Sunday, November 6, 2011

And now, a Blog on my Opinion which no one really wants to hear

... But I figured, what the hell, I'll write it anyway.

I don't know if I'm just poking my head out of my writing cave more or if there is an uptick in these type posts, but I'm seeing a lot of posts by my fellow authors decrying some types of stories.

Needless to say, they are not poo-pooing To Kill a Mockingbird. The big one that seems to be getting people up in arms are those faux incest stories with titles such as Daddy's Little Slut.

Now, I've found all the posts well-written and thoughtful, nothing inflammatory - just stating their opinions. Still, I find it ironic (in what I think is the proper dictionary definition) that people who write erotica and M/M romances are talking about how disturbing these books are. I mean, there is a reason that people who write these types of stories take pen names - remember the Judy Mays situation? Judy is a pen name of a high school teacher who writes erotica. This was such a "big deal" that it made a newscast.

Personally, I don't care for M/M. I have no interest in reading it, writing it, or even knowing it exists. More than that, I know some gay men find the M/M genre offensive - no, not all of them, but I do know some who find it ridiculous that women are writing a sanitized homosexual experience for the sexual enjoyment of other women.

So how does it effect you that I and others don't like M/M. It doesn't in any way, shape, or form. Who cares what I think - you certainly shouldn't. You should nod your head and go, "Good for you Dani, but I'm keeping my M/M."

Which is my point. Why does it matter what any of the rest of us are reading, or what each of us finds exciting or titillating, whether it be M/M written by women for women, incest-lite fantasies, paranormal shifter stories where they have sex while one is in their shifted form, or just standard erotic romance. This is the beauty of the written word, that these crazy fantasies can be shared with like minded people and be ignored by anyone who doesn't care.


Tina Donahue said...

I agree, Dani - if you don't like it, don't read it. The trouble with people is - everyone has an opinion. The trouble with the internet is - too many feel compelled to voice their opinion - generally negative. It's like a bitchfest out there. If I read something I don't like, I don't buy that type of book again. I don't rant about it online. I figure who cares what I think? Surely, they're adults like me and can make up their own minds.

Tim Smith said...

Dani, I enjoyed reading your opinion and agree with Tina and many others that if there's something you don't want to read, JUST SAY NO! The only place I express my opinion about someone's literary output is the site where I'm a reviewer, and I try not to trash the person's work.

As for some of the genres you mentioned - especially the ones that make people cringe - I would hope writers would rely on good taste, common sense and the guidelines set forth by their publisher. I know there are sites where you can find just about any kind of writing, including stuff most pubs won't touch, but if someone doesn't want to go there, no one is forcing them to.

Excellent post!

Fiona McGier said...

I also agree with what has been said. The beauty of the grand experiment called the U.S.A. is that my neighbors and I can live next door to each other happily, watching over each others' houses and kids, but we practice different religions, have different customs, and even may speak different languages. But my neighbor's freedom ends when he/she walks into my yard and tries to tell me I need to live like he/she does. And my freedom only extends to the end of my yard also.
So read what you want, but don't judge other people's tastes, lest you be the next "controversial" author writing stuff that "people who don't like that and don't want anyone else to either" might try to ban.