Study: Read Romance, Be Sensitive – Are readers drawn to romance because they are more sensitive people or does reading romances make you better at reading emotions? I’m reading The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion about a man who makes “evidence-based” life choices. (He doesn’t realize he has Asperger’s). Maybe he should read romance novels? Thanks to reader Shula for the link.
“Results: As expected, fiction readers showed more interpersonal sensitivity than nonfiction readers. (Though there wasn’t a negative relationship between reading nonfiction and sensitivity.) When the researchers looked at the genres specifically, controlling for other variables, they found that reading romance in particular correlated with higher sensitivity scores, which makes sense for fans of a genre built on the foundation of expressing emotion. There were also relationships between reading suspense/thriller and domestic fiction books and higher sensitivity, but those ties were weaker than the one found with romance readers.”The Atlantic
R.I.P. Romantic Comedies: Why Harry Wouldn’t Meet Sally in 2013 – Author Jamie Wesley gave me the heads up on this article. The romantic comedy that was so strong in the 80s and 90s aren’t having much of any box office success. The article points to a number of problems including dialogue driven stories are hard to sell overseas; the lack of marketability young actors and actresses that can bring in an audience; and audiences tiring of the formula.
“Audiences aren’t tired of romance; they’re tiring of formulas,” Sucsy says. “There is still a demand, and there always will be, for fresh and innovative stories that are smart and nuanced.” The trouble, he says, “has arisen from the fact that easy marketing and original stories seem to be working at cross-purposes — high-concept loglines might be easier to sell in a 30-second ad, but that doesn’t mean they make better movies.”The Hollywood Reporter
Apology Email From Goodreads About Deleting My Reviews – Goodreads is sending out emails to the users whose content was deleted. The content will be retrieved and emailed to the user but it cannot be reposted on the site. Goodreads also implemented new guidelines (or perhaps just clarified the old ones) which spells out what will happen in the future and what you can and cannot do. Is it enough? Who knows. I’ve already mentally moved on. Katiebabs Library of Books
BookLikes Community Guidelines Supplements & Official Statement – In response to the Stop the Goodreads Bullies’ posting of Booklikes purported support, Booklikes responded in the following manner. They don’t support STGRB site (because what rational party does upon reading about them) and instead of deleting content, people are given ghost status which means only the followers of that booklikes user can see the content. I think that’s a pretty fair implementation.
All users who assault or harass other BookLikes members may be blocked by BookLikes users and reported to BookLikes Team. Each complaint will be evaluated by BookLikes Team who can decide whether to block a given user or not. If user’s behavior is inappropriate he/she can receive Ghost status, his/her rates and reviews will not be counted to overall book statistics and will not be promoted on BookLikes pages visible for all members: Explore Page, Dashboard, Book Page. Users who follow member with Ghost status will still view his/her writings on Dashboard. BookLikes will not unfollow anyone from your Following list.BookLikes
Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty.
You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com