Well, why not? It hasn’t been outlawed … yet.
Greetings! SASS here, peeking her head out for something a bit special. Something that is a bit out of my speed and my lane, as it comes to this blog. I’ve decided that on the last week of each month, I’m going to do a bit of a round table, ask a question, and have people speak on it. For now, I’ve reached out to some of my fellow AAPH people to sound off. However, if it picks up steam, I may open it up a bit more to the general public. Let’s see how things unfold.
Okay, now let’s get to the introductions.
and last, but absolutely not least:
Thanks so much for stopping by on this Round Table. Inquiring minds want to know the answer to this question:
What is a current trend in writing that you feel is ridiculous, dumbs down the literary world as a whole, or just shouldn’t be a trend?
I’m going to let the MG known as Y. Correa go first.
My pet peeve in writing is the “Non-Artistic Approach.“
Y., I’m definitely going to have you return at some point to give more detail about that Romancing the Words spiel, maybe in the next month or so. That is about the time you’re to have a new release, so that will be on point. Interested? You know the email.
Now, on to The Royal One, Queen of Spades. Same question.
First off, Da’Kharta, thanks so much for having me. One of my pet peeves, and something which is trending, is what I deem “The Flurry of Filler.” Although it is probably happening in other genres, it seems prevalent in the realm of contemporary fiction. Some writers obsess over meeting a certain word count, and it’s like they run out of things to put in the manuscript. As a result, certain details may be put in a work that really have no place in the overall story.
I feel that it’s better to provide fullness to the existing characters, or come up with information that may be central to the conflict. In addition, it is just better to leave words out rather that clutter the narrative. Too much clutter is like taking detours to get to one’s destination: sure, you will eventually get there but if you are taking a detour that is unfamiliar, it is easy to get lost along the way. If an author has to second guess whether a sentence, paragraph, or even a whole scene should be included, then it’s best that the content be taken out.
Always to the point. Very appreciative, Miss Queen. Now, Desire you have the floor.
Thanks Da’Kharta! I am bothered by the fact that although erotica is (by all accounts) contemporary, it, too, is being forced in a mainstream box. The formula for the cover is typically a super gorgeous guy, female or a combination of one or both sexes, either standing or posing suggestively. Then, fancy font and in some cases, a catch phrase.
I thought the purpose of erotica was for the reader to use his or her imagination for the fantasy. For me, when I see a picture of a person on the cover of an erotica, I get annoyed. I feel like the author is shoving this image in my face, naming it the face of ecstasy and expecting me to buy it. This just advocates the theory that everyone’s image of what is hot and sexy is the same, and that is not necessarily true.
In addition, there’s this underlying thought process that the object of desire has to be unattainable. Therefore, the average Joe Blow or Amy From Next Door shouldn’t dare to seek the person on the cover. Yet, at the same token, the very same Joe Blow or Amy From Next Door, sadly, is the one who is going to pick up the erotica works. Does the person who is already super gorgeous going to read a book about someone who is like them and who they probably have already? Maybe, maybe not.
I don’t like this being a trend. Unfortunately, unless there is a large enough audience willing to take erotica in different packaging, I don’t see this going away any time soon.
As always, Desire … never at a loss for words! I didn’t know you were a Batman fan. Now, it’s time for a Man’s perspective: Adonis Mann.
I’m sick and damn tired of “Non-erotic Erotica.” That’s my thought and I’m sticking to it.
Apathetic, monotonous, and redundant! Try saying that three times fast. Adonis, a delight! Don’t be a stranger.
Before chiming in with my thorny thoughts, let’s hear from C. Desert Rose.
All right! So what is my sixty-six cents on this question?
All right! Looks like that’s a wrap everyone. Once again, giving props to C. Desert Rose, Adonis Mann, Synful Desire, Queen of Spades, and Y. Correa.