Would you like some cheese to go with that whine?

There’s an interesting discussion going around the blogs about the quality (or lack thereof) of romance novels, formulaic vs. not, cutting edge/fresh vs. not, etc. Some readers and reviewers are bemoaning these things, some writers becoming a hair defensive, etc. And the consensus seems to be that if writers would put their hearts into their books and just “get better”, there would be better offerings.

This, to me, seems a bit like the age-old adage “there’s nothing good on TV.” So which came first–bad offerings or consumer trends? I don’t watch “Dancing with the American Idol Kardashians,” but plenty of you out there must. I don’t read secret baby/sheik/Greek tycoon books either, but someone does.

I’m not saying that the readers who frequent Dear Author, for example, aren’t truly looking for good stuff to devour. Of course they are! But do they represent the millions of romance buyers nationwide, worldwide? Nah, I don’t think so.

The truth it, publishing is a business, and when a genre (or formula) stops selling, the publishing houses will stop offering it. Not before. Don’t blame (all) writers for not being creative. Many of them are moving on to other genres, where they have a better shot at selling a fresh idea!

Or do you totally disagree???

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