Monday, June 06, 2005

More RWA

I don't have time today to write about RWA's new graphical standards issue, so here's a link to a very good blog that has more info. Last week someone told me she didn't want to read the love scene excerpt from THE COBRA & THE CONCUBINE because she didn't want to read "porno." I was pretty pissed off (oh dear did I say "pissed?") because she prejudged my work without even reading one word. That scene doesn't even have sex in it. It's a critical scene because it's where Kenneth begins to break down Badra's fear of making love.

The Merriam-Webster dictionary definition of porno is “the depiction of erotic behavior (as in pictures or writing) intended to cause sexual excitement.” It’s explicit sexual writing for the sake of nothing more than sexual stimulation. The same dictionary defines romance as “a love story.”

It was one thing to hear that I write porno from a woman who was ignorant of the romance genre. It’s another to see that the very organization I belong to is saying the books I write for one publisher and their dust jackets lie along those lines as well. The very organization I belong to that is supposed to advocate romance writing is setting "standards" of what is unacceptable. I'll write more on this later...

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