Want some reading of the ranking and listing and charting variety?
From Billie: The Overthinkingit.com Female Character Flowchart.
There was a lot of sketching involved in the creation of that graphic. Holy smoke.
And, in further links of awesomeness, Lauren Baratz-Logsted wrote up what she considers her Book Pyramid, which parallels the AMA Food Pyramid only instead of nutrition, it ranks books by the respect they receive.
Yeah. This can’t end well for romance. I have to say, I grinned at her comment:
On behalf of every sensible-minded person in publishing, Romance, I’d like to offer my apologies. You make countless people happy and you make more money than any other category. In fact, it’s thanks to you and all the money you bring in that many other books are even published. You, in effect, pick up the tab. So you deserve better than being next to last. That said, you’re sensible, Romance, far more sensible than many give you credit for. So I know you’ll understand it’s not me putting you so close to rock bottom, but rather, I am only the messenger who has designed the Book Pyramid which merely depicts the reality you already know all too well: that what you do does not receive the respect it deserves. Now, please. Go do something about the worst of those covers. You’re practically as bad as Horror.
Sing it, sister.
And don’t forget – you can still enter the Diesel Harlequin Horror Mashup contest (beware the autoplay mp3!), which I’m judging along with Ron Hogan. Winners announced next Thursday night in NYC, and I hope you can be there in person to drink up and celebrate the crazy mash.