I’m late to the party on this one but I am going to add my two cents anyway. This happened in January before I had this blog so I didn’t even know about it until yesterday. Apparently this guy wrote a blog post titled “The Problem with Romance Novels”. I am not going to mention his name or link to his blog because I don’t want to drive traffic to his site because he is an idiot and that is what he wants. You could easily google it and find it but I ask that you don’t because that will make him seem more important than he is. He is a nobody and I would like it to remain that way. Apparently when he wrote this piece a lot of romance readers and writers tried to comment on his blog but he would delete their comments but the blog post was talked about quite a bit in the romance community.
I read his piece and my first reaction was to act like a juvenile and call him an asshole or a prick or dickhead or a moron or a pathetic loser but I have decided not to do that and attack this from a purely logical point of view. He starts off with this:
In this age of cultural and moral relativism, it should be no surprise that we often find people demanding respect in every field of art, where a finger painting is held in as high esteem as a Rembrandt for instance.
First cultural relativism has to do with the different values and morals of cultures for example the saying “one person’s terrorist is another person’s freedom fighter” that is cultural relativism and it has nothing to do with romance novels or any novel for that matter. You’re not making any sense. You are using a widely accepted modern anthropology idea and using it to suggest romance writers/readers demand respect. Who exactly are we demanding respect from? You? People YOU consider great writers? Who gave you that authority? Why do you get to decide what is good and what isn’t? Is it because you have a blog that no one reads? Is it because you wrote a book that no one has heard of? Was that book even published? For someone who admits on their blog that they have no job, no money and is good at telling lies you are one arrogant fuck.
The fact that you are arrogant doesn’t bother me as much as the fact that you are wrong. I happen to know quite a few romance writers and they are wicked smart. You wouldn’t last one minute in a debate with these women. They are creative women who know how to write good stories that people like to read. You know what else they know? How to get published.
And for your information my daughter’s finger paintings are more important to me than a Rembrandt so fuck you. Next you said:
Romance novels are inexplicably among the best selling of all genres. The fact that we have nearly a 50% illiteracy rate in this country might be partly to blame. Many people don’t have the reading skills to rise much higher than children’s books or romance novels. Because romance novels do sell so abundantly in our day, I’ve noticed more and more articles about, and interviews with, romance writers where they are as often as not put on a pedestal—as though they somehow belong in the same class as authors of much higher standing.
Now you have gone from insulting the writers to the readers. You are suggesting that people who read and write romance are barely literate and stupid. Let me give you some facts:
Half of all women who read romance have a college education
The average household income of a romance reader is higher than the national average
74% of romance readers have more sex than the average person (for clarification someone like you would be considered the average person).
You’re upset that romance writers are being put on a pedestal. I have a solution for you since you are So much better than them. Write your own book and make it really good so you can be on that pedestal. Oh I forgot you did write a book but no one bought it or it wasn’t even published. I don’t know because I googled you and did not find any book by you all I found was your blog.
I have a blog too you know and I have a lot of women who read it and I talk to them and you know what I have found out? They are educated, smart women and they tend to be happily married. They are all of the things you aren’t. Next you said:
What the modern reader needs to understand is that romance novels by their very nature are meant to be inferior.
This statement makes absolutely no sense and confirms my suspicions, you are stupid. Explain this since you are so much smarter than us. Why are they meant to be inferior and inferior to what or who? And why would someone intentionally write an inferior book? So they could take it to a publisher and say “here you go you’re going to love this one, it really sucks”. So you are suggesting that publishers are stupid too? I am asking you because I don’t know. I’m not an author like you and you are the one who has experience writing an inferior book so therefore you are an expert and I would like you to explain this please.
I have read a lot of books in my life including the one’s you consider classics. Just because not every writer is a Hemingway doesn’t mean they aren’t talented. Remember, you aren’t Hemingway either.
I think it’s safe to say that no Ivy League school will ever teach out of romance novels as part of the required curriculum. No romance novel will ever be thought of as a classic along side Spencer, Bunyan, Swift and Dickens.
I think it is also safe to say that no Ivy League school would allow you in as a student. And how do you know a romance novel won’t be taught in an Ivy League school someday? How do you know that a romance novel won’t become a classic? Stephen King will never be considered in the same league as Dickens but that doesn’t mean he sucks. He is the best at what he does and writes in a genre much smaller than romance with much less competition.
If a romance story were that good, it would no longer be referred to as romance, but would instead simply be known as drama or literary fiction or a classic love story. If you think about it, there are of course a handful of classic novels that fit the description of the latter: novels that are full of romantic love but which are so well written that they aren’t thought of as romance novels/stories. Romeo and Juliet probably tops the list (though it was a play of course) followed by Jane Eyre.
Romeo and Juliet is considered a romance story and even has a sub-genre called Tragic Romance and is a classic so you have proved yourself wrong by providing a romance that is a classic. You should feel pretty stupid.
No one would call Jane Eyre a “romance novel.” It would instead be referred to as a “classic love story.”
You are right and wrong at the same time. You are right Jane Eyre would not be considered a Romance Novel because it isn’t it is a genre named Bildungsroman which means a coming of age story. And you are wrong that it would be called a classic love story because wouldn’t it would be called a coming of age story.
The very thing that separates classic love stories from romance novels is that romance novels must by default be bad, tacky even, or they’ll no longer be classified as romance novels and will get placed in a higher category. I find it difficult to respect something that is purposely meant to be a lessor work. One should always strive to do great work. If an author classifies their own story as romance, that tells me that even they don’t think much of it. That being the case, neither should we.
Where is your evidence that romance novels must by default be bad and tacky? Where does it say that? You find it difficult to respect something that is meant to be a lesser work. I actually agree with you on this. As a blogger it is difficult for me to respect other bloggers whose blogs are meant to be lesser works. The problem is I don’t think you meant for your blog to be lesser I think you meant for it to be good and it isn’t which means you are trying to be good but still suck and that really sucks for you.
It’s funny because you talk about how children could write a romance novel and one of your readers agreed. She said she could easily write a romance novel. Then I have a question for you. Why don’t you? You aren’t having any success as it is so if is so easy why don’t you do it and make some money. Because you can’t that’s why.
You know after reading this I have realized it was a waste of my time to even address your stupidity. It is very clear that you are simply jealous. You are not a successful writer and you are bitter. You are trying to build yourself up by tearing someone else down and that makes you pathetic. And the fact that you deleted comments from women on your site shows that you are also a pussy. They were probably comments that you didn’t know how to respond to because they were written by women clearly smarter than you so you deleted them.
Romance is a huge genre some books are bad, some are good and some are even great. They are written by talented people and read by smart people who like to read well written fantasy. Romance writers write a plethora of books with some of the most creative stories you will find. Romance is the largest selling genre did you ever think that maybe you are the one that is wrong. Maybe all of the people buying these books are the smart ones.
You write that you are sexy and single. The sexy part is debatable as to why you are single is not.
One more thing. There is one really funny part on your blog. One of your readers complimented you and said this must be one your best posts because you got fifteen comments. Come read my blog mother fucker.