If you know me at all… you know that I am an avid reader. I read and listen to books every day without fail.
Even on the day I had my operation, I was reading hooked up to a morphine pump in the hospital room.
You know that I am a lover of Paranormal Romance, especially in the vampiric vein, so to speak.
Nothing gets my heart beating faster than a tall, dark vampire hero!
Okay, before I get started with my post, I know those of you will vehemently disagree with me.
So, for the record, let me state this…
I definitely don’t begrudge anyone their 50 Shades of Grey.
That is not my vexation or angst.
My chagrin is that I have a policy to read a book cover to cover. The past several books I have started on my blessed Kindle, I have had to put down because the writing bothered me.
The story troubled me so much that this morning, after I closed my Kindle on yet another book characterized as a romance, I wanted to write why my coveted policy is being abandoned.
I thought romance was attraction, friendship, wooing, a little intrigue, heroism (both hero and heroines) and danger in the mix, but most of all, in the end it was about… LOVE!
However, what I believe to be romance is not the case in all books classified as romance.
I feel some romance novels are based or about meanness, possession, domination, callousness… and then – oh by the way – I love you, if you obey me?
What the heck? Exsqueeze me? Baking Powder? (borrowed phrases from one of my fav movies, Wayne’s World.)
This is my way of stating that I feel in my heart that romance is not a one-way street – my way or the highway, so to speak.
However, romance is different for all of us – some want friendship and romance that turns into love, and some want dominance and chains that melt into love.
Hmm, I was curious and looked to the definition of romance.This is what Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary stated:
a (1) : a medieval tale based on legend, chivalric love and adventure, or the supernatural (2) : a prose narrative treating imaginary characters involved in events remote in time or place and usually heroic, adventurous, or mysterious (3) : a love story especially in the form of a novel
b : a class of such literature
I am vexed – the books I have shut off my Kindle all have romance in the description. I am not saying that they are wrong.
I will just have to do more research before hitting the “Buy it in 1-click” button on Amazon. No one’s fault but my own.
what’s your definition of romance?
Lots of love,
March 8, 2015 | Categories: Paranormal Romance, REVIEW, Uncategorized | Tags: Amazon, Amazon Kindle, Arts, Author, Book, Books, Emily Guido, light bearer, Light-Bearer Series, Literature, Love, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, The Light-Bearer Series, Vampire, Vampires, Young-adult fiction | 25 Comments
Long before I wrote The Light-Bearer Series, I was an avid reader.
As a girl, I would climb the Dogwood Tree outside my bedroom window, read and listen to my transistor radio.
My penchant was for paranormal from the beginning… especially Dracula!
When I became older, I found Goodreads. I gave reviews on books that I liked and related to.
I would never publicly give a review on a book that I didn’t like. If I didn’t like the book, I would write the Author and comment. I never got a response that wasn’t welcomed. Many Authors like to talk to their readers. Unbeknownst to me, I would be an Author one day and think the same thing.
When I wrote The Light-Bearer Series, I couldn’t get anyone to read my books… not even family or friends… NO ONE!
I didn’t know about Social Media, i.e. blogs, Facebook Fan Page, Twitter, Tumbler… etc.
A kind Angel (one of many Angels I will encounter as an Author) saw my personal Facebook post that I couldn’t get anyone to read my books, and she took pity on me. My books were unedited and rough. She became the Beta Reader every aspiring Author needs. She gave me great advice.
After that, The Light-Bearer Series started to be read, and I would devour all my reviews.
Naturally, I would get a dismayed when my books would be criticized. I’m talking about the good criticism. The reviewers who respected their position as critic and my position as writer. Don’t get me wrong, constructive criticism I will take in a heartbeat!
However, when I would have a review that was unnecessarily harsh, derogatory and severe… it felt like someone stuck a knife in my belly and twisted it. The reviewers were operating more on the scale of cyber-bullying. Believe me, I have had them. Each one hurt me deeply because they ripped me up.
So, for my mental health and the good of my writing, I don’t read reviews anymore. Unless, it’s a Beta Reader with suggestions, corrections, and comments. The nasty, hateful and downright uncalled for reviewers, have made me quit reading reviews, period.
I do not want to become an Author who writes to suit the reviewers and not my story. When I write The Light-Bearer Series, I have to keep my vision clear.
There is a Cardinal Law in the Author playbook: NEVER RESPOND TO ANY REVIEWER! Under no circumstances, do I respond.
If the review was Slander and Libelous, (which I have had, by the way) then I dial my Publisher, and he handles it!
If you are an Author, how do you handle reviews?
If you are a reader, how do you write your reviews?
Lots of love, Emily
January 22, 2015 | Categories: REVIEW, Uncategorized | Tags: Amazon, Amazon Kindle, Arts, Author, Book, Books, Emily Guido, PDMI Publishing, The Light-Bearer Series, Vampires, Young-adult fiction | 23 Comments