Archive | January, 2015

Directed Reading? The Romance Author and Her Audience

29 Jan

Something More

There’s been lots of tweeting about this Ravishly interview with Kathleen Gilles Seidel today, and I said it would be a great topic for further discussion on a blog post, so of course I found myself volunteering to write one that could be a place for discussion.

First Things First

I am not interested in discussing the interviewer or the interviewer’s place in romance criticism in this space. I have not named the interviewer because I am hoping to avoid having that take over the conversation. I also find the name tends to act as a bat signal and then that person arrives and shapes the subsequent discussion and no thank you.

If I have any bias here, it’s that I adored Again and plan to read more of Seidel’s work.

The Parts that Interested Me Most 

(and I think I’m not alone) were Seidel’s comments on her relationship to her audience.

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My characters care about safe sex because I have to

26 Jan

Thank you for this. One of my biggest pet peeves in erotic romance is inconsistent condom use.

Ella Dawson

IMG_2249 Celebrating a very special anniversary.

A few weeks ago, Tamsin Flowers wrote a thought-provoking post about whether or not erotica authors have a responsibility to incorporate safe sex in their fiction. A reviewer noted that Tamsin’s characters hadn’t use condoms, and that this seeming disregard for safe sex had nearly ruined the story for her. Tamsin’s articulate response was that erotica provides an escape from real world concerns of sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy, and her fiction is in no way intended to be educational. She argued that whether or not to incorporate condoms in erotica should be up to the individual author and relative to the work itself, and plenty if not most erotica authors and sex bloggers agree with her. Remittance Girl, K D Grace, and Molly Moore have written their own takes on the topic, making various points to reach the same conclusion.

I’ve wanted…

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