The Ripped Bodice Bookstore Opens in Culver City


The Ripped Bodice is a brand new bookstore in Culver City, and in case you can’t tell by the name, it specializes in Romance novels. It’s the first all-Romance bookstore I’ve heard of, and it cleverly sorts the books into all the sub-genres, such as Historical Romance, Erotica, and Paranormal Romance, which is sorted by creature! You want vampires, werewolves or shape-shifters? They got ’em all. There are also several that were new to me (but I’m only a Romance-dabbler), such as Sports Romance or “I Love Rock n’ Roll”.

The owners have a nice, broad view of what constitutes Romance, including plenty of books that aren’t strictly of the genre, and there is a section with books that tackle the stigma attached to it. There is even a section of Children’s Classics, which includes Cozy Classics, a series of baby-book versions of “Jane Eyre” and “Pride and Prejudice”, etc (but also Star Wars), that feature adorable characters made of felt.

I highly recommend stopping by, because it’s charmingly laid out and a pleasure to stroll through. I managed to catch a book signing by Historical Fiction author Donna Thorland, so there was a nice gathering, with cookies and drinks available.

(More pictures after the jump)

Simone Snaith

About Simone Snaith

Simone Snaith writes young adult and fantasy novels, and sings in the band Turning Violet. A fan of scifi, fantasy, the supernatural and most things from the '80s, she enjoys reviewing music, books and movies. You can read about her own books at
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