There’s a troll on the internet! I know, we’re all so shocked by this. In response to Jami Gold’s post yesterday, I happened to go look up said troll because, hey, I admit that Author Behaving Badly stories are kind of like train wrecks. You just can’t help but look. This one was another idiot detractor of romance as a genre, who declared its popularity unfathomable and claimed the content was barely above that of children’s books. It’s not like these opinions are new. Romance has had detractors since its inception. Romance will always have detractors. But I confess, I read this post and I saw red. My brain immediately filled with the bitterest of insulting vitriol as a response to this man.
Fortunately, I had to be out of town for the afternoon for work, so I didn’t actually MAKE any of that response. No doubt some of the 100 odd people who popped up to comment probably made my points for me without the need for me to get involved, even though the poster himself deleted any comment he didn’t like, while making responses such as this jewel:
I don’t have the time, nor the inclination to deal with a pack of throw-away housewives [emphasis mine] who still sit around thinking about romance like a 13-year old girl. You can do that if you want to, but do it away from me. I like women, not little girls. I think you’ll find most men in the upper half of the IQ spectrum feel the same way, as do most women.
Yeah, good like finding any actual women, since you think so little of our sex. You do a great disservice to both our gender and your own. And given your consistent restatement of your thesis and failure to support it with a single relevant example (renaming anything that is deemed “good” from traditional literature as something other than romance–my college freshmen make better arguments than that), I can’t see that you’ve provided any evidence that you actually DO belong to the upper half of the IQ spectrum, so really, you don’t know whereof you speak.
Really, there’s no point in any of us getting involved because no amount of reason or logic is going to sway his ill-informed opinion. There’s this widely held belief that the answer to prejudice is education. Actually, psychologically, that doesn’t hold true (most of the time). No amount of erudite argument pointing out his fallacies of thought is going to change his grunting Neanderthal attitudes (since it’s obvious from his entirely unflattering profile picture and the statements he makes on said profile he actually IS a Neanderthal). However, for some truly enlightening discussion of the issue, check out this post over at Promantica (and do read the comments–they reiterated several that were made and deleted over on the original post).