I debated on whether to post or not to post this blog. We know which side won the debate, but I digress. Let’s get to the heart of the matter. However, I’ll keep it short and dare I say, sweet.
We read to escape.
We read to gain knowledge.
As readers when we’re trying to escape into a romance some of us want things a certain way that perfect world to fall in where everyone is beautiful, well rounded and sweet. There’s not a damn thing wrong with that. Not at all. Maybe everybody should read a sweet, sanitized romance every once in a while. I even do it occasionally, but I have to be in the mood.
Then, there is real and raw romances where the characters are stripped bare and their flaws are exposed to the point were the readers feel their emotions right in the pit of their gut. I don’t necessarily mean angst. I just mean realistic down to earth characters who know and acknowledge that love is messy as hell. Where the characters are relatable, snarky, shitty, intelligent, strong and drop f-bombs like a lot of normal people do on any given day.
In fact, fuck.
Fuckitty. Fuck. Fuckery.
Did some of you read that out loud and just shrug? Raise your hand.
Did some of you clutch your imaginary pearls? Raise your hand.
Put your hands down I can’t fucking see you. Rolls eyes.
Some readers can’t deal with prevalent cursing in their romance novels. To them that kind of language should only be used strategically such as for emphasis on emotions maybe once or twice. Hell, maybe even dropping a fuck while the characters are making sweet, sweet love can ratchet up the tension. There is nothing wrong with that either. I know there is plenty of romances or lesbian fiction in other genres for you.
However, when those readers and other members of The Old Guard (love that term shout out the woman who dropped it in the comments on my last blog) start trying to police a writer and tank their reviews, leave one star ratings and even try to ward people off, things may have gone a bit far. There are other taboo subjects I hear such as cheating, bisexuality, anal sex, sex with other characters besides the main love interest. Some want those main characters to live in their own self contained bubble. Ladies and gents, that’s copacetic as well! I’m not trying to make you feel bad. Do you and move along. Some might say those one star reviews makes them want to read the book even more since every reader is entitled to their opinions.
Well, okay then, but don’t tread on me. Don’t tread on other writers who don’t fit that particular mold. Again, there are plenty of books out there for you, and if you happen to pick up one that doesn’t conform to your idea of escapism that’s just fine. FINE. FINE. FINE. No need to ward other readers away. We’re all different. What’s one woman’s trash is another woman’s fucking pot of gold.
KD’s work is available on Amazon or at Ylva. This includes her lesfic drama, Pink. Her next book in the Cops and Docs Series, Drawing the Line will be released November 21st. For more information on KD visit her website