Shannon Stacey

Readers respond…

So how do readers like it when an author trashes a genre they enjoy, insulting them in the process (which is truly bizarre since she writes in the same genre)?

Take a walk over to Jaci’s and find out.

10 comments to “Readers respond…”

  1. Demented Michelle
      · May 17th, 2005 at 1:40 pm · Link

    Well, gee I look away from five seconds and miss the raging firestorm.

    Phew, what a tempest in a teapot, it’ll be interesting to see how it shakes out.

    I think her approach sucks, but the thing that resonated with me is that she’s basically saying there are cliches in the genre and that it bothers her. She might be the rudest, most unpopular voice with that opinion, but as time goes on others are going to say kind of the same things, (just with nicer words and better communication skills). Does that make sense? I think the core issue buried underneath it all is valid.

    One clarification: She WAS condescending, but there was also something there I found interesting. Please do not aim the flamethrowers at me. :hide:

    I guess I’m coming from the cliche angle on this one, which is a valid point and something other genres struggle with. How many vampire/lycan/witch/slave/virgin stories can the erotica market support? Since, in EC’s case, it tends to be predominantly an e-market,I would guess the answer is probably more than print–reader demand and turnover is higher online (I think) so the market needs new work of the same ilk in larger numbers for longer market cycles.

    Does that make any sense? I have this weird feeling I’m not expressing myself clearly.:shrug:

    In terms of the question, what do I think as a reader? Oh I don’t know. I suppose I should be upset, but I just don’t have the energy today for it. I’m saving all my angst for work.:crazy:

    Anyways, Shannon, I have something up on my blog you might get a hoot ( :lmao: ) out of, check it out when you get the chance.


  2. Shannon
      · May 17th, 2005 at 2:25 pm · Link

    I see your point. And yes, as a lover of contemporary romantic comedy, I see the huge amount of paranormal out there, but I’m also working on a vampire series, so I hope they’re not going anywhere yet. :cheesy:

    And she might find more people willing to consider what she’s trying to say if it wasn’t couched in derision and insults. :shrug:

    And I’m on my way….

  3. Briana
      · May 17th, 2005 at 3:54 pm · Link

    You’d think the market is just glutted with paranormals but they still tend to be fan faves! I can’t say I understand it, but as a lover of paranormal romance, the numbers and variety of different stories makes me happy :)

  4. Gina
      · May 17th, 2005 at 7:13 pm · Link

    I want to thank you for posting the link to the original entry and the discussion over on Jaci’s blog too. I might have missed this entry otherwise, and after reading over the blog entry in question and the comments resulting, I am truly shocked and annoyed that one author also in the genre totally put down an entire genre that they write in themselves. Especially since it appears they aren’t standing up to defend their opinion. If you have something to say, defend it. I might have gone off a bit in my own blog as well. Thank you again.

  5. Màili
      · May 17th, 2005 at 8:37 pm · Link

    As a reader, it doesn’t bother me at all. Mostly because she’s an unknown. I know it sounds horrible, but that’s the way I see it. She’s not a “big-name” author who the media can quote to run with it. If it was, say, Thea Devine who says something like, I’d be :whip: I don’t know if that makes sense, though.


  6. Shannon
      · May 18th, 2005 at 12:44 am · Link

    I was pretty shocked by it, too, Gina, and I really thought I was getting unshockable by bitter tirades against erotic romance. I think this one got me because she writes in the genre. And then the half-ass “I didn’t mean…” :rant:

    (Oops. It’s 12:45 am, and if I get my blood pressure up I’ll be awake til 4, thinking of things I wish I’d said :crazy:)

    It makes perfect sense, Maili. :nod:

    (And I’m kind of hoping she stays unknown, too. Which, of course, we didn’t help by dragging her name across the internet and back. Which is no doubt what she was after in the first place. :doh:)

  7. Shannon
      · May 18th, 2005 at 12:45 am · Link

    I’m so glad you still love paranormals, Briana! :thumb: So’s the Vampiric Lightning Rod. :cheesy:

  8. Larissa
      · May 18th, 2005 at 8:11 am · Link

    I mentioned on Jaci’s blog that I really didn’t see the insult in the article. The author wasn’t saying that all erotica sucked, or that all readers are stupid. I took the article as tongue-in-cheek, a bit sarcastic, and maybe a bit frustrated, but I honestly didn’t see the insult there. Then again, I’m not very close to the topic. I’m not a writer of erotic romance, and although I like to read it, I’m really picky. I’m also picky about category romance, even though that’s what I write. There’s a lot of crap out there in all genres–I got the impression that the author of this article is just frustrated about the crap in hers, and she wants it fixed. :write:

  9. Shannon
      · May 18th, 2005 at 9:13 am · Link

    I definitely didn’t take it as tongue-in-cheek or sarcastic, but that’s probably pretty obvious. :nod: And of course there’s crap in every genre, but you and I just see her entry differently. :shrug: Which is cool.

  10. Amy
      · May 18th, 2005 at 10:37 pm · Link

    :eyebrow: Holy crap. Wow. That’s all I can say. Wow.

    Example 1a on the list of Things Not To Blog, especially if you want a successful writing career. Yeah, I read erotic romance, and lots of it. Yeah, I like it–obviously, since I don’t have money to burn. Yeah, I write erotic romances, too. And yeah, I was offended by that article, because she hit me on two sides.

    I’m stupid for reading/liking it, and I suck at writing it.

    Well. I read all the comments and everything she said in the apology, but whether or not she meant it, stands by it, whatever, yadayada, this is what I took away.

    1) She doesn’t like the kind of erotic romances I read.
    2) This probably means she doesn’t WRITE the kind of thing I like.
    3) I’m not running out to buy her book right this very second… or any second in the foreseeable future.

    I’m not :cursin: so much as :wtf:??? Amazing. Just utterly amazing.:???:

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