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Monday, May 7, 2012

Books that are becoming passe'...at least to this reviewer

Its me again...your friendly Diva reviewer. I told that I would be back. Today I was gonna touch on what genres/sub-genres that right now, kinda bore me. Please don't throw things at me. Remember, its just my opinion. I have some good news to share. I've hired some reviewers to Harlie's Book Blog. Their reviews should post sometime next month. I have a request form on the blog and I'm getting 1-2 requests every other day now and I can't keep up. Trust me, I'm not complaining but I've wanted to expand the blog for some time now and that time is now.

The blog will also be converted to a Word Press platform and sometime this summer, it will fully convert to www.harliesbooks.com. I've got everything done for that but the conversion to WP. *sigh* Still waiting on the designer.


Here's a list of a couple that right now are kinda boring:

1. Ménage-I love a good ménage but I want it to mean something. Bring me the emotional connection between the characters. Anyone can have sex so show me how the emotions play into the relationship. Is there jealousy, feeling left out of the equation, or is the ménage just based on the sex? My biggest peeve is when an author builds up a ménage relationship and then BAM…someone is left out. What is worse about that is, the relationship that I invested in continues for the left out person in another book. Please, don’t do this. Make either the ménage be a committed relationship or a one shot deal. Unfortunately, I have stopped reading authors that do this.


2. BDSM-I realize that this particular sub-genre is hot right now because of 50 Shades but I have read some bad BDSM before but I am finding that authors are just throwing in certain aspects of BDSM and then labeling it BSDM. I have written a short story that has the hero tying up the heroine but I wouldn’t label it “true” BDSM. They don’t live the lifestyle nor do they want to. It is just an aspect of their bedroom repertoire they use every occasionally.


3. The “Friends to Lovers” troupe-Yes, my current WIP is this particular troupe but the conflict that I built in my story is not necessarily the conflict with each other but how the town effects their relationship and defines who and what they are as individuals. Don’t bring in the ex-whatever to break them up and then have them work it out. Boring…


4. As a reviewer, the length of the story has never bothered me. Some short stories have packed enough characterization/conflict/sex for me. Then there are some long novels that have bored me to tears.


5. Too much sex-I know what you are thinking. Yes, there can be too much sex in a book. As a reader of erotic romance and erotic shorts, I can be bored with it. I like a story with characters that I can connect with, care about, and cheer for in the end. Sex is sex and anyone can have it, so leaving out the gratuitous sex for sex sake’s would be great.


I'm sure that you are probably thinking...wow, maybe you shouldn't read a book anymore, much less review them.  Trust me, I've thought about it.  Most bloggers/reviewers have thought about it.  Reviewers/bloggers don't get paid for the work we do and sometimes, we want to chunk it all, just like writers do. 

We review because we love books.  Nothing more, nothing less. 

I'm sure that I will be crucified for my opinion.  Feel free.  I'm feeling a little feisty right now. 

Until next month...

Harlie (Marika)

13 comments:

Jennifer Lowery (Kamptner) said...

You know what you like and there's nothing wrong with that :)

Tina Donahue said...

Well, as Jennifer said, you know what you like.

As to the too much sex: if it's just used to titillate, then that's probably the problem. If there isn't an emotional build in the plot, then it's just sex. And yes, that can get boring. Just watch an X-rated film. :)

Brenda said...

Please, no one throw mushy tomatoes at me, but I am sick of heroines that are so kick ass they could beat the crap out of the hero. I'm also tired of too much sex--or should I say, sex for the sake of sex. I'm tired of stories that aren't emotional enough. I want to feel the character's pain. I'm tired of stories with what I call "fake conflict" just for the sake of having conflict.

Harlie Reader said...

Thanks ladies. To each his own when it comes to books and what you want to read. :)

I guess I'm becoming picky lately.

Marika

Casea Major said...

I have read some really good books lately, so I'm happy with my pile. But I am also very selective in what I read. Too picky. I'm with Brenda - I want both H/h to be better when they are with each other. I don't need a kick-ass heroine to make me happy. I don't mind self-sufficient. I just don't care for Laura Croft.

Nikki said...

I'm with you on the too much sex, the BDSM that really isn't and some menage. If I'm going to read a romance, and even if it's erotic, I want emotion. I want passion. I want a story and plot, not just the sex for the sake of having sex.

The friends to lovers theme, I really love. But I would like to see some new twists on it and not just the typical cliches. I have a friends to lovers story in mind but as far as I know so far there's not anything like this out there, for the most part anyway.

Sarah J. McNeal said...

I want to feel more involved than I do in many stories I read. I want to see the main characters evolve from where they are at the beginning to a change in their belief or character in the end.
I don't mind sex but I'm not into the graphic stuff.
I'm not much into were-anything--creeps me out and vampires have become hoo hum.
What I'd like to see is something fresh and different with deep POV battling against some real hurtles.

Jenna said...

I just don't read enough. Too much sex--I'm probably guilty of that in some of my works. Sorry. But usually it's an integral part of the plot and relationship. The BDSM doesn't bother me, I don't read a lot, but I'm picky about who I read. So I'm not really burnt out on anything right now. Except I have to agree with the kick-ass heroines. I am tired of them.

Melissa Limoges said...

I agree with everything you said, Marika. And I agree we each have our likes and dislikes when it comes to reading. Hey, keeps the wide industry of romance alive and well, right? While I might not like certain things in my books, I'll never say something isn't good just because I don't like it. Of course, I'll try anything once, maybe even twice. :) Love your posts and reviews, Marika.

Lisa Kumar said...

I totally agree with Brenda, Casea, Jenna, and Sarah. I want a deep emotional connection between the characters. And I prefer to avoid most were-anything stories (unless there's a new spin on that theme). Plus, I loathe Lara Croft heroine-types. Can't identify with them in the least.

Lol, but all these are my hangups. If we look hard enough, there's something for us all.

Taryn @My Secret Romance said...

Interesting blog post. Thanks for that! I liked it! :)

Maria D. said...

Great post Marika! I feel the same way about many of the subtopics that you mentioned. It's gotten to the point that reading sometimes takes a lot more energy than it should because I find myself finishing a book that I no longer enjoy reading. I want plot and character development and if the books can't give me that...I don't want to bother wasting my time reading them anymore.

Fiona McGier said...

I've been a judge for EPIC's contest for a few years, and since I'm willing to judge anything, I often get assigned to genres that are not my first choice. I have not necessarily enjoyed the books, but I can recognize a well-written story with characters who become real to the reader, and a conflict resolution that makes me smile. Anything else is just details. Though I HATE wimpy heroines who need to be rescued, and alpha males who almost snort while they exude testosterone all over the page. But that's just me...