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If you're out of step, I am too. I have so much rage at the books you mention. The Crossfire series?????? Really????? I can't even think about it I start to get so angry. I won't do Beautiful Bastard, I won't do Real, I won't do Tangled. Just won't. I know enough about my taste to know to just walk away. I don't get why these books are so freakin' popular. Makes me sad.
Heidi Hart 9 years ago
Me, too. :(
SilverThistle 9 years ago
REAL??? For real?!!! Jeeze, there's something wrong with people if that made the list. I just don't even.... urg, I have not the words.

Did you see Litchick's wrap up of it? That says it all really....

http://litchick.booklikes.com/post/675062/we-made-it
Heidi Hart 9 years ago
Yes, I saw that. I think I like Litchick's ragequits even better than the books she loves. Sometimes I think instead of DNFing so many books I hate, I should just eviscerate them with snark the way she does, but she has such a huge following (and apparently a fiance with whom she can share the sheer awfulness), whereas I would mostly just be suffering alone, and where's the fun in that?
My Reading Nook 9 years ago
I've read 3 of these 5...although I didnt HATE them, I wouldn't put any of them in a BEST OF list. Who is voting? I do think that the genre is changing and not in very good ways. :/
SilverThistle 9 years ago
Surely there are better, more popular romances than those? Or are people just not voting much? I didn't, it's true...but still :D
My Reading Nook 9 years ago
I voted for other books that didnt make the semifinals lol. The ppl who love these books are the loudest and vote the most. You even see that with the reviews on GR. Many ppl who don't love a book, don't review it...especially with the recent GR policies.
I have no idea how GR even comes up with these choices. None of the choices for Romance are even remotely appealing to me. I voted for the only M/M book listed, which wasn't quite as bad as the other options.
Heidi Hart 9 years ago
I have no idea how GR picked the nominees. Their "rules and eligibility" blurb just says "We analyze statistics from the 250 million books added, rated, and reviewed on the site in 2013 to nominate 15 books in each category. Opening round official nominees must have an average rating of 3.50 or higher." Then in the first round, you have an option to write in nominees, and the top 5 write ins get added to the semifinals, for a total of 20 semifinalist. -But there must be way more than 15 romance books that had an average rating of more than 3.5, so who knows how they picked the nominees. It does undermine my faith in humanity that these books are SO popular.
Last year, Fifty Shades Freed (book 3 of FSoG) won for best romance. This is the book in which they talk about the fetus liking sex already...

I don't put any stock in these awards.
SilverThistle 9 years ago
Yuck.
Heidi Hart 9 years ago
Thank you for that healthy dose of perspective. Wow.
My Reading Nook 9 years ago
Wait...I read that book and don't remember fetuses and sex. Although I do try NOT to think too much about the FSoG trilogy after I finished it.
Towards the end, when Edward and Bella, I mean, Ana and Christian have sex, and she's preggers with the 2nd one (IIRC), the baby does some backflips, and Ana says something about the baby liking sex already. Or maybe that part was only in the fanfic, but I could have sworn it was mentioned in the reviews...
Heidi Hart 9 years ago
I'm no help. I only got about a third of the way through FSoG (book 1) before I had to go scrub out my eyeballs with lye soap. I never made it to books 2 or 3.
My Reading Nook 9 years ago
My book club read it for comic relief and to see what all the hype was about. It was a great discussion because we just tore it to shreds and laughed a lot. If not for the book club I wouldnt have read them at all.
Tackling Mt. TBR 9 years ago
I didn't bother voting and have basically wrote off the entire awards fiasco as something I don't want to be a part of. I'm also out of touch with romance if this is what the genre is now.
It's a popularity contest for crappy books.
My Reading Nook 9 years ago
^^^You said it!
Haha, I put up a post yesterday saying the exact same thing. In the first round I had all write-ins. Yeah, none of them made the semis. I have only read 2 of the books that are up for voting and I'm not voting for them because they weren't good! In my post I questioned my "with-it-ness" too.
Heidi Hart 9 years ago
Yeah, Tangled, Beautiful Bastard, and Real were all HUGELY misogynistic. I don't get it. I don't get that these books are written by women, about women, for women, and yet have such anti-woman themes and messages. -And women readers apparently eat them up and beg for more. What is wrong with people?!
My Reading Nook 9 years ago
We all read the old 70s and 80s bodice rippers...they were grossly misogynistic and "rapetastic" and we are leaning toward that again, I think. Some ppl -- many women -- wouldnt know misogyny if it slapped them in the face. :( In this genre I've let a lot slide, some things more than others. Not that I don't notice it, I just don't let it get me all that riled up unless it's REALLY bad. For instance, I laughed when I read Tangled. I think I gave it a 3.5-4 rating. I didn't take Drew seriously because he was a terrible asshat. But I wouldnt have rec'd that book to my niece who is 18. What about younger women reading this crap? That's my ?...I think young women and teens reading this stuff might think that what they see in these books is what they should expect in their life...the alpha-hole in real life is not a good thing in the least.
Heidi Hart 9 years ago
My frustration with the misogyny in new books is a lot different from the old skool rapetastic bodice rippers. I make no apologies for the bodice rippers -- that "forced seduction" shit was fucked up -- but you could never mistake those alphole "heroes" for a potential boyfriend in real life: they were pirates or brigands or highwaymen in lands far, far, far away and centuries removed in time. I find the misogyny in new stuff MUCH more disturbing because they are contemporaries with a much more realistic setting, and the line between fantasy and reality is far less clear. In Tangled, Drew used his position as the "golden boy" at his firm to do pretty much whatever he wanted to woo (and then win back) Kate, who was a brand new associate with much less pull at her job. At one point, Kate asks him to leave her alone and threatens to complain to the boss, and he smugly reminds her that the boss is his dad or uncle or something, and that the other boss is his godfather, so isn't she screwed? It was a totally skeevy, inappropriate power dynamic that screamed WORKPLACE SEXUAL HARASSMENT, and I worry that women read this and eat it up as fantasy and then may tolerate it in real life when what they ought to do is get a GODDAMN RESTRAINING ORDER.