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!