Let’s All Stop Shaming Women Who Read Romance

Right on and then some!

Romance and Chocolate

So This Happened. As you can imagine, I was not amused. Several other writers (like Zoe York, far more prominent than I am) were not amused either. Then in a business proposal I saw this as a list of genres:

  • Mystery
  • Thriller
  • Crime
  • Speculative
  • Literary
  • Horror
  • Paranormal
  • Historical
  • Trashy Romance

Trashy romance. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard that phrase. Or sappy romance. Or just a romance. Stupid, silly, cheap romance too. I expect to hear those phrases from people outside the romance world. But I also hear them – as in this case – from writers of romance.

def2d-quotestarry“Here’s a stupid romance, and it’s perfect for you,” said no romance writer ever. Except when they do.

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