Why Amazon Should Thank B&N

Time and time again the romance community (particularly the commonly refered to erotica-define that for me please oh that is another topic for another day) is attacked-yeah I’m going to use the word attacked-by some close minded person who doesn’t understand why anyone would want to be bothered reading this genre.  Each time this happens we rally the troops and the post is usually removed.  Well I am damn sick and tired of this.  You would think by now people would start to recognize that romance is just another genre and it’s nothing to get so up in arms and offended about. 

What is your problem with the genre?  You don’t like that it has actually helped many people become happier in their relationships?  Or perhaps that it has helped some people become happier with themselves?  I’m sure there is at least one instance somewhere of how someone blamed a book on their relationship ending, but seriously are you going to believe that?  Do you think that person’s mind was taken over by the book and forced them to do whatever they might have done?  There sure are a lot of fans of mysteries-do you think they are all murderers?  Yeah I didn’t think so.  If you don’t want to read romance (whatever level of spice it may be) than don’t read it!  I don’t give a damn what you read.  Why do you care so much about what I read?  Is my reading hurting you in some way?  No so back off!

Now I am well aware that anyone who choses to read my blog is probably a fan of my preferred genre (I like to call it smut-and I mean that in the most positive way possible) and you are probably wondering what the hell is wrong with me today.  lol Well there was a post on the Barnes and Noble website today-yes the actual site not some random blog and yes I count myself as a random blog-that was seriously insulting not only to the readers but author of the genre as well.  B&N has removed the post from their site-and my comment on their FB page-but I happen to have a link to screen prints of the entire disaster here at Cat Johnson’s blog.  Wanna hear about it?  I knew you would and that is why I love you.  🙂   

You see Lauren’s Nook was stolen.  I think that is terrible and I would be insanely upset if that happened to me.  But I don’t own a Nook and I never will.  I’ve always bought from Amazon or direct from the publisher sites.  It tends to be cheaper and it is just more user friendly in my opinion.  I have owned  Kindles and now primarily read on my iPad using my Kindle app.  The problem with the post is that as Lauren continued to talk about her love of books and using her Nook to read on the treadmill she then started to discuss the books her Nook thief bought.  She started getting email notifications of “erotica” books being purchased using her account.  She proceeded to list several of the erotic books that were purchased on her account.  She also makes this comment and it perplexes me “After a phone call with B&N Customer Service (this is before I was employed by B&N)” you will notice in the screen shot the books listed are mostly new releases.  Did she just start working at B&N this week?  After reading her post I wonder if she still has a job or if this was all faked by B&N-either way it’s in extremely poor taste.  She also mentions how she was also shocked that the thief purchased a subscription to the NY Times.  I can see her confusion.  She clearly doesn’t understand that not everyone likes the same things and just because I like reading about sex with my romance doesn’t mean that I am uneducated.

Amazon should consider writing B&N a thank you note for all the new Kindles and Kindle books they will be selling after this post.  I found it highly entertaining that after the books were called out there were even buy links listed for them below the post.  I mean really?! So if nothing else the authors did get a bit of free publicity from all of this.  I for one love my smutty books.  I am thankful for the hard work they pour into their work.  They are no different from a suspense or science fiction (or any other genre) author.  They put forth just as much of their soul when writing a book as anyone else and to bash them and the people who read their books is just ignorant.  I love what I read and I love the authors who write the books I read.  I consider many of them friends and I wouldn’t have it any other way.  So thank you to the entire romance community.  In my experience we are one of the most tolerable, open, and supportive communities out there! 



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19 thoughts on “Why Amazon Should Thank B&N

  1. Sheila

    That’s a shame that the writer of that post felt compelled to dis erotic romance books. I love them and the authors who write them. You would think in this day and age, with all the political correctness going around because we are so afraid of offending someone, that this type of rant would not occur.

  2. I love when the romance community rallies around itself. And, authors from ALL the romance genres – from sweet, innocent teen romance to adult consensual erotica – gather to support each other. It really takes a village and we’re a diverse one!

  3. OMG. That PDF that Cat managed to put together of that post has me steaming mad. I can understand why the woman would be spitting mad that someone was shopping on her dime. Who wouldn’t be? But when I see statements like this:

    “and, surprisingly, a subscription to the New York Times (I hadn’t taken her for a Times girl).”

    What? So just because a woman enjoys some steamy to sizzling hot books with (graphic) sex, she can’t possibly be interested in the stock market or current events?

    “I was bitter, but slept easier at night figuring the woman could stand to diversify her library a bit—it might do her some good to read Christopher Hitchens.”

    As usual, (erotic) romance readers get attacked for reading what we do because obviously books like these must be trashy. Romance readers and writers must be small-minded, uneducated deviants *eyeroll* I love the genre and the people I have met through it. I, for one, could do without people like Lauren in my circles.

  4. siobhanmuir

    My question is: Don’t they know romance readers are the most prolific and largest consumers of books? Didn’t they check their sales records? Did they think all those literary types would stand up and cheer? Heh. Romance readers take no prisoners. On the other hand, it could have been a ploy to get more sales on the B&N site for folks to try out what someone else is complaining about. 🙂

  5. Becki Wyer

    Well said Kitty. I’ve never understood why people think it’s perfectly okay to read/view extreme violence, but it’s not okay to read/view anything about sex. I just don’t get it.

  6. Girlfriend, and I use the term lightly, should just buy some new batteries and start reading. Might loosen her up!

  7. Jessica

    Rolls eyes. She’s the one who failed to report her Nook stolen! God forbid someone buys erotic books vs comic books. I wonder if she would have objected then? In the end who cares what someone reads as long as they do it and enjoy it.

  8. Tammy S.

    I have most of the books she listed, I also know how to put a password on kindle without customer services and yes I also read the New York Times as well. I am pretty sure which of the two of us is the smarter one. Maybe she should read more on the job.

  9. Nicely said Kitty!! Personally I think people who bash romance readers are jealous. They read dried up classics and pretentious blowhards like Hitchens, when what they really want is a good pantie wetter like Cat Johnson! They must have very sad sex lives. Vanilla missionary in the dark.

  10. I don’t think I could have said it as well as you, Kelly. I just feel sorry for the people who don’t read romance and erotic romance. They don’t know what they’re missing. Really, what’s wrong with books about relationships with happy endings?

    I read somewhere that one of the popular horror/thriller writers had commented in an interview that he would love to write a romance one day but that they are harder to write than murder stories. I won’t say the author because I can’t find the interview but I have all of his books and love them.

    Guess it’s just closed minded readers that don’t think romance is real reading.

  11. Thanks for the shout out in your post! Smooches!

  12. MORON! oh uhmmm, my erotica/romance ignorance is showin but who is Christopher Hitchens??? bwahahahahahaha
    This bee-yatch would fall over dead if she saw what was/is on my Angel aka Nook…..heeheehee all those mm books and menages and lions and tigers and bears,,,, oh my!!!! hahahahahaha

    Thanks Kitty darlin!

    hugs ya,

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  14. To be quite honest, I find authors and readers of all the different sub-genres of romances to be some of the most intelligent, literate, highly educated, compassionate, supportive authors and readers out there. We are as one in this close knit community, and we will stand our ground to protect one of our own.

    Romance readers and writers like to utilize all five senses, and have so much creative output, it is amazing. I like romance, period. From sweet, to throw me down, tie me up, and spank me. It allows for personal growth in so many aspects of my life, and by having all sorts of “flavors” of which I can partake of, it lets me feeds my mind and body whatever treat they desire at any given time.

    So, KUDOS, to Romance–from sweet to spicy! I am always up for a healthy serving of passion in any form!

    For those that write it and read it right along side of me…HOT DAMN! GIVE ME SOME MORE!

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  16. crystalg78

    Wow, I am so jealous of the person who got her NOOK! Those are some fabulous books by some really great authors and I not only own a lot of those books but will most probably be purchasing more in the future 🙂
    And does she really expect use to believe she hides “historical fiction” in her underwear drawer? Last time I checked we hide things in our underwear drawer we don’t want other people to find (like her secret erotic fiction), lol
    She obviously is very closed minded and has never read erotica so you really cannot comment or have an educated opinion on something you have never read or tried before. Unless it really was erotica in her underwear drawer and she is just a hypocritical prude.
    Anyways thanks for screen-shot because it for us because surprise (not) B & N removed it. I do not shop B & N and prefer Amazon.
    The one thing we can thank her for though is the free promo for Romance & Erotica books that got free publicity from this however unintentional on her part 🙂

  17. Sheila F

    It’s funny that she comes across better than us that read erotica but us erotic readers would know to report it stolen.:) You did a good job Kelly on the post to her.

  18. flchen1

    Nicely said, KittyKelly! Thanks for saying what so many of us are thinking 😉

  19. Couldn’t have said it better KittyKelly! That was fantastic! You go Girl!

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