Thanks to Kristen Painter and many others who forwarded me this link of irate rantage on my part.
Now, I’m the first to admit there are ridiculous romance novels. I got your Pregnesia right here, baby.
But while Evil Librarian Supervillain’s list of the 21 Most Ridiculous does highlight some truly bizarre romances, at the same time, I’d like five minutes in the stacks so I can smack her with her library science degree for the part where she dismisses all of romance as “the terrible smut genre.”
Even though her knowledge of “The Very Virile Viking” makes me suspicious that she might have read it, she says at the top she hasn’t read any romance, so, ahoy asshattery, the whole genre gets “librarian smash” treatment which makes me oh, so sad.
Perhaps I should start making sweeping generalizations about librarians. No one’s done that, right? RIGHT? Nah, I like librarians, for the most part. This one makes me grit my teeth. Yo Librarian: you want a romance recommendation? I’m happy to help, but first, you ought to know way fucking better. The selected covers? Cranking ridiculous. But the whole genre?
Dude. You’re a librarian. I should not have to tell you to get a fucking clue before you smack an entire genre.
In other more-awesomer news, Publishers Weekly has a new romance section, which, as many people on Twitter said, makes me want to subscribe, and my general rule is NOT to subscribe to paper magazines because they arrive and I don’t read them. BUT:
as editor Rose Fox pointed out, this is all kinds of romance with reviews… and I’m so curious and happy to see that section. Yay for PW!
The ever-brilliant Pam Rosenthal posted a very long entry at the History Hoydens about her presentation in Brussels on queer theory and romance:
Romance fiction isn’t incoherent. It’s hardworking, pragmatic, empathic—it sees a problem and it tries to solve it in the interest of a happy ending. AND it draws upon a wonderful camaraderie between authors, readers. and sometimes characters. Committed to pleasure, it wants to share, rather than compete.
It’s a long and meaty (pun totally intended) article but well worth reading.