Monday Musings: Peace Out Facebook Groups

RIP FACEBOOK GROUP

Lemme preface this post by making it abundantly clear that this is not a shade post against any one particular author or Facebook group. It’s 2016, and if I personally have beef witcha, I’ma talk to you directly. Now, let’s continue…

Before I started reading romance novels, I used Facebook strictly to hangout with friends and family and shoot the shit. I didn’t even know these “groups” existed, so imagine my excitement when I discovered that not only were there these romance communities, but authors who created groups where¬† readers could come together and talk about books and chat it up with their favorite authors. Well, at least that’s what I thought these groups were about…

I don’t know how to put this delicately, so I’ll just come out and say it: I can no longer stand these Facebook groups, and in my personal experiences, here’s why: One, there are so many of them doing basically the same thing which is essentially just a virtual lounge or strip club where barely-covered dick pics are posted and biracial babies are fetishized. B, there is hardly any discussion of books, unless it’s to bash one or the author without having a meaningful dialogue about the title. Thirdly, it’s the same people in just about every group. I mean, that’s all good, but there is hardly any fresh perspective or insight into the world of romance books like trends and different genres and stuff. There’s hardly any talk about books, and I wanna talk about books, not just pick which outfit looks best with what shoes. And lastly, I’ve seen sides to some authors that have just, maaaan….Let’s just say that social media can be a blessing and a curse.

Please don’t confuse Facebook group with author page. They’re totally different. You know a Facebook group is one that you must join and consists of one or more moderators, while an author page is just that. They usually post news and updates about their current or upcoming releases, as well as the occasional trivial tidbit, and I am so down with that because they keep the focus on the books.

I know many people actually enjoy these groups, and I say more power to ya. I just don’t like what goes down behind closed doors, and that’s all I’ma say about that…

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