Recently Jen had a good post on why she doesn’t post so many opinion posts and while reading it, it reminded me that I haven’t done an opinion piece in months here. The thing is opinion pieces bring the most readers and interaction. It’s hard to get a bunch of interaction on reviews and I’m so busy I don’t comment on many blogs (tho I do read them) so I don’t get many comments or views. It’s quid pro quo and totally understandable yet an area I just suck at. I’ll never be a famous blogger *sobs quietly in the corner*
Anyway Jen’s post got me thinking and I realized a couple of things. First I’m very busy and my personal life has kind of taken over (damn boys) while that’s all well and good I’m still reading a lot and all over the place. I’ve branched out a lot more than in the past and I’m reading more mainstream than I was say a year or two or even three ago. I’ve always read mainstream fiction in a variety of genres but I clearly needed a break so it’d be fresh again.
Sometimes I think that about this m/m or gay erotic romance genre. I feel like I’m reading the same stories but the quality just goes down with each new random name I’ve never heard of. I’m definitely less likely to pick up a new author these days as I feel I’ve been burned too many times by bad editing, horrible plots, and boring writing. That’s sadly how I feel and I don’t particularly like it. So I don’t want to read those books, review those books, or hell talk about why the genre has taken a nose dive because there are still amazing and wonderful stories to read (mostly by authors I do know).
But how does this relate to whether I post opinion pieces you’re asking? Well I’m asking that too but really it does because the same phenomenon is happening with those posts as with books. There seems to be the same issues recycled over and over again with perhaps not even more interesting points of view or comments. I think many issues benefit from a revisiting and I plan to check in on a few to see where the consensus stands but for the most part many of the main issues are still there and feel tired.
Or is that just me?
So I’m curious populace.. are you tired?
Are you tired of the genre? The endless blogs? The same arguments?
Do you feel the same excitement with the stories and if not, what should we do to kick start interest in our little happy genre?