I need a rant

Friend: So, basically you read fictional porn?

Me: No, paranormal romance. 

Friend: So…fictional exotic porn?



Okay, okay. I get this is a genre that leaves most people feeling somewhat bemused and that’s fine, it’s not for everyone…but I must have spent about 30 minutes last night trying to explain exactly what paranormal romance is and it simply kept coming back to the phrase ‘fictional exotic porn’. It saddens me that this a genre that is mocked so openly. It’s as legitimate a genre as any other and I get so tired of the teasing I receive because of it. I just wish people could be respectful, y’know? Yeah, you don’t like it but you know what? I don’t like reading biographies. Do you hear me bitching about it? Do you hear me mocking it? No. I respect that they instill happiness and pleasure in other people if not me.

Rant over. Anyway, anyone got any exciting plans for the weekend?

11 thoughts on “I need a rant

  1. That’s so weird. I don’t read much paranormal romance, or romance in general, but I know enough about the genre to be aware there are levels. If you’re in heavy erotica territory, then, yeah, comparisons to porn might be made. But there are definitely romances that aren’t as overtly sexual. It’s such an uninformed criticism. And it’s generally obnoxious to insult other people’s reading habits anyway.

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    1. Thank you! You have perfectly worded how I feel regarding this issue. Your final sentence sums it up fantastically! I’m actually tempted to show him this entire comment to try and make him see some sense, to stop the incessant teasing. Thank you for your thoughts 🙂

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      1. I never really get the instinct to bother people about what they read. Reading’s a decent hobby, all things considered! I teach writing classes and at the start I send out a survey and one of the questions is “What do you like to do in your free time?” It’s always quite shocking that the majority of the answers are “watch TV, surf the Internet, hang out with friends.” None of those things are bad in themselves, but it’s always odd to me that so many people don’t have a hobby they’re passionate about that amounts to more than “I like hanging out and chilling.” I’d love to see some of my students say they like to read, no matter what kind of books!

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