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Be Proud of Who and What You Are...

Cross-posting this to Fangs, Fur, & Fey because I believe it's relevant:

So following are some comments I made in response to some extremely insulting comments a couple of people made on a writing board I frequent regarding "popular" fiction, the readers of popular fiction, and the publishers who (according to them) believe that readers are "dumb" and "dumb down" covers and content for this unintelligent mass of readers (NOTE:  I IN NO WAY share these opinions!)

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I write fun, sexy, action-packed books. Something I enjoy reading as much as I enjoy writing. Why SHOULDN'T they be packaged appropriately? I don't believe that sexuality is wrong, or that portraying sensual characters is wrong. I don't believe that marketing something in a smart, targeted way is wrong. I don't believe that is "dumbing down" to readers. If some more "serious" book with a plain, unremarkable cover is what it takes to be considered "talented" by some people, I will just continue on in my deluded, talentless hack sort of way. That, you know, pays my bills. By writing books I love and am proud of, so that doesn't make it "selling out" or any of those other epithets that people who don't like this type of book like to throw out.

Tired of people who can't just like their own types of books (or anything really) without feeling the need to denigrate others. Bite me, plskthx!

ETA: Re dumbing down things...this isn't something I generally throw in people's faces because it doesn't mean much in the real world really, but I technically have a "genius" IQ and graduated summa com laude with my bachelor degree and maintained a 4.0 during my entire time in grad school obtaining my Master's degree. Yet I LOVE sexy, fun book covers and the stories they contain. Many of my readers are as smart as or smarter than me (whether they went to college or not). So again, bite me!

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Related to that, here is a poignant, important blog post from someone I am extremely proud to call a friend (even though I don't get to see her NEARLY enough despite our living in the same city), the fabulous Heather Brewer.  Please, read it, take it to heart, believe it!  Be proud of who and what you are.  I sure as hell am.

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xamaque
Mar. 17th, 2011 03:22 am (UTC)
I agree there is nothing in the least wrong with putting sensual covers on books where romance or erotica play a big part of the story. That's just truth in advertising! I also am right there with you in the fight against the elitist book snobs who think anyone not reading either Dostoevsky or the latest critics pick is some kind of idiot. So what if they are mainly escapism, not 'Great Literature'? It doesn't mean there's no value to it, and everybody indulges in some type of escapism, whether it's a novel, a play, a tv show, or whatever.

However, what I do seriously object to is publishing companies attempting to dumb down a book by editing out any big words or unfamiliar terms(because Heaven forbid anyone ever have to stop and look something up) or slapping a salacious cover on a book that has nothing or little to do with sex or romance.
strix_an_stones
Mar. 17th, 2011 05:28 pm (UTC)
What a silly argument, and I'm sorry to hear you have to address it. I'm a Mensan, and a reading omnivore. A good many of the "classics" or the books touted as literary masterpieces are boring, trite and overblown. They are verbose to the point of inducing slumber in even the most erudite of readers with a good many of the same only buying the titles for bragging rights. I can't tell you how many people I've visted who had 'The Kite Runner' or Kazuo Ishiguro's 'Never Let Me Go' on a coffee Table, but when I started to talk about the books, they admitted to never even cracking the pages; the books were left out to impress visitors, not because they ever indulged in the quality of the content.

Now, I may enjoy the purient "bubblegum for the brain" that mainstream fiction provides, but you know what? These diverse genres sell into the millions, consistently. Good for you. Kudos to you all. So what if you don't get included on some artsy-fartsy list? You've touched more minds, hearts and lives than a good many of those other "quality" books can ever claim. Pfft to them.
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