If I want to write 80,000 words of pure sex scenes, it’s still not a trashy book. Trashy is a book of poor quality, meaning editing, writing, the plot all suck. Adding sex does not make it trashy. (Unless they’re having sex while they let their baby chew on cigarette butts. That’s probably pretty trashy. Could still be a golden story, though.)
So This Happened. As you can imagine, I was not amused. Several other writers (like Zoe York, far more prominent than I am) were not amused either. Then in a business proposal I saw this as a list of genres:
- Trashy Romance
Trashy romance. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard that phrase. Or sappy romance. Or just a romance. Stupid, silly, cheap romance too. I expect to hear those phrases from people outside the romance world. But I also hear them – as in this case – from writers of romance.
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