I no longer read romance books with men and women in them. It’s not that I’m not heterosexual but I can’t stand reading the M/F stories that are out there now because I don’t identify with the women in these books. I’m not being too picky and I’m not bashing women, I think women get bashed enough as it is and I think most authors of M/F books aren’t helping. There are some authors who write M/F that I will read everything they put out. Every Janet Evanovich book that comes out with Stephanie Plum as the main character I’ll read but I probably won’t pick up another M/F romance book again for a long time.
M/F romance books seem to have this unfortunate habit of making the female stupid or a total bitch. And I don’t just mean a little stupid I mean a lot stupid. The woman does totally idiotic actions with stupid reasons backing them up. They are up one second then down the next, it’s like they all need a dose of Prozac to even them out.
Of the M/F book’s I’ve read recently the female’s emotions are so whiplashy that it makes me sick to follow what they are doing. I can’t believe that women are writing these books. Do they really think women are that stupid? It pisses me off that the women in these books are written to act like idiots. They freak out, have sex with anyone, sabotage their lives and otherwise act like total buffoons all for weak reasons and threadbare excuses. Their motivation is thin and it totally ruins the book for me.
M/F books have gotten so cliché that it’s like the blonde girl who runs upstairs in a horror movie only to be cut in two by the scary killer. Why are women authors sinking so low that they are creating characters who are too stupid to live or too bitchy to survive.
Unfortunately some M/F romance authors are beginning to write M/M books that have characters that are nothing more than chicks with dicks. The men act like women instead of men.
I know there are all types of people out there. I’m female and I don’t necessarily act like other women. I hate shopping, I approach subjects logically, and I’m much better with money and directions than my husband. I know some women couldn’t find their way out of a paper bag with a map in hand but there are plenty of men who suck at directions too. Men and women have issues with balancing their checkbook and men and women have issues with depression, that’s not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about men written into stories that are so feminine that they have thoughts women have and do actions women would do.
Most M/M books are great. I love GA Hauser stories and Laura Harner writes awesome books about men too. Both Laura and GA are women. They do a great job of writing men into their stories with solid motivation. I also love the total male feel of Damon Suede’s books. Hot Head was so full of masculine characters and it was awesome. The men in GA’s, Laura’s and Damon’s stories don’t always make the best choices but their motivation is true. These authors don’t make their characters into caricatures.
Most M/F books the motivation is so weak it’s pathetic I can’t stand reading them anymore. I hope that more authors start writing believable strong women who aren’t so stupid that they make you want to throw up or so bitchy that you hope they die before page five.
If you are reading this and you write M/F then take a good look at your characters and see if they need a does of Prozac. Characters don’t need to be caricatures. It’s fiction, not a soap opera. If you write M/M books then don’t write a chick with a dick. Men act different than women. When you write male characters make sure they are actually male characters not a female character with a penis.