Author Alexandria Infante
This is the Teaching between Midnight and Dawn & A Lite Farie Tale Series
Today as I sat waiting for my next class to begin, I postulated the question;
“Why are Romance…near Erotic and Erotic Romance Writers treated differently as Authors?”
You ask what I mean by this.
Well…to all my authors out there…have you ever been in a conversation with someone, and you both begin to converse about what you’re working on in life, then happen to mention that you are an author?
You get this crazy way out awe from the person; they’re actually excited for you…that is until they ask what you write.
It reminds me of that music from cartoons that goes something like…whamp whamp whamp…they stare at you for several moments, gasp, then say something like,
“Wow…you write that?”
Or if you happen to be conversing with a male…they get this almost leering grin on their faces…then say some dumb shit like, “Damn…you must be pretty freaky huh?”
To which you roll your eyes heavenward, get up, and just leave them sitting there.
I even had a colleague buy my first paranormal…then do a fricken compare and contrast on my board once after class; stating that the comparisons were so analogous to me that it couldn’t just be some made up character…so in essence…I wrote about myself.
The hysterically funny part…he had the nerve to ask me out on a date afterwards.
It’s almost as if, by definition; we are branded with a scarlet A among the writing community…
As if Gandolf himself is standing there yelling,
“You Shall Not Pass!”
Inasmuch as this is true, what really gets my hackles up…is the comment,
“Can we really even take you seriously as an author?
WTF does that even mean?
I write just like you do!
Why the hell not!
And who gives them the right to say that we aren’t true writers as opposed to them?
(I swear… I’m not making this shite up ppl!).
Equally, because they do not…see us as true writers…could this be the very reason that many do not even attempt to make merriment with us? Or often times even show the smallest amount of respect for our craft as well?
In the past when I first began my writing career, I would always do the “swap thing.”
Basically, you like my author page, and I’ll like yours back.
Well as time progressed, I would find myself liking upwards of 100s of author pages on Amazon, yet the like factor was uneven it seemed.
When I began to investigate, I was shocked to find that out of the 200 author pages I had liked…a whopping 16 flippin people liked me back.
Is that some janky arse shite or what lol?
Jkjkjk…well…not really! Hahaha!
Therefore, hence I began to do an actual investigation on places like LinkedIn, Amazon, Author’s Den, ect…and the overwhelming consensus was…our supposed esteemed elite of these communities; believed that Romance authors are a Joke, and Erotic Romance writers even more.
Well needless to say, I was both shocked and appalled for several reasons, the main ones as follows;
1, Just because you write non-fiction, doesn’t give you the right to snub other writers.
2. Just because you write prose, or literary fiction, doesn’t mean that you are a better writer than I am.
3. And lastly, hey, your ass stinks just like mine…and until you win a Pulitzer…you and I are equal human beings. Likewise, even if you do win one; you are no better than me; you simply applied the task at hand better than I did.
So I began to poll in my earnest search for the truth!
Mulder swears its out there!
What do people, besides readers of Romance and Erotic Romance actually think about authors who write it?
Well la de da!
Boy did I hit the mother lode!
However, I have elected to change the names of the kind folks that posted, because I’m not trying to hurt people’s feelings, (well except for one tool who just wouldn’t stop ranting!)
:) It’s their opinions, and the great thing about America is that we are entitled to them.
However, I do feel as though some of the things they said were a bit harsh.
Yet, at the same time it is good to get feedback from the public.
The ironic part is, that most of them have the misconception that all we erotic Romance novelist do is ply them with gratuitous sex!
We have no form in our writing, our skills are nonexistent, we hardly ever have hope for any kind of a plot or goal for our writing, and our characters just aimlessly Screw the shit out of each other through the entire book!
Now this ish… I do take OFFENSE to.
We as Romance, near Erotic and Erotic authors alike need to skool them on what we truly write! We indeed have substance, heart, talent, and a driving force to write, basically everything else that a “Normal” as they put it fiction writer does Damn It!.
And lastly, if you are a reader of Romance, near Erotic and Erotic Romantic fiction; skool them mofos…because they clearly have no clue what we truly do.
I’m posting some of the comments…so Romance readers can see exactly what they assume.
Interesting dilemma, Alexandria I haven’t read your books, but clearly you have put your heart and soul into them. I think there probably is a segment of the reading public that arbitrarily rejects the “erotic” label. Probably because of a perception that “erotic” is synonymous with gratuitous sex rather than what Faulkner referred to as the “heart” vs. “glands” in his Nobel Prize address. Can an erotic novel have pretensions to art? Of course it can in the hands of a serious novelist. Think Lady Chatterley’s Lover. A marvelous novel, ahead of its time, though it would likely have been categorized “erotic” had it been written today. Now here’s a bit of irony for you to ponder. I first read this as a young teenager in the “expurgated” version. Ran into a lot of asterisks. But it had great power as a love story. Some years later, when the ban was lifted, I read the “unexpurgated” version. Maybe it was dated by then, but I found some of the dialogue (passages like “F___k a flame”) a little ridiculous. In the end, I thought the expurgated version was a better novel. What was left to the imagination was more powerful than some of the explicit passages. I think that is something for every serious novelist (such as yourself), writing in the erotic genre, to weigh carefully.
I highlighted the part where they say…A Serious Novelist…as if to say that Romance writers aren’t in the first place.
I find it difficult to take, any writer that uses ‘kinda’ ‘lil’ ‘cuz’shud’ (etc) too seriously - but, maybe, I am just an old British dinosaur ! (No offence meant)
He didn’t even comment on the post, he had to speak on the slang that I used in the post. Basically, showing us all their elitist attitude.
Not to mention, he should have tried punctuation first tee-hee.)
I think it depends. I imagine fans of the genre will take the writers seriously but there does seem to be a bit of a stigma on it. Personally, I’m not a huge fan of it. I don’t mind if there are erotic scenes in books, but in erotic novels that I’ve read, it seems that the big goal is to get two people into bed. In addition, that’s what the genre is about I know. But that’s not what I read a book for. I also think that the genre has been hampered in the past a bit by some poor writing and hackneyed or cookie cutter plots. That could be changing, things becoming more sophisticated in the genre. So I do think in the writing world in general, the genre might still be looked down a bit, but I don’t think that’s necessarily fair. It has an audience and if the writing is good, it should be as respected for what it’s supposed to be.
Lmao! at this one…like the Romance community is the only one to have as they put it; bit by some poor writing and hackneyed or cookie cutter plots. Well at least we don’t write a biography as true, then someone rats us out, and the entire world finds out that we’re a fraud.
Yeah, I gotta say Alan (yeah, that’s right, I typed “gotta”…hell not to mention “Yeah”), if offence (in America we spell it offense so you’re spelling is really upsetting my spell check) was not meant, why say it? Obviously these are informal discussions in an online chat format, not book proposals or resumes. And please, don’t get me started on British English. Much as I love things British, when I was there in the 80s, there were times I needed the Universal Translator just to understand people. After all, it wasn’t Americans who created rhyming slang. I know the British think they invented English, but they didn’t. They appropriated it from about 80 different other cultures thousands of years ago and slapped their own brand name on it when it started coming together in the form of a language. American English is just another branch of the tree.
Having said that, Alexandria, your stuff (yeah Alan, I typed “stuff”) sounds interesting. If I have a complaint with the erotic genre it’s with those books that put aside plot and character development for sex scenes. But you seem to have a pretty good balance. It’s nice to have a strong female character too. I think one of the things affecting the respectability of the genre is the Harlequin Romance sort of work which I think a lot of people think of when they think romance or erotic fiction. They do seem a bit “assembly line.” Maybe writers like you can bring some legitimacy to the genre. :)
He got serious Kudos from me, and he was hot!
As a writer of erotic stories, I can tell you from the feedback I get on Bookrix.com, people do take you seriously. Loved this discussion, it was great and full of feedback.
So guys that was just a few I thought I’d share with you.
I’ll keep you posted with updates ;)
And to my fellow Erotic writers, let’s storm the “Normal” fiction masses and show them what we can do!!! ;)
Pin Out! ;)