Wednesday, November 30, 2011
This is our third month on Bodice Rippers, and with year end upon us, we thought we would end 2011 with a bang. Several of our members on Bodice Rippers are big fans of Christine Feehan, and many of us have met on her wonderful site "Spirit Bound" on December 27.
Christine has 4 great series and with different story lines; therefore Bodice Rippers will not do a read along this month. There will be a group discussion for each series, continuing throughout the month. You can access any of the series using the links (series name) on the right side.
We have many exciting things planned for the entire month, as well as reviews and a contest pertaining to Christine and her wonderful world of characters and books. We will also post a request for submissions, for you, our members, to write a review on your favorite Christine book, and of the submissions, we will choose 3 or 4, depending on space and time, to be on the main page. All the information how to submit a review, and which books have been reviewed by the BR Team, will be a separate post. The contest this month will be a month long Trivia Game. The contest rules will also be a separate post. So keep an eye out for the posts. Best of all, Christine has graciously consented to a written interview, to be posted December 15th.
On December 4th, we will be posting an interview with a new author…Carolyn Arnold, who has just released her new book “Eleven”. A review of Carolyn’s previously released first book “Ties that Bind”, in the ‘Madison Knight’ series will be posted prior to the interview. We look forward to welcoming Carolyn to Bodice Rippers. Our weekly schedule of themes, reviews, and articles will continue as usual, with some added surprises. We are very excited to share with you everything we have planned for December.
Bodice Rippers Team
The Dark Series – the Carpathians
This month we are doing individual group discussion for every series. This page is for our beloved Carpathians. Post a comment about anything and everything that is the Dark Series. Discuss your favorite book, favorite character, what you liked or didn’t like.
My favorite book in the Dark Series is Dark Slayer. It had everything you would want in a book. Excitement, adventure, a great heroine and hero, so many of our favorite Carpathians played huge roles in the book, excellent villains, and a great ending.
My favorite Carpathian is tough to choose, so here are my favorites:
Male: Gregori, Julian, Lucian, Dimitri
Female: Ivory, Francesca, Natalya, Raven, Shea
Now tell us what are your favorites.
This month we are doing individual group discussion for every series. This page is for our magnificent Ghostwalkers. Post a comment about anything and everything that is the Ghostwalker series. Discuss your favorite book, favorite character, what you liked or didn’t like.
I personally was hoping to see Javier and Rhianna in the next book. But it’s not to be, as Samurai Game belongs to Sam and Thorn. Paul would have made a good mate for Thorn...he is a psychic surgeon and Thorn was brutally assaulted by Whitney and the others.
What are your thoughts on the Ghostwalker series?
The Drake Sisters/Sisters of the Heart Series
This month we are doing individual group discussion for every series. This page is for the wonderful Drake Sisters, and the Sisters of the Heart series. Post a comment about anything and everything that is either Drake Sisters or Sisters of the Heart. Discuss your favorite book, favorite character, what you liked or didn’t like.
My favorite two books of the Drake Sisters is Safe Harbor and Turbulent Seas.
The two couples in each of these books were great, and I could not choose between either book as my favorite.
What were your favorites?
This month we are doing individual group discussion for every series. This page is for our awesome Leopards. Post a comment about anything and everything that is the Leopard series. Discuss your favorite book, favorite character, what you liked or didn’t like.
I’ll start things off:
My favorite Leopard book was the last one, Savage Nature.
Drake has been my favorite since the beginning, and it was great to see him have his own book in Savage Nature.
Tell us your thoughts.
I have one for you all!! What Word is on your mind?
Me I like Winsome, Whatever, Why, Whatnot, Windmill and that's just the W's
Remember this is your day.. comment on Whatever subject you Want to! There are no rules.. Write a dissertation or a review.. Post a quote or random thoughts.. the best thing about no rules.. there are no Wrong answers!!
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
To emphasize the redundancy surrounding many romance covers and the duplicity involved, I have recently found a series of 'actual' romance covers that have been 'spoofed'. In the grand scheme of things, I don't think the author ( in this case Norah Hess) or publisher considered the implications of such a cover, but someone, with a little too much time on their hands......had nothing better to do than 'spoof' a few of the covers from romance novels.
Genre Lines Blur Between Adult and YA Fiction (Part 3)
This week I offer part 3 in a series of articles that I have found pertaining to Young Adult novels. Like adult story lines, books aimed at young adults are marketed with controversial subject matter and content, that once was considered taboo. Sandy
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ With the popularity of the Gossip Girl, It Girl and the Clique series, young adult books are becoming more widely read by adults, for their racy content and unique style.
It must have started with Judy Blume, around the same time, when FOREVER was released and adults were in an uproar, from its' frank sexual content. From that point, books marketed for a young adult audience have been slowly increasing their range of content and subject matter, and tackling all kinds of controversial, albeit relevant topics.
Everything from homosexuality, rape, abuse, self-mutilation, mental illness/suicide, eating disorders, and any kind of addiction imaginable became plots or sub-plots of YA novels.
Parents at first, became worried at what their tweens and teens were reading, however it was only a matter of time until adults became bored with their targeted fiction selections and wandered inconspicuously into the YA section of their local bookstore to find out what the fuss was about. Curiosity led the way to a new trend of adults indulging in the guilty pleasure of YA novels.
YA Book Sales Increasing Despite a General Decrease in Overall Book Sales
From a publisher's standpoint, it is clear that YA books are selling better than their adult counterparts. According to the Book Industry Study Group, sales of YA books have increased by 23 percent since 1993 while adult book sales have decreased in the same time period by one percent. Clearly there are a lot of people reading and buying YA books, and for the publisher this is a good thing.
YA Books Are the New Chick Lit
It was only a few years ago when the genre of 'chick lit' (novels geared toward 20-something females) was all the rage. It was difficult to pass a bookstore or turn on the TV without hearing about Bridget Jone's Diary, The Devil Wears Prada or Sex and the City.
Once the genre took off, it became inundated with chick lit. It became inescapable, to the point where readers became bored. How many books about single women looking for love, escaping a hellish employer or a play by play of their sexual conquests could be read before the target demographic got bored and moved on? Interestingly, around the time that chick lit hit its' plateau, YA books were beginning their incline.
YA's Appeal to Adult Readers
So what is it about the YA genre that has adults and teens alike flocking to the shelves for the latest book in the Gossip Girl series or Clique series? Mainly because it fills a gap that ex-chick lit readers have been hungry for.
Consider the subject matter disclosed in a large majority of popular YA fiction, most of it resembles at its cores, the thing that made chick lit and other adult fiction so popular: a mix of social and societal trends and a light, easy-reading appear. Factor in the steamy R-rated scenes and it's easy to understand the appeal YA has on a large audience.
The bottom line is that YA is more a point-of -view as opposed to a particular age demographic. They are fun, light and easy to digest. As for the racy content, it's just one more reason adults can indulge in these books without the lingering feeling of being a literary pedophile.