Posts Tagged: Opinion

Moonstruck Madness and Domestic Violence

Moonstruck Madness and Domestic Violence

February 23, 2014 Opinion 1

I bang on a lot about the way domestic violence can be subtly normalized in the genre. Back in the day, the DV was more open and obvious than it is now. While rereading Moonstruck Madness I wondered if the lack of subtlety will make readers less accepting of the… Read more »

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Is It Romance Or Is It Erotica?

February 9, 2014 Opinion 22

Ridley and I are both advocates of porn. Wait, that sounds wrong. Hm, let’s try that again. There have been many discussions between Ridley and Meoskop (that’s me!) about what makes a good romance. We both believe the key ingredient is heroic people. By heroic we don’t mean perfect, we… Read more »

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Parsimonious Peers

Parsimonious Peers

January 12, 2014 Opinion 4

As usual, Sarah MacLean’s latest book made me crazy enough to follow my review with a generic genre fatigue piece. I don’t even know where to start, but I do know that this will go beyond spoilers and into examination. Read No Duke Goes Unpunished first, if you’re at all… Read more »

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Strawmen On Parade (Blame Las)

Strawmen On Parade (Blame Las)

January 5, 2014 Opinion 15

Pity the poor romance reader. Despite driving the mass market in sales she is never as fully appreciated as those who read loftier works, however the day is defining that. She must fight against the dismissive assumption by others that she is reading porn for women. She must fight, even… Read more »

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Reading While White (The Finicky Reader)

Reading While White (The Finicky Reader)

December 15, 2013 Opinion 8

The TL:DR edition of this post is “Fellow white readers, we’re cheating ourselves.” The PS TL:DR edition of this post is that I wrote it last week, and it’s been rendered moot by Liz & Beks laying it out straight in this comment thread. “It’s been my experience that when people… Read more »

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Multicultural Romance Roundtable

December 8, 2013 Opinion 25

Perhaps it’s a matter of confirmation bias, or just how my Twitter feed is constructed, but it seems to me like people are looking around Romancelandia and wondering where the multicultural stories are. Editors say they’re looking for it and readers say they want it. After a couple Twitter conversations… Read more »

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Reptile Romance – The TL:DR Edition

Reptile Romance – The TL:DR Edition

October 20, 2013 Opinion 10

It's been a very long 48 hours in Romanceland. Between Jack The Ripper / Skirt Flipper  and That Book With The Lizard Lead my social media feeds have been hopping. On Monday night, after way too many Gorn vs Sleestak jokes  I tweeted a string of thoughts including “Plantation gave way to… Read more »

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Jack The Ripper, Skirt Flipper

Jack The Ripper, Skirt Flipper

October 13, 2013 Opinion 24

While we’re busy not shaming each other’s kinks I’d like to talk about each other’s triggers. The rape fantasy has largely left mainstream genre romance but a new trope has risen to take it’s place, that of the abusive hero. in Karen Robards’ new series the heroine is fascinated by… Read more »

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Links: Saturday, September 21st

Links: Saturday, September 21st

September 21, 2013 Links 6

So all of book culture has lost its god damned mind and declared it open season on reviewers. The most recent episode is brought to you by Goodreads, who changed their Terms of Service without notice then deleted users’ shelves and reviews. Additionally, they’ve created the following helpful pop-up for… Read more »

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