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What the Feck (WTF): YES I’m reading a Romance…. SO?!

Posted July 28, 2014 by Jennifer in What the Feck | | 32 Comments

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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.

Judgmental A-Wholes:

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**

 


What the Feck (WTF): Where’s Your TSTL Line?

What the Feck (WTF): Where’s Your TSTL Line?

Posted July 21, 2014 by Jonetta in What the Feck | 9 Comments

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.   Where’s Your TSTL Line?       You’ve seen this abbreviation before, right? It’s typically assigned to a heroine or major female character in a story where there’s an element of danger or risk and she does something to be labeled Too Stupid To Live.   Now, when that label gets assigned is probably debatable, depending on a reader’s tolerance. Some may dole it out after one serious misstep, others after a continuing pattern of behavior.   In the romantic suspense genre, we often see male protagonists who […]


What the Feck (WTF): “Insta-Love” – Does it Work in  Romantic Suspense?

What the Feck (WTF): “Insta-Love” – Does it Work in Romantic Suspense?

Posted July 14, 2014 by Jonetta in What the Feck | 9 Comments

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.   “Insta-Love” – Does it Work in Romantic Suspense??     Many romance readers I know aren’t fans of the “insta-love” trope, where the main characters meet and fall in love pretty quickly. Generally, that intolerable time frame seems to be a week or less. It could be a little more time than that but…you get the idea.   I’ve never given it much thought unless the story seemed to rush the relationship. Then it’s all about a breakdown in the plot and storyline. If I’m being carried away […]


What the Feck (WTF): Thrills vs. Chills – More Romance or Suspense?

What the Feck (WTF): Thrills vs. Chills – More Romance or Suspense?

Posted July 7, 2014 by Jonetta in What the Feck | 10 Comments

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.   Thrills or Chills   More Romance or Suspense?   As July is for romantic suspense, WTF will address topics related to that subject for the rest of the month.   I love romantic suspense because I get my two favorite genres combined. I cut my reading teeth on mysteries and only recently (last four years) started reading romance after discovering so many writers who are good at it. I think Nora Roberts (thrills) was the first author I read in this genre upon my return (Montana Sky). Somewhere […]


What the Feck (WTF): Let’s Talk History Eras in Romance.

What the Feck (WTF): Let’s Talk History Eras in Romance.

Posted June 30, 2014 by Jennifer in What the Feck | 7 Comments

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. History Eras: Which ones would make great Paranormal Romances?   While reading Jenn Bennett’s Roaring Twenties series (which is fabulous!) I got to thinking why hasn’t anyone else written about this era in PNR yet? I’m sure someone has but this is my first time reading it. The 20s was a big era in American history. There was sex, violence and women were starting to get a bit of freedom. It’s a very exciting time to read about. There are more eras in American or even World history that needs to […]


What the Feck (WTF): Audio Apps. What’s out there and how to use them.

What the Feck (WTF): Audio Apps. What’s out there and how to use them.

Posted June 23, 2014 by Jennifer in What the Feck | 18 Comments

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. Audiobook Apps. An audiobook junkie’s best friend. Here are the apps I use. These are all iPhone apps and may look different on Android phones. Audible.com   Audible’s app is my favorite to use because it’s very user friendly. Your downloaded (on Device) library is easy to navigate. Controls are easy to find and use. You can choose your narration speed.                             You can even get social with your Audible app. It’s easy to share what you’re […]


What the Feck (WTF): How has audiobook listening changed your lifestyle?

What the Feck (WTF): How has audiobook listening changed your lifestyle?

Posted June 16, 2014 by Jonetta in What the Feck | 27 Comments

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.   How has audiobook listening changed your lifestyle? As June is for audiobooks, WTF will address topics related to that subject for the rest of the month.   Years ago, I only listened to audiobooks for long distance road trips when I traveled solo. It was quite often as my husband and I lived in different cities, five hours driving time apart. For about two years I was on the road once a month and audiobooks were my salvation.     That was before the introduction of iPods, iPads […]


What the Feck (WTF): Top Audio Recommendations

What the Feck (WTF): Top Audio Recommendations

Posted June 9, 2014 by Jennifer in What the Feck | 14 Comments

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. Jennifer’s Top Audio Recommendations     Paranormal Romance Immortals After Dark series by Kresley Cole, narrated by Robert Petkoff Naked Werewolf series by Molly Harper, narrated by Amanda Ronconi   Contemporary Romance Kowalski Family series by Shannon Stacey, narrated by Lauren Fortgang (all but one) FBI/US Attorney series by Julie James, narrated by Karen White   Erotic Romance The Professional by Kresley Cole, narrated by Kimberly Alexis Crossfire series by Sylvia Day, narrated by Jill Redfield Mastered series by Lorelei James, narrated by Rachel Vivette, Luke Daniels   Urban Fantasy Elemental Assassin […]