Commonplace Post (18)

Happy Saturday! It’s raining over here but in a gentle, almost nice sort of way. I’m still making my way through Jane Eyre, although I may have to start skimming because I’m at the part where Rochester is all gooey over Jane and it’s kind of boring compared to the rest of the book.

Meanwhile, here’s some interesting stuff I found online this week. Click images to go to their source!

Interview: Eloisa James, author of ‘The Duke is Mine’:

Of course, we can (and must) tell off people who seem retrogressively prone to dismissing romance as a genre written by foolish and uneducated women and read by the same. It’s just not true! But there’s an aspect other than simple prejudice that I find interesting: The field of romance writing is one of few great meritocracies in America. It doesn’t really matter if a good author has a Ph.D. or a GED: In fact, education is pretty useless when it comes to creating a gripping, sigh-worthy romance novel. So your question about why people are surprised when they find out that lots of romance authors are super smart not only reflects misogyny in America, but also the fact that some of the best romance writers are super smart, but never bothered to get a degree.

The First Five Days on Goodreads @ CuddleBuggery. Drama! Just in case you don’t know what’s been going on at Goodreads lately.

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  1. Wow! I didn’t know Goodreads is the place to go for such drama! And to think, I just use it to store my to-read, read, and currently-reading collections …

    I’m not much of a romance reader, but I would never dismiss the genre like that. For one thing, romance is hard to write! And I like seeing romance bits in the suspense and thrillers I like to read – it really gets me emotionally involved with the characters.

    • Anastasia

      I’ve only recently been putting my reviews on Goodreads…mainly to see if any drama shows up, haha! Not that I’m writing mean reviews, or anything. (Not any longer, anyway. Some of my very early reviews were kinda mean.)

  2. Goodreads has been such a source of drama and debate of late! I’m finding it fascinating how the internet is breaking down the invisible wall between reader and author, and what that means for publishing. It’s quite hard as a reviewer when you’re chatting with authors regularly and they’re very much a part of the conversation–how can one step back from that and continue to be objective when there are relationships on the line?

    • Anastasia

      I worry about reviewing books by friends, too. I even worry about reviewing books by authors who aren’t my friends, but who I’ve talked to on Twitter or whatever! I suppose I could just not make friends with authors, but…they’re so nice! It’s really tough to maintain distance, too, when they’re right there retweeting your stuff or whatever.

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