Saturday, November 7, 2015
This, That, The Other
Hey, did you know I still post a monthly Unusual Historicals column over at Heroes & Heartbreakers? Here's the latest one featuring October titles. Go forth! Find something good to read!
and now it's been posted online. So that explains why the "upcoming releases" section is kind of dated now. Anyway, it's there. Not sure it will be of much interest to romance readers as again - geared towards librarians - but if you want to know why I don't think LGBT or Multicultural are separate sub genres, it's kind of illuminating. I guess. Maybe. OK, maybe not.
Also, yes - I use the dreaded BR word. I know I just did a post railing against the adoption of the word "smut" by authors and readers, but I'm surprisingly cool with "bodice ripper" when it's used correctly (which it rarely is). To me it describes a very specific moment in genre history and a very specific "type" of historical. And since I whipped out the BR word when taking about genre history? Yeah, well - that explains that. But folks disagree with me on usage of the dreaded term in even this limited context and to each her own.
After my initial post I haven't blogged about this - mostly because I didn't feel comfortable enough with all the legal mumbo-jumbo to do so. Others have blogged throughout however, and for a recap of the settlement (as much as there can be a recap) - I'll direct you to this post at Dierdre Saoirse Moen's blog.
So what does this mean? We'll likely never know because - you know - settlement. Here's the positive: I'm happy for Jane (and her family) that the suit is over and I hope she's happy with whatever terms the settlement laid out.
What I'm disappointed about? That so many authors are still left twisting in the breeze. It was probably unrealistic to think that this lawsuit would somehow generate satisfaction for them (also, I think it was unfair to expect Jane to fall on that particular sword), but that doesn't mean there wasn't some hope. What does this mean for them? Who knows at this point. But I think it's going to get messier before it gets better and frankly that's no good for anybody (including readers).
I'm also disappointed that the settlement has reactivated troll activity (avoid at all costs people) and that my own feelings regarding the online romance community have taken a hit during this whole affair. Little Miss Crabby Pants hasn't been this vocal well....ever. And I don't know if that's because I've changed (is it possible - have I gotten THAT much older and crotchety-er?), my wee corner of the community has changed, or I was simply naïve before and had my tiny bubble of optimism popped? Maybe all of the above.
What does this mean for me moving forward? God, I don't know. I'm going to do my best to focus on books, finding my reading mojo, talking about books, and trying not to get sucked into drama. Which is hard - because typically I only wade in when I get pushed over the edge. People, y'all need to stop pushing me over the edge.
So for me it's head down, back to work, and trying to find some sort of reading mojo. Oh where, oh where could it be?