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"In Defense of Romance Novels; or, Imma Read What I Want"

“In Defense of Romance Novels; or, Imma Read What I Want”

At Smart Bitches, Trashy Books, Elyse has some things to say about reading Romance. “In the end, it doesn’t matter what I read. It doesn’t even matter that I do read, quite frankly. What matters is that we live in a world where fiction aimed directly at women is perceived as garbage. That doesn’t say anything at all about me, it says a lot about what needs to change.”

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At the Gutter: Grumpy McCarpsalot

Grumpy McCarpsalot makes her annual visit to The Gutter as Chris once again tells everyone what’s wrong with romance (and is easily applicable to all other genres):

So yes, I read a lot.  Ten to twelve books a week, on average.  Not all of those are Romance, of course — I genre-hop with the best of them* and devour all sorts of non-fiction as well.  But Sturgeon’s law says that ninety percent of everything is crap, and Romance is no exception.  Which means that in and among the many stories that make my mind happy is… a lot of crap.

That’s right: it’s time again for my yearly whinge!  The column in which I trash all the things I don’t like about the Romance genre.  As usual, I won’t name titles or authors; this is about trends I dislike, rather than specific examples.

Image Carol drew for a reading of “Herbert West, Re-Animator” Monster Island Resort Podcast. Click through to hear the reading.

Image Carol drew for a reading of “Herbert West, Re-Animator” Monster Island Resort Podcast. Click through to hear the reading.