Social networking for romance readers
A US writer of science fiction and fantasy has launched a scathing attack on romance novels. Cale McCaskey, who describes himself on his blog profile as a "sexy, single, white male" claims that romance novels are "purposely meant to be a lessor work." "If an author classifies their own story as romance, that tells me that even they don't think much of it," writes McCaskey in his blog, dated 18th January. "That being the case, neither should we."
McCaskey blames the sales success of romantic fiction in the US partly on the "50% illiteracy rate" and argues that there is a difference between love stories and romance novels. "If a romance story were that good, it would no longer be referred to as romance, but would instead simply be known as drama or literary fiction or a classic love story," he writes. "I think it's safe to say that no Ivy League school will ever teach out of romance novels as part of the curriculum."
McCaskey has a Paypal donate button on his blog as well as a penchant for double entendre. Romantic fiction fans aren't likely to be lining up to press any of his buttons.
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