Contest is now closed. Congrats to Annette and Mel K., our two winners, who both agreed love is agonizing!
Love hurts; I think we can all agree with that.
If you need any proof, just take a look at Michael Barson’s hilarious, cheesy, addictive anthology Agonizing Love: The Golden Era of Romance Comics.
BookPage editor Lynn Green interviewed Barson about his book, and the answers made me laugh out loud:
What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned about love from a romance comic?
If you just got hitched, don’t invite your mother-in-law to move in with you on your wedding night. That goes for both of you!
Is love any different today than it was in a half-century ago?
Love, and its surrounding mysteries and problems, is exactly the same, I am convinced. The only difference is that eHarmony didn’t exist in 1951. Not that it (or any of the other popular dot-com dating sites) seems to have done all that much good.
Is love always agonizing?
In my experience, yes. Because if it isn’t you that’s doing the agonizing, then the other person probably is. The real question is, would we really have it any other way? The empirical evidence of the past 100 years suggests the answer is no.
Finish reading the Q&A on BookPage.com, and enter to win this collection of comics for yourself. (Or use it to win the affection of that Special Someone.)
CONTEST DETAILS: The prize is a copy of Agonizing Love. Two winners will be chosen using random.org. Prizes will be shipped to the U.S. The contest closes May 13 at 6 p.m. CST.