I know when you write about romance fiction romance is supposed to get a little r. The capital R is reserved for use when referring that literary genre of high culture with quests, brave knights, ladies, courtly love, and all that jazz. I think the use of a small r for romance fiction (and pink and hearts and clinch covers) is a reason modern romance novels are denigrated. Well, here’s another. Some of us romance writers are up in arms today over this little story about how romance fiction poses a threat to women’s sexual health.
Read it and you might agree we’re our own worst enemy when it comes to romance novels and research. Annie, Aretha and Oldbitey are cheesed off because “research” like Susan Quilliam’s, says, women who read romance novels are getting life and love and sex all wrong. Romance readers are making a mess of their lives because romance novels are not good role models. Sisters are not doing it for themselves, they’re doing it to themselves.
Hang on. Didn’t I blog about something “to ourselves” yesterday (See What Do We Want)
Here’s an idea. Can we stand up for one another rather than knock down and reduce romance readers to little r’s again and again? How about showing some respect for your fellow sex? If you can’t, at least wear a condom or a dental dam-like device when you undertake this sort of poorly investigated research. And crack open a 21st Century contemporary Romance novel before you start typing up your notes.
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Real readers want to read about real characters, and just like they responded negatively to the eighteen year old virgin heroines of “Yore” there will be backlash about the lack of heroines that represent what is actually the largest (and most affluent book buying) reading demographic out there. Readers want a character to identify with otherwise they put down the book and leave the bookstore.