Posts Categorized: Opinion

Class and Privilege: The Listen Linda Edition

Class and Privilege: The Listen Linda Edition

October 23, 2014 Opinion 9

I am so incredibly tired of talking about the Halestrom. Linda, honey, listen. She’s going to prosper. As are all the BBA’s currently throwing their weight around. The reason there will be no economic backlash for them is tied to a class system far bigger than the book blogger world. At the… Read more »

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A Billion-Dollar Affair by Karen Valby

A Billion-Dollar Affair by Karen Valby

October 17, 2014 Opinion 5

This morning my Twitter timeline was full of excitement about Entertainment Weekly‘s multi-page coverage of the romance genre. Over breakfast I made myself a bingo / drinking game card. Over lunch I decided I’d be too inebriated to finish my day. Here’s why A Billion-dollar Affair left me cold. If you’ve… Read more »

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The TL;DR Erotic Romance Edition

The TL;DR Erotic Romance Edition

October 2, 2014 Opinion 29

A number of recent social media threads came together this week in a get-off-my-lawn way. First there was a Defense of Romance at SBTB that came not to praise romance, but to bury it. While I’m tired of genre defense in general, I am especially tired of the point made… Read more »

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An Open Letter To Authors United

An Open Letter To Authors United

September 15, 2014 Opinion 10

Hi, I know Open Letters are completely obnoxious. But it seems to be the preferred method of negotiation in this latest dispute between Amazon and Publishing. Out of the dozens of authors I’ve read on the Authors United signature sheet two of you really shocked me. We’ve lived on message boards together. We’ve shared… Read more »

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Books And Their Covers

Books And Their Covers

September 7, 2014 Opinion 23

If I ran publishing there would be no cover art. Every year authors would receive a Pantone Grid with this year’s cover colors clearly marked off. Readers would know if a book was new by it’s Pantone year. (Love Angsty Mistoricals? Radiant Orchid is your 2014 friend.) Reissues would use the… Read more »

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The Merits of Ethnic Tagging

July 19, 2014 Opinion 24

Earlier this week I asked how we should tag books where both leads are considered white. (I say considered because race is a social construct.) Ridley and Rameau find the tags useful for finding non-white reads. (Beks didn’t weigh in as she was off doing productive things that will pay her.) Ridley followed… Read more »

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Obligatory #RT14 Recap Post

Obligatory #RT14 Recap Post

May 25, 2014 Opinion 17

If you’ve been on Twitter at all in the past week, you’ve undoubtedly seen links to dozens of posts recapping last week’s RT Booklover’s Convention. I flew down to New Orleans to attend RT for the first time this year, so now it’s my turn to add my $.02. Since… Read more »

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Why We Need A Black Mad Men

Why We Need A Black Mad Men

May 11, 2014 Opinion 7

Mad Men is a brilliant show about whiteness. Much in the same way George R.R. Martin considers rape historically accurate in a show about dragons, Matthew Weiner considers the near invisibility of minorities historically accurate in a show about American advertising. I could link to a dozen pieces about it, but why?… Read more »

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Resources For Readers

April 27, 2014 Opinion, Reading Guide 6

In light of recent discussions about romance lacking a literary canon and being a difficult genre for new readers to get started in, we’re attempting to compile a list of resources for readers fairly new to the genre. These are not necessarily endorsements. This is an ongoing project and obviously… Read more »

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