistence that her books are not bodice rippers, has moved away from those tropes. Lynette Rice,, "We need to talk about rape on Outlander," 11 May 2020 The emotional intensity reads as internal to the characters, that of a bildungsroman rather than the sensational projections of a bodice ripper. Lidija Haas, The New Republic, "In Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Love is a Work of Art," 12 Feb. 2020 Interpreters have treated it as everything from a bodice ripper to a deep philosophical treatise. Tony Adler, Chicago Reader, "Arts / Theater Anna Karenina, the love bug," 26 Feb. 2018 From Guillermo del Toro, this lavish love story between a mute cleaning woman, played by Sally Hawkins, and a scaly amphibian man, played by Doug Jones, is part of a grand tradition of human-monster cinematic bodice rippers. Bruce Fretts, New York Times, "Would You Swipe Right on Amphibian Man From ‘The Shape of Water’?," 22 Feb. 2018

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1978, in the meaning defined above

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