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.
It’s a challenge, you know, to come up with fresh and nice replies, especially when the answer causes the questioner’s countenance to shift ever so slightly, but clearly enough for me to see the like that’s real fiction thought that’s quickly followed by theyou must suck flicker. You want to know what goes through my mind when I see that dissmissal in your eyes? Do you really?
OK. You asked for it.
First there’s: "Tell me something, dick-knuckle, If you think romance fiction isn’t real fiction, is it therefore fake? Because you know I know a lot about fake."
And then there’s: "Have you ever written anything, fartwad?"
Oh, wait. I suppose y’all wanna know what the questions are. Fair enough because I wanna know which one you think is more offensive. Remember to bear in mind the "look" that these inquiries elicit.
a) What sort of novels do you write? or b) Are you published yet?
Really. I AM interested in what you think and even more interested in any suggestions you can give to me as to how I can answer these questions without whipping out my atomic bitch.