You know what's [not] great, that the 2019 @nytimes obituary for Johanna Lindsey makes sure to say this: "Stories built around romantic and sexual surrender — between arrogant, willful men and heroines with little power from centuries past — descended at times into rape."
While the 1977 obituary for Nabokov says this, "Intended as a metaphor for the eternal quest for innocence that is resolved in satiric terms, the book sold in the thousands as an erotic story of Dolores Haze, a 12-year-old nymphet... and Humbert Humbert, her middle-aged pursuer.
To which I offer this hearty fuck you to everyone a the New York Times obituary section.
[gif: wonder woman smashing a window labeled patriarchy]
I wish we could talk about writing quality more in romance. Maybe it's a knee-jerk response to outsiders who think **all** romance writing is terrible. Are we afraid if we start a conversation about writing quality, outsiders will jump in and say I KNEW IT?
And mea culpa: I didn't talk too much about writing quality in the RITA books I DNF'd, and maybe I should have. In some ways, it's an easy dodge, because the books with poor writing seem to travel with a sidecar of terrible content. It's easier to talk about problematic content.
The heroine is Melissa Greyson. She's 28 and works for her grandfather's company. Since Pop is a controlling old geezer, he tells her that he's going to take her job from her if she doesn't produce a husband STAT.
In order to fulfill the letter of the law, Melissa asks one of Pop's business enemies, a young guy named Trevor Bentley to marry her for a year. That way she can keep her job and get Pop off her back.
It's honestly so fresh for a book about wolves. Silver, our heroines is a wolf who has never been offland--she's way more comfortable as a wolf than in "skins." The hero, Tiberius, is a shifter who will be killed if she doesn't help him.
Good morning fellow white Romancelandia citizens, can we talk about Robin diAngelos's White Rules of Engagement? In case you don't know, we white people have been trained by society to react certain ways when we are accused of engaging in racist behavior.
But, you know, like all good training, it's not something we're really aware of. So here's a super great article that explains it all at once: goodmenproject.com/featured-conte…
I'm also going to break it down and give examples. The article starts by pointing out the 2 things white ppl believe is that racists are bad people and is a "conscious dislike."
If you've ever seen a white person talking about their black friend, that's why.