This season of releases promises to be lit! I don’t know what’s in the author drinking water, but there seems to be a shift in the tide, and I’m so ready to ride the wave. Okay, enough of the metaphoric mumbo-jumbo. What the hell am I talking about exactly? I’m referring to when authors think and write outside their proverbial box.
Erotica authors are writing new adult or clean romances. New adult authors are writing “dark” romances. AA authors are writing IR romances. IR authors are writing “mainstream” romances. Christian romance authors are including “0_0” love scenes in their stories (How you think most of us got here?)
It’s a wonderful time to be a reader. But what if you don’t want your fave to go off the beaten path? Do you feel a sense of betrayal when they write something different, especially when it may be a genre or subject matter you aren’t feeling too tough? I’ll be the first to admit, that yeah, I feel some type of way when an author I love writes mainstream (aka white-on-white) romance. But in the end, it ain’t about me. Or you. It’s about the story that is compelling the author to write, and what that looks like may not be for you.
One thing I’ve learned from working closely with authors is that they have these creative minds that are literally exploding with stories, and ideas, and concepts that have to be told. Sometimes, I don’t get it, but I do get it. Writers are so precious and so special, and I think we take them for granted sometimes because they are so dear to us and we hold them to these often unrealistic expectations.
In actuality, this is a public note to self. While I look forward to many of these “alt” releases, I have to also remind myself not to hold it against the author if it’s something I ain’t down with. Repeat after me: EVERYTHING AIN’T FOR EVERYBODY. So please don’t let this sour you on an author. If it’s something you know you aren’t interested in, keep scrolling. Or better yet, consider giving it a chance, especially if the author is a fave. You just may be surprised.
Anyone who knows me knows I only read BW romance, but a fave off mine wrote a WWBM romance and I literally hooted and hollered. I gave it a chance, though. And I loved it! Just don’t let one or two books an author’s written that you don’t particularly care for be your sole reason to stop supporting them altogether.