December 19th, 2008

What do straight women know about gay men?

Running Press is launching a new mass market historical romance line featuring gay romantic fiction written primarily by and for straight women, which the publisher called a growing market. Shelf Awareness says, “The books feature plots "ripe with forbidden love, exotic locations and sensual leading men. Because the books are modeled on romance novels, not gay erotica, they are geared toward the romance sections of bookstores, not the erotica sections.”

I just wonder if straight women writing about gay men really know what they are talking about. I mean if you look at most porn, which is usually scripted by men for men, what the actresses find enjoyable and what real women would find enjoyable seem to be very different things.



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The Newbery debate spills over into the public

The Washington Post covers the ongoing debate about whether the Newbery books are accessible. “Now the literary world is debating the Newbery's value, asking whether the books that have won recently are so complicated and inaccessible to most children that they are effectively turning off kids to reading. Of the 25 winners and runners-up chosen from 2000 to 2005, four of the books deal with death, six with the absence of one or both parents and four with such mental challenges as autism. Most of the rest deal with tough social issues.”

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