Ok guys, this is a total rant blog. I am so tired of seeing other authors bashing genres they don’t like or read saying they don’t “understand why people read that crap.” The truth is, there is something out there for everyone. I LOVE that! I love that there is so much talent, creativity, and diversity in the writing world even if it happens to be in genres I don’t read because I know other people do. To speak badly of authors who write in genres that sell well is just petty. I write about vampires, and I make no apologies for that. I love the paranormal genre; and if you don’t, that is totally ok with me. Maybe you like thrillers, romance, or classic literature - that’s great! Whatever you like to read, you will be able to find it. I think that is amazing!
You will never catch me reading a sci-fi book, but my husband loves them. I may tease him about space marines, but you will never see a public post or comment from me bashing sci-fi authors or that genre. I’m not a big fantasy fan either, but I would not say anything against those authors or the people who love to read fantasy. I will support my friends who write in both of those genres and will post their books to help readers find them. In fact, I will post/promo any of the books my author friends write because even if I don’t read them, I know other people will. That’s the cool thing about creating a network. I don’t have to love your genre to support you. I let the readers decide what they want.
I am tired of the negative comments about the paranormal genre. If I had a dime for every time I heard “I am so sick of vampires and werewolves,” I’d be rich. The problem is, the people who make those comments are not people who write in that genre or read it. So don’t. Stick to what you like. I’m fine with that. If you don’t like the paranormal genre, don’t read my books. I’ve been especially bothered by the anti Twilight campaigns that often include other authors. There are actually Facebook groups and blogs dedicated to bashing Twilight and/or the paranormal genre in general. I wasn’t particularly fond of the sparkly thing either, but a lot of people love those books. Where’s the harm in that?
There is a lot of talk in the indie world about cyber bullies targeting authors with bad reviews and other cruel comments. But somehow it’s ok to cyber bully traditionally published authors who are successful at what they do? It really isn’t okay. I’m tired of hearing how paranormal books are a waste and have no substance. You should always strive to write the best book you can, but every book does not have to be a critically acclaimed masterpiece (not that I’m bashing those…lol). Sometimes books are just fun.
If you don’t like a particular genre, don’t read it; but don't be mean to those who do. I’m not going to read a sci-fi or fantasy book and then beat the author up in print because I don’t like sci-fi or fantasy. That’s just stupid. Also, I am not going to be pissy if a sci-fi or fantasy book is selling better than a paranormal book. I congratulate any author who is successful. I want to be successful too, but I’m not going to put other authors/genres down to do it.