A few weeks back I purchased a book that sent me into a bit of a…rage. The book was well structured and for intents and purposes, was well written. However…this book that I found in the romance section at Amazon…This book that was placed within several romance categories, WAS NOT A ROMANCE.
Now, I suspected that it was not a romance before I purchased the book. I try to always follow my guidelines for finding romance stories. The signs all pointed to me being disappointed. I’d noticed the author posting on Facebook for weeks, stating that they were excited about a “new project outside of their comfort zone”. When the book came out I did my due diligence and checked out the reviews on Goodreads and spoke to a few people who’s opinion I trust about the book.
Again, all signs pointed to me absolutely hating the book. And yet I purchased the book anyway. Why? Because I know this particular author and wanted to give them the benefit of the doubt. The situation also had an element of a trainwreck I could see coming but was powerless to stop. So I queued up the book in my Kindle and settled in for an experience. In that aspect, I wasn’t disappointed. Because I love you all, and because I am sufficiently dually traumatized by both this book and the recent U.S. elections, I’ve decided to put forth a public service announcement targeted towards authors.
Dear Authors…If you think having your hero/heroine raped by their love interest…please do not label this story as a romance
Dear Authors…If you think having your main character(s) raped is easier than actually providing them with depth and backstory stop writing.
Dear Authors…Please see the below definition for Stockholm Syndrome, memorize it and don’t label any story with this occurrence a romance.
Dear Authors…Poverty is not a plot device. Don’t use it as an easy way to make one character indebted to another. That is lazy and annoying.
Dear Authors…There is a difference between consenting adults practicing BDSM and non-consensual intercourse and violence.
Dear Authors…Non-consensual intercourse IS RAPE
Dear Authors…Making a hero or heroine feel pleasure during an assault so that you can somehow justify assault, is such a heinous and egregious offense to me, that I will never buy your books again.
Dear Authors…Assault isn’t sexy or romantic. Stop trying to make it seem that way.
Dear Authors…Trigger warnings don’t excuse you from any of the above offenses.
Dear Authors…If you have written any of the above into your storyline and labeled your book a romance, you are an asshole.
Dear Authors…If you have written any of the above into your stories and think it’s okay to label it a romance with trigger warnings and don’t get why this upsets me…
A Pissed Off Reader Tired of Your Excuses
Laurel Cremant is an opinionated author and reader of romance with a wicked sense of humor. RNIC was smart (or crazy) to bring her on as a blogger. In 2016 she took over the management of this site and relishes her new title of “Overlord of Awesome”