- Personal, Political, Cultural: Parsing the Concept of Author Behavior in Goodreads Policy – When I said “no more Goodreads posts, I swear” I hope none of you believed me. Anytime I say I’m over some sort of drama, I am lying. Besides, this post is excellent.
Arguably, GR could take the tack … that these are historical actions, and it’s not like the authors are going to be flagging these reviews from the grave (or prison). But let’s take Orson Scott Card. (Take Orson Scott Card! Please!) Paul’s review notes Card’s very active and visible status as an anti-gay crusader. Mr Card has called for the overthrow of the American government, and worked visibly to pass Prop 8 in California. There are boycott movements all over the place for the upcoming film. Noting this isn’t “Card owes me money” or “Card was mean to me on Twitter” but a contextualizing of his work within a political and cultural framework. Orson Scott Card impacts me politically. This isn’t gossip. This is cultural engagement. Of course you don’t have to agree. Of course you can compartmentalize Card’s political beliefs from his work. But the refusal to read Card as a political act is valid too, and it’s a political act that cannot occur without knowledge of the larger context, context provided by reviews such as Paul’s.
- Rant: The Highest Stakes of All by Sara Craven – I thought this post combined with the below post from Romance Novels for Feminists made for interesting commentary on the “alpha” hero. Willaful talks about how just checking boxes on the caveman score sheet doesn’t necessarily recreate the “old skool” charm.
Those who know me well know I sometimes like to kick it old skool. But as I read The Highest Stakes of All and skimmed around — because I also like to do that — I started to feel uneasy. There’s “old skool” and then there’s “what the hell is this?” Even for a Sara Craven hero, this guy seemed extra rapey with potential slaver sauce on top — he not only essentially buys the heroine from her father, but he actually threatens to resell her to someone else when he’s done with her. Okay, there’s a line even a dark romance hero should not cross and unapologetically selling people as sex slaves is definitely on the other side of it.
- The Appeal of the Obsessive Alpha? – Jackie Horne points out that even if you can clone the caveman, they don’t need to be in everything.
Though I’m sure that marketers would prefer it otherwise, the caretaking fantasy is not the only fantasy in which women indulge. And I for one am not willing to give up the myriad delights of my diverse romantic desires to purchase the same fantasy over and over again. I swoon over many different types of heroes, not only (or in the case of Christian Grey, not at all) over the hyper-obsessive alpha. I may have checked the Crossfire books out of the library, but I’ll be placing putting my book-buying dollars in baskets far more diverse than those containing Christian Grey, Gideon Cross, and their look-alike progeny.
- Black Gay Romance – A quick look at some early examples of romance featuring the stories of black gay men.
Regardless of whether or not one thinks of these three novels as “romance” or “romantic fiction” they’re an important part of the history of black and gay romance novels.
- A Rosie the Riveter original, still on the job at 93 – I just loved this story. Still riveting airplanes 71 years later. /salute
Remember that cliche ‘Age is just a number?’ Meet Elinor Otto, 93, who gets up at 4 a.m. each morning and drives to the Boeing plant in Long Beach, Calif., where she inserts rivets into the wing sections of C-17 cargo planes. It’s a job she’s been doing at various aircraft assembly plants since 1942.
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An ice hockey fan from north of Boston and the genre's most beloved troll, Ridley enjoys reading contemporary and historical romance, as well as the odd erotica novel. As someone who uses a wheelchair, she takes a particular interest in disability themes.