All about that action, boss.
- Jan 17, 2013
- Reaction score
- The Seattle suburbs
Critique can and should happen from the inside of every genre community. I write at the opposite end of the spectrum--erotic and high heat romance--and boy, have we been through years of conversation (both within and outside of the genre) and shifting the norms on consent and abuse. As for At Love's Command, I have seen some excellent commentary and breakdowns on this book's shortcomings from people who are definitely spiritually Christian (including yours). Ron Hogan, who is a long-standing blogger with deep roots in the romance blogging and general internet community, and who, I think (?) identifies himself as Quaker, has done two detailed twitter threads (including references to specific scripture): one here, the other here. I found them very thoughtful and well-argued.Books like this are what gives conservative a bad name… I’m conservative, and extremely so, and my posts in this thread show what I think of this.
My anger is most definitely reserved for those I consider writing professionals (writers, editors, publishers, book reviewers) doubling, tripling, quadrupling down in defense of this author and this plot device by basically saying critics are bullying, haven't read the book, don't understand, are holier than thou, etc. There has been a scarcity of public self-critique from within the "Inspirational" Romance writer community once again, and since this isn't the first time, it just means a lot more people have run out of patience with the defensive reaction.