Friday, October 27, 2006

Meanie Weanie

Let's look at the opposite of Christy's blog. Luckily, I've never had anyone say anything mean or nasty to me about writing romance. At least not to my face. I know authors who do get mean things said to them. Sometimes the person may not even knowing what they say is hurtful. Or have someone grab your book and read just the lovemaking part and laugh. Are they jealous or just trying to be witty? Violence is not a good response to these people.

Miss Snark's June 9 blog had some interesting suggestions to the "When are you going to write a real book?" question.

Even Dear Abby got into the act in her Sept. 2 column , but she responded to the letters she received and admitted she hadn't read a romance in years.

Susan Combs, who wrote one romance novel in the '90s, is being called a pornographer by her opponent in the Texas Comptroller race. Fred has excerpts on his web site. You can guess what parts of the book he's posted. But if he really thinks her book is pornography, doesn't posting the excerpts on his web site make him a purveyor of pornography?

Has anyone ever said anything mean or hurtful to you about your chosen genre? If so, how did you handle it?


Carla Swafford said...

I have a friend that's not a writer (yes, I have those, too) and I know she loves me dearly. But every so often she reads a book that she considers "okay", and then she tells me, "You can write as well as that author can. You should be published, too."

I smile and tell her thanks. She has no clue what it sounds like to me. You know..."Your writing isn't wonderful, but okay." Too funny. She means well.

JoAnn said...

The thing that makes me especially hot under the collar is that there are plenty of books not in the romance genre that are filled with sex. No one ever complains or ridicules them. Well, I guess not until now. Looks like Texas is not the only state playing the sexy books card in politics.

Deborah Matthews said...

Just tonight I saw a piece on TV about Webb & Allen. I wasn't familiar with Webb or his writing.