Cannonball Read 9
Sticking it to Cancer One Book at a Time
January 22, 2014 by faskenette 3 Comments
If you can
January 22, 2014 at 5:10 am
You subscribe to the same idea as I do for reading romance novels. You just did a better job of condensing it into an effective motto: The Easy Read for Hard Times.
I agree with you, too. Rape and Romance should not and do not go together. I’m surprised and disappointed the book was published with that type of content in it.
January 22, 2014 at 3:31 pm
“…having Ellie eventually get into it just to spite him…”
There is no emoticon that can adequately represent the face I am making right now. YIKES.
I recall a Margaret Atwood piece (short story or essay, I’m not sure, but I think it was a short story) called “Rape Fantasies” that explored the tension between the fantasy – the “victim” is actually in control because it is her fantasy – and the reality. I am hesitant to google it on my work computer, for obvious reasons, but I really should track that down and look it over again.
January 22, 2014 at 3:34 pm
Oh, I hit “post comment” too quickly. My point, I guess, is that one can argue that in a romance novel it’s also a fantasy, but it is troubling to see that trope so prevalent in fiction marketed to women. There’s a very blurry boundary between a fantasy in one’s head, and a horror being normalized in the real world.
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