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Jul 08, 2014 03:26PM

34844 Also individual authors adopt or develop their own tropes. If not tropes, certain motifs will appear and reappear in a mature author's work. John Irving for example. Joseph Hansen. Pretty much anyone with a body of work behind them, right? Anyone who writes a lot and is consciously exploring certain themes and issues will revisit the same tropes and motifs. Some will be more obvious than others. A fixation with death, for example.

Probably because everyone is writing first and foremost for themselves.
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Jul 08, 2014 03:18PM

34844 Sure!

There are tropes and there are tropes. All genre fiction contains tropes. And tropes continue ever popular and commercial because they resonate with a lot of readers. My secret baby cowboy. Or whatever. We all have tropes we find tiresome and tropes we continue to love.

I think sometimes people complain about "trope" when they are actually bothered by the constructs of the genre. Like authors who complain about the "trope" of happy endings in category romance.

Er... this is like saying you are tired of the trope of someone investigating a crime in a mystery novel.

What you are often really fighting there is someone who wants to write exactly the book they want to write -- literary fiction, for example -- but somehow sell it to a more commercially lucrative segment of readership, such as romance or mystery readers.

Sometimes authors confuse their desire to sell lots of books with restrictions on what they can write. In fact, there are NO restrictions as to what you can write. ZERO. But selling a lot of books will always depend on writing something a lot of people want to read.

And that is very often the deal breaker. :-)
Jul 08, 2014 02:01PM

34844 Idamus wrote: "Josh wrote: "Karen wrote: "For me, Think of England was a delightful read. KJ is on my (short) auto-buy list now. I find her writing to be intelligent and engaging."

Wait. So have you ALL already ..."


But that's good! We want at least a couple of us reading for the first time.
Jul 08, 2014 01:57PM

34844 Karen wrote: "For me, Think of England was a delightful read. KJ is on my (short) auto-buy list now. I find her writing to be intelligent and engaging."

Wait. So have you ALL already read it?! :-D
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Jul 08, 2014 01:54PM

34844 Joanna wrote: "Also, speaking of blog posts, did anyone else read Jamie Fessenden's excellent piece? (Apologies if has already been discussed earlier in thread)

http://jamiefessenden.com/2014/06/28/......"


Thanks for sharing that, Joanna. How refreshing to hear from someone not afraid to acknowledge the slash fic antecedents of male/male romance.

A billion years ago BC when I published with the now defunct Gay Men's Press, their mega-star was a female writer publishing under a male pen name. (It was one of those "secrets" that everyone knew. ;-) )

At that time I was unaware of fan fiction, but it was instantly obvious to me that there was something very different about this author, and that that difference (which was NOT her gender but a certain sensibility in her writing) made her enormously popular with both male and female readers. She outsold everybody else -- including the guys just writing plain old porn.


In fact, looking back, she might be the reason I first became interested in fan fiction. And when I stumbled into male/male publishing I was startled -- and yet it instantly made sense -- when I realized how many publishers and authors had started out in fan fiction.

Now of course the genre has evolved and you have many authors coming from all different literary traditions. And all kinds of publishers -- though still primarily digital first -- are willing to work with authors of male/male fiction.

The genre is expanding and changing -- which is wonderful -- but I think it is important not to forget or dismiss what initially began as a fascinating and transgressive underground literary movement.
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Jul 08, 2014 01:22PM

34844 Anne wrote: "Ame wrote: "Josh wrote: "Ame wrote: "Josh wrote: "Alison wrote: "Ame wrote: "We are all so hung up on sex. It's everwhere and anywhere and we are constantly guilted about. Straight men with low sex..."

Exactly. And especially frightening for young people who are so intense in their first attachments. The first time your heart is broken, it honestly does feel like no recovery will be possible.

And then you turn 14.

;-)
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Jul 08, 2014 12:23PM

34844 Joanna wrote: "Josh wrote: "Alison wrote: "Ame wrote: "We are all so hung up on sex. It's everwhere and anywhere and we are constantly guilted about. Straight men with low sex drive get taunted and told that ther..."

It is well-written and thoughtful. I enjoyed reading it. You know me, I love a debate. :-)
Jul 08, 2014 11:38AM

34844 We can go for Think of England. Maybe I'm leery because I am a very hard to please mystery reader and KJ pops up now and then in the group. But I like what I've seen of her work so far, so this might be a good one.
Jul 08, 2014 11:34AM

34844 It is so godawful hot here right now. And I lost five plants two weeks ago when I got over-aggressive in my feeding them. :-( Lost a beautiful climbing miniature rose I'd had for two years, among other things.
Jul 08, 2014 11:33AM

34844 Sabine wrote: "This day is for me the day of the death dove or about a ceiling.
There was a big waterspot on the ceiling of my office and water was dripping on my computer.I called the landlord. The answer was “B..."


:-(

Oh no!
Jul 08, 2014 11:32AM

34844 Johanna wrote: "Josh wrote: "Audiobook"

I hope it's the Snowball in Hell! Say yes?! ;-)"


Alexander did a *terrific* job with Snowball. I know you guys are going to love it.

AND Max Miller did his best work yet in The Dark Farewell. He blew me away with that one. I'm so impressed.
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Jul 08, 2014 11:29AM

34844 Ame wrote: "Josh wrote: "Alison wrote: "Ame wrote: "We are all so hung up on sex. It's everwhere and anywhere and we are constantly guilted about. Straight men with low sex drive get taunted and told that ther..."

This is all true.

And most dangerous of all is the idea that there can only be one true perfect love for us and that this love should last a lifetime.

This is the greatest romantic ideal of all -- and it is sadly one of the most wrong-headed.
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Jul 08, 2014 11:27AM

34844 Anne wrote: "Josh wrote: "Alison wrote: "Ame wrote: "We are all so hung up on sex. It's everwhere and anywhere and we are constantly guilted about. Straight men with low sex drive get taunted and told that ther..."

Well, gosh yes! And you can have books by middle-aged and senior authors who also clearly do not -- never did -- get out into the real world enough.
Jul 08, 2014 11:23AM

34844 Jordan wrote: "Varecia wrote: "Jordan wrote: "As I've been using it on Amazon for the last few minutes, I've made some changes, and I took out the cliffhanger in favor of whether it's part of a series or not. I a..."

Yes. I think rape is pretty clear cut. But non-con seems to have more possible gray areas? I know I've heard readers debate whether something was genuinely non-con or not, so there must be shades.
Jul 08, 2014 11:17AM

34844 KC wrote: "Jordan wrote: "I have a question about book reviews. I saw that Angela James was creating a really easy form to fill out and I, not being one to write many reviews at all, rather like this approach..."

I increasingly hear the term "cliffhanger" used to describe an ongoing story line or series story arc. :-D
Jul 08, 2014 11:14AM

34844 Jordan wrote: "As I've been using it on Amazon for the last few minutes, I've made some changes, and I took out the cliffhanger in favor of whether it's part of a series or not. I added "personal thoughts" to the..."

I think that's an interesting idea and might encourage reviews that are more helpful to other readers (maybe even helpful to authors -- though I know that's not the purpose of reviews).
Jul 08, 2014 08:26AM

34844 Idamus wrote: "Shower

Iced tea

Music

Books

A day without rain"


And I would be writing A DAY WITH RAIN.

I love how diverse our experiences are -- right down to five things we love within 24 hours.
Jul 08, 2014 08:25AM

34844 Audiobook
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Jul 08, 2014 08:24AM

34844 Becky wrote: "It's a release day for me. Eeee!! ::does Snoopy style happy dance::

It never stops being exciting. :D

Dream For Me by Becky Black"


Congratulations, Becky.
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Jul 08, 2014 08:24AM

34844 thelastaerie wrote: "UK professional writers' earnings dropped 29% since 2005:
http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014...

From the article, it's more to do with mainstream publis..."


You can only split the pie so many ways.


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