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message 1: by RandomAnthony (last edited Sep 29, 2010 06:02AM) (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments so I was in Borders a couple days ago and I saw this book. My head almost exploded.

http://www.guysread.com/books/month/

Listen. I am all for, of course, guys reading, and I know there's the question about whether or not a lot of guys read as they get older, etc. But I wanted to punch the editor of that book for releasing such a wussed-out, hissy-shit book that's supposedly going to motivate guys to read. It's like the editors are patting guys on the head and saying, "Look, guys! It's not that hard! Here's a book of wacky stories you can read between golf and working in the garage!"

Fuck.

Then I looked over and saw the two shelves of Romance books, and I thought women had it worse.

Then I realized I was in a bookstore filled with books of all genres and there were about fifty people in the store, about evenly split between men and women.

And then I felt better.

That is all.


message 2: by Dr. Detroit (new)

Dr. Detroit | 6031 comments Feh... Seems like a lot of wasted effort trying to get knuckledraggers to stop chasing skirt, buying power tools, and belly shooting deer in favor of actually picking up a book.

Is this supposed to serve as some sort of epiphany?


message 3: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments Hm. Epiphany might be overstating it. More like me getting pissy in a bookstore and then deciding that getting pissy wasn't worthwhile. That's progress, sadly.


Books Ring Mah Bell Then I looked over and saw the two shelves of Romance books, and I thought women had it worse.

HAHAHAH!

That made my morning.


message 5: by Phil (new)

Phil | 11694 comments I'm sure one of the 25 guys in the store was that creepy dude in the baseball cap, standing and reading in the "Erotica" section, occasionally glancing around to see if anyone is watching.

Or was that you?


message 6: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments Phil, stop following me!

(Actually, I was in downtown Milwaukee, wearing a tie, etc., killing time before the Riverside box office opened at noon.)

I'm always interested in where a bookstore places the "erotica" section. Should they place it in back, out of the way, or right in the middle of the store, so everyone can see who's checking out the soft porn?


message 7: by Phil (new)

Phil | 11694 comments I'm not following you. I was following Amelia, and you just happened to be there. Sheesh.


message 8: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments Was Amelia following me, then?


message 9: by Jim (new)

Jim | 6485 comments I believe that she was RA, as I am following Phil following Amelia.


message 10: by Phil (new)

Phil | 11694 comments Hey Jim, don't look now but isn't that Barb lurking behind you there?


message 11: by Meels (new)

Meels (amelia) (Shut up, Jim! You're blowing my cover!!)

RA, don't listen to him. I'm NOT behind you in a trench coat and sunglasses with a big floppy hat. That isn't me. *winks at Phil*

Seriously though, RA, "hissy-shit" ?


message 12: by Jim (new)

Jim | 6485 comments Sorry Amelia, I don't think this spy thing is working out for me, I blew your cover and I keep getting distracted. It's a good thing Phil is blue and wearing a top hat or I would have lost him already.


Books Ring Mah Bell *climbs on Barb's shoulders to peek, becomes distracted by book*




message 14: by Meels (last edited Sep 29, 2010 07:56AM) (new)

Meels (amelia) (I just have to say, because of the book cover thing. I'm reading David Eddings Belgaraid volume one at the minute. My dip-shit boss, as opposed to the four that I like, looks at the cover and says, "Romance novel?" Uh...no...that'd be Polgara and her 14 year old NEPHEW! Talk about cougar. So I say, "No, wizards and junk." To which he replies, "Oh, yeah, that Harry Potter lady sure made everybody want to write books about wizards." Uh, this book was copyright 1982 dumb-ass!)


message 15: by Phil (new)

Phil | 11694 comments I read Eddings new, long ago, and I remember thinking, "ah yes, inspired by Tolkien were we?"


message 16: by Phil (new)

Phil | 11694 comments ::removes top hat::


message 17: by Meels (last edited Sep 29, 2010 08:06AM) (new)

Meels (amelia) Most fantasy has at least some Tolkien identified in it. He was the father of fantasy, he can't help it!


Books Ring Mah Bell heh. NO ONE ever wrote about wizards and shit before Harry Potter!

groundbreaking stuff, that HP.


re: RED HOT...

something tells me he pulls out a hose to take care of a burning fire.

just a hunch.


message 19: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 13815 comments [image error]


message 20: by Jim (new)

Jim | 6485 comments The constant drip, drip, drip of...


message 21: by Meels (new)

Meels (amelia) Blue...interesting.


message 22: by Sandy (new)

Sandy Hyatt-James (sandyhyatt-james) Guys,what's wrong with romance? (She says, as a romance writer herself). Many romantic novels have strong stories. To give you only three entirely different examples: Doctor Zivago, The English Patient and The Twilight series. There are many, many more.
Falling in love is part of the human condition, (even men do it, so I'm told). So why do you feel that it's somehow wussy to like reading about it?


message 23: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 13815 comments There was a funny story about it when it appeared on cakewrecks. I think it was for an office party, and Walmart seriously messed it up.


message 24: by Meels (new)

Meels (amelia) Sandy, there is a difference to me between novels that have a story like Twilight, and happen to have romance as well. Then there is your typical "Romance Novel" like Jude Deveraux or Judith McNaught, two of my old roommates particular favorites. I can't read them, they are so formulaic and samey with a tendency toward over dramatization with their "throbbing members" and "heaving breasts".


message 25: by Meels (new)

Meels (amelia) My apologies if that is the kind you write...lots of people love them, billion dollar industry and all that. It's just not my thing.


message 26: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) Barb wrote: "Who doesn't love a rough thumb across a taught nipple?"

That's the best post for the day so far, Barb.


message 27: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 13815 comments While falling in love is part of the human condition, it's only part of it. I don't mind romance in the context of a plot, but I don't like many books contrived entirely around romance. I'd put Twilight in that category, actually.


message 28: by Meels (new)

Meels (amelia) I guess I was interested enough in all the rest that was going on that it didn't feel that way to me, SP. It appealed to the little Goth Girl in my soul.


message 29: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 13815 comments Fair enough.

Um, Barb. Who taught it?


message 30: by Jim (new)

Jim | 6485 comments Barb wrote: "Who doesn't love a rough thumb across a taught nipple?"

Was that a rhetorical question, or do you really want us to answer?


message 31: by Meels (new)

Meels (amelia) Jim likes a soft thumb.


message 32: by Jim (new)

Jim | 6485 comments Damn, now that secrets out too!


message 33: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca White (rebecca_white) | 1028 comments I find the title of this category interesting: "guys" and "women" and books! Of course, I guess the equivalent to "guys" is "girls" and I haven't considered myself a girl since I was bout 20. We need a casual word for grown-up females!


message 34: by Meels (new)

Meels (amelia) I'm still just a girl, in the world...


message 35: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 13815 comments Jim wrote: "Barb wrote: "Who doesn't love a rough thumb across a taught nipple?"

Was that a rhetorical question, or do you really want us to answer?"


I'm just mildly poking fun at "taught" vs. "taut"...


Books Ring Mah Bell Guys,what's wrong with romance? (She says, as a romance writer herself).

I guess it is just not my thing at ALL. I did, in full disclosure, read and LOVE THE NOTEBOOK, but it wasn't full of throbbing manswords and velvety sheaths and quivering loins...

perhaps I have not given that genre enough of a chance, but really, romance does seem to have a certain cheese formula about it.

woman, with heaving bosoms, aching to be stroked, is in distress. (maybe or maybe not about needing to be stroked)
Man, previously wounded and sour on love, comes to her rescue, with his pulsating member straining against some designer pants.
Rough thumb strokes nipple, and moist petals of her woman flower, and her distress is solved and he's in love.


Okay, so maybe not, but that's how it seems.

I have no beef for the ladies that love it. It seems like it would be nice "escape" reading. Beach stuff.

just not for me.


Books Ring Mah Bell taught nipple

Now listen up, Nipple! Here's the lesson for the day!

:)


message 38: by Phil (new)

Phil | 11694 comments Hehee. What was it taught?


message 39: by Meels (new)

Meels (amelia) To be taut, Phil.


message 40: by Jim (new)

Jim | 6485 comments Books Ring My Bell wrote: "taught nipple

Now listen up, Nipple! Here's the lesson for the day!

:)"


Do you have a nipple teaching license Bells?


message 41: by Phil (new)

Phil | 11694 comments Well, a hard man is good to find, right?


Oh -- strike that -- reverse it.


Books Ring Mah Bell YOWZA, Barb!!!


Yay Nipples!


message 43: by Sandy (new)

Sandy Hyatt-James (sandyhyatt-james) Hey, Amelia. No I don't write formulaic stuff, and I hate throbbing members and heaving bosoms, too. That's for the 'Iwantinstantdon'tgivemesubtlety' brigade.

Funny how the men haven't come on to say why they don't like Romance. Hmm - interesting.


message 44: by Dr. Detroit (new)

Dr. Detroit | 6031 comments Sandy wrote: "Hey, Amelia. No I don't write formulaic stuff, and I hate throbbing members and heaving bosoms, too. That's for the 'Iwantinstantdon'tgivemesubtlety' brigade.

Funny how the men haven't come on t..."


Maybe because most of us still haven't figured it all out yet...


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