Monday News: Men, again, more on Net Neutrality, books by women, and publicist confessions
Romance and the bloke — Aussie male romance writers tap into billion-dollar industry – Oh, look; another article on men writing Romance. *sigh* Apparently men
who can’t make any money writing other genres in Australia have discovered Romance, and with the availability of self-publishing, they are capitalizing on the opportunity. And hey, good Romance is good Romance (or it should be, right?). Honestly, the most interesting thing about this piece to me is a comment from Claire Boston, president of Romance Writers of Australia noting that one of the newest trends is the “reverse harem” – where one woman oversees a harem of men (note: Thea Devine did this like DECADES ago). Anyway, back to the profiles of these gentlemen, here’s an example:
Perth romance writer Daniel de Lorne who specialises in gay paranormal romance, never set out to write a romance novel.
But while working on his novel about vampires he found it was the “best place for him” after a friend mentioned the genre.
His “action packed” plots revolve around a threat to the world, saved by two supernatural characters such as vampires, witches or demons who fall in love.
Like most consumers of romantic fiction his audience are largely straight women.
“Plus, many of them think it’s sexy.”
Mr de Lorne said the exoticness of two men appealed to women who found it erotic or titillating, coupled with male characters that could show their feelings.
“Having two male characters that show this vulnerability is quite alluring to people, particularly women,” he said. – abc.net.au
FCC explains why public support for net neutrality won’t stop repeal – I’m trying so hard not to be depressed by the current state of the State, but Lordy, it’s getting tough. The likelihood of Net Neutrality rules being squashed is getting more and more real, despite clear and convincing support for the current rules. If you didn’t see the news, there was a massive fraud involving comments submitted from real people’s names but with scammed content. And if you need a refresher in Net Neutrality, click here. Despite doing nothing to investigate or prevent the fraud, and despite the fact that even the ISP’s have told the FCC that current rules “do not harm their network investments,” FCC Chair Ajit Pai is basically disregarding every shred of evidence and legitimate comment against his position – a move that is intended to benefit . . . wait for it . . . large corporations.
It was thus no surprise to see a huge backlash to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s plan to eliminate the rules. While most of the 22 million public comments on the plan were spam and form letters, a study funded by the broadband industry found that 98.5 percent of unique comments supported the current rules. Net neutrality supporters organized an “Internet-wide Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality” in July and plan more protests in the coming days as a final vote draws near.
But net neutrality rules have some vocal and influential opponents. The most prominent are Republican politicians and regulators, conservative think tanks, and the Internet service providers that have to follow the rules. Those are the voices that counted most in Pai’s decision to eliminate popular consumer protection regulations.
Pai’s full proposal is available here and is expected to be approved in a commission vote on December 14. – Ars Technica
10 Exceptional Books By And About Women For Holiday Gifting in 2017 – It’s not a long list, but there are some practical titles, from Luvvie Ajayi’s I’m Judging You, to Morra Aarons-Mele’s Hiding in the Bathroom: An Introvert’s Roadmap to Getting Out There (When You’d Rather Stay Home). Lauren Gunderson’s Blast Off to the Moon! is also on the list, and if her name doesn’t ring a bell, maybe one of her plays does, because it’s a sequel to Pride and Prejudice.
Playwright Lauren Gunderson has been named the most-produced playwright in America in 2017. (She came in second in 2016, right behind August Wilson.) Her plays take inspiration from women in science to Shakespeare, and we talked with her about how she blends the worlds of STEM and the arts seamlessly in TLDNE episode The Science of Drama. This compelling children’s book was adapted from her hit musical The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful and her Dog. – Forbes
23 Confessions From A Book Publicist – Man, I hate these illustrated lists at Buzzfeed (is the gif EVER going to go out of style?????), but there is actually some good advice lurking in the text (e.g. don’t be a nightmare to your publicist and don’t insist that you’ve written the FRESHEST BEST BOOK EVAH). Of course, because it’s the nature of a publicist to spin, if you violate an unwritten rule, you may not ever know it. – Buzzfeed