Let’s All Stop Shaming Women Who Read Romance

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.)

Romance and Chocolate

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:

  • Mystery
  • Thriller
  • Crime
  • Speculative
  • Literary
  • Horror
  • Paranormal
  • Historical
  • 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.

def2d-quotestarry“Here’s a stupid romance, and it’s perfect for you,” said no romance writer ever. Except when they do.

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2 thoughts on “Let’s All Stop Shaming Women Who Read Romance

  1. Romance fills a need just as any other genre. Just because someone doesn’t like Sci Fi or Horror doesn’t make those genres trash – though I have heard them called that by people who are “classical literature” lovers. It just means that they don’t like that genre – but it doesn’t mean that the people who like them are trash – nor is the genre. The same with romance. I used to not read romance at all, simply because it didn’t interest me. Now, I do read it because I enjoy it now where I didn’t before. I used to really love hard sci fi – now, I am burned out on it, but that doesn’t mean I don’t still think it is a wonderful genre – it just doesn’t fit my needs any longer.
    Saying “trashy romance” is demeaning, cruel and dismissive, and the person who made this list should be ashamed of themselves!

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  2. Anyone who goes overboard disrespecting romances never took a cynical shot at writing one for the supposedly “easy money”–and then slunk back to his cave, thoroughly defeated. I’m not saying why I know this, but I do.

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