What the Feck?! (WTF?!) is where we discuss bookish topics that had us thinking WTF?! while reading a book, talking to others in the book community or book news. Stop by on Mondays for new topics.
What are you reading?
So a few weeks ago I was sitting in the waiting room, waiting on my car to get serviced. (Which I was there from 8am to after 2pm but that’s a different story and subject.) Luckily I had my Kindle with me and I got a book read with all that waiting time.
For the most part, I kept my head down reading while I waited. Not making eye contact because I was engrossed in my book. Then an elderly woman sat down next to me (even thought there were plenty of empty seats and she could have given us an empty chair buffer between us, again another issue for a different time.)
See her out of the corner of my eye looking at me. I think, what, is she just going to stare at me or is she trying to read what I’m reading. She looks back at her phone then looks back at me. Then comes the question, what are you reading. I tell her, THEN CAME YOU by Jill Shalvis. She then tells me she’s not heard of the book or author. I tell her it’s a romance.
Then I get the judgmental look and she says, “Well, at least you are reading.” REALLY?! I almost cussed an old woman out. REALLY?! At least I’m reading. I wish I had told her it was erotica to see the look of scandal on her face.
Then she starts talking about books and authors she likes to read. Thrillers, mysteries, etc. I told her, “Oh I don’t read that kind of books.” It did it as rude as I could. (Now I’m not judging people that read those genres. I actually have some on my TBR but because she was all judgy with my romance book I wanted to be bitchy back.)
She starts to tell me about one of her favorite books (I don’t remember what the title was cuz I was halfway listening to her). She warns me that it has some “bad” language in it and little trashy parts (sex) but it’s nothing perverted.
Trashy, perverted…. REALLY? Oh, could I have really gotten her by telling her that I read BDSM and other hardcore “perverted” books?
She finally asked me if I’ve read Nora Roberts (I’m sure this is the only romance author’s name she knew.) I told her no I have not but I have her crime mystery series on my TBR and I’ve heard it’s really good. She was shocked that Nora Roberts, a romance writer, wrote “quality” books. When I told her that Roberts wrote the series under another name, J.D. Robb, she gasped. “I love that series.” Yep, you old judgmental crone, that series is written by a romance author so SUCK IT.
There’ve been tons of articles like Men, stop lecturing women about reading romance novels and other posts about the romance genre and how people judge the readers of the genre. Have you ever been judged because you read romances?
**What the Feck will be on break for the month of August as we bring your STOMP vs ROMP for the 3rd year but will be back in September**