There was one top romance book with sex scenes described in graphic detail. And I was trying to picture it in my head, and it was not even anatomically possible to do those things. For example, performing certain acts while standing or kneeling…The author didn’t even bother to think, HOW is it possible to do that while standing? I mean, we all have joints in the same places, don’t we? This wasn’t limited to one book, but several. Ana Simons and I used to talk about it a lot, the anatomically incorrect sex scenes. I mean, even if you’ve never had sex and you still must write lots of graphic sex scenes. You can at least use some common sense writing them.
It might seem like we’re intellectual snobs, or just bitter, because we don’t have those coveted reads. So it’s fine to think twice what our own motivations are for dissing these books. But frankly…the more I tried to find some redeeming qualities in those books (mainly with the intention of getting some of those coveted reads for myself), the more of it I found.
Well I have liked many, many books that others called shit and I do not have any bad feelings towards them. There’s this lady, she was dissing the ‘sweet valley high’ books. I had never heard of them (maybe because I grew up in India) so I was really curious…I read the preview pages and loved the first one, so I took a KU membership. I must have read 33 of them. All trash, and I devoured them in my forties. And I still love that lady!
Never said it wasn’t okay. Some examples were cited to show that we need to be wary. And THAT is OKAY.
I self-publish exclusively on Amazon and I know Amazon has wrongly targeted many authors during their watch-hunt against KU hackers. What is wrong is wrong, and I never had a problem with authors who pointed it out. We don’t need any sacred cows, be it wattpad, or agents, or trad publishing or Amazon.
PS: I’m not saying that I’m a saint, I can be touchy about some things and not about others, but it’s not possible to please everybody. Political correctness is fine but this is a chat forum…People need to vent sometimes. Sorry if I offended you. I can be judgmental and offensive in many ways. I’ve lost count of how many people I’ve offended and how many people offended me…That said, I’ll try to avoid bad words and I’m sorry for any that slipped out.
PPS: If those teenyboppers are entitled to their angsty drama and horrible sex scenes, we’re entitled to judge them. We have roamed this earth for 35+ years. We learned to tell the good sex from the bad sex and the possible sex from the impossible sex…We need a place to vent!