Um, romantic trash?Plenty of people get ignored by me, too. I'm sorry if I offended you, but I have an intense hatred for romance books that disguise themselves as anything but. I've been stung by interesting looking books only to find the strong female protagonist becomes a quivering pile of jelly the first time she lays eyes on a man. Romance is the one thing I find most commonly screwed up in books, and it contributed quite strongly to my dislike of Trudi Canavan's The Black Magician. If you're going to write romance books, fine, I honestly don't have a problem with that genre. My problem lies, mostly, with romance masquerading as something else. That is what gets me irate.
Plenty of people feel fantasy is trash*, I'd hope you'd have a little more feeling for people reading/writing the genres they enjoy.
Oh, badly done romance/romance shoehorned into a perfectly good 'other genre' plot isn't my cuppa either (can't comment on the Canavan thing, never read it) Or women who are just waiting for someone's manly manly man love to feel complete. I want to slap them.
I just get fed up with being trashed for what I write, whether I do romance or fantasy. *sigh* Then again, when I write romance, no one turns into a puddle of anything. I'm writing one now (not a romance, but it has elements) where the FMC gets MMC thrown in jail. On purpose
she's no one's puddle!
Thing is, there IS crap fantasy out there (Slave girls of Gor anyone?), fantasy that completely and utterly neuters men (no women appear to inhabit the world except as bar wenches or prostitutes, and the guys don't even notice them, not even to think 'Wow, she looks hot'. To ignore it it even look at them like they have all had their libido removed at birth...They aren't men, they're robots!)
And there IS crap romance out there (all heaving breasts and men behaving like women only with dicks)
But the problem isn't the genre, or the inclusion of a romance sub plot. It's the execution (and personal preference. I utterly adore fantasy with a well handled romantic sub plot. However, so many writers don't do the 'well handled' bit...For 'well handled' read not stupidly soppy.)
Romance/sex/love is one of the big motivators (along with power and death) To ignore it is to ignore a motivator that has caused wars etc, that is a big part of many people's lives. It's ignoring a huge part of being human
So while I get that some people don't like a romance in their fantasy,(which is fine, and cool) it doesn't make romance crap - it makes it not their thing. And i just get a bit fed up of the 'Oh, well, romance isn't real writing' (I know you didn;t say that, but it felt it was edging that way, and I get prickly). It is.
This is a bit like the time I was told that if I read fantasy I should only 'read the ones with deep, serious literary meaning. Reading escapism makes you lose IQ points like eating MacDonald's makes you fat'. And they were serious
. So dragons and elves and zombies are okay, as long as they are symbols for something...??*facepalm*
*takes deep breath*
Can you see why it's a pet peeve?
I'm sure we can agree that badly done ANYTHING is crap
ETA: And let's just not get started on women in fantasy, the Madonna/whore dichotomy etc.
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