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    There is No Spoon
    The more I think about The Marriage Bed, the more I dislike it. It comes down to, I never connected to the H/H. And really half way through, I down right disliked the hero at the point where I should have started to like him. And the heroine, I had moved on from feeling bad for her to just thinking she was a stupid shit and deserved what she got.

    I never know where that spoiler line gets drawn with new books. I shall prolly blog about it more tomorrow, trying to keep the post some what spoiler free with a free for all in the comments.

    I am off to read One Night with a Prince.

    Oh but first... I have more books! I went to pick up a trade book and of course had to look around. I so scored getting a trade copy of Night of Sin by Julia Ross for $3. And could have left with that feeling good.

    but oh no...
    Having bought Lady's Choice by Winnie Griggs I decided it needed friends on my tbr pile. So I picked up What Matters Most and Something More. And no I haven't read or heard jack about winnie griggs.

    Hope I like her. The really scary thing is, I recalled the titles. So either it is from looking her up when I blindly bought Lady's Choice. OR I have managed to buy these already and don't remember.

    Yes I really need a new book shelf, I really need to write down all the books I have, I really need to do lots of shit but I want to read!

    The other two books I bought are potential trades, so that is cool. I picked up Forever by Theresa Weir, an author whose name I keep seeing. And Falling Stars by Anita Mills, an author I recently enjoyed reading and a book on someone's wish list.

    So now I just need to read them so I can decide if I keep them or send them on their happy way.

    Oh and another thing, people will you give me a break with the new series books? The Lady Lies and Beyond the Pale are sitting in my tbr. Now lets say I like them but in a eh that was fun lets move on kind of way - WHAT DO I DO? Keep them since my memory is shit and I might need them when the next book comes out or pass them on to a happy home and let them enjoy being read again.

    le sigh

    I mean people I am close to hitting 800 books here. I know to some of you that makes me a beginner and you are sitting there laughing at that low number. But really 800! I feel shame. Well I think I should, or at least I should feel shame over buying MORE while so many just sit there!

    I did want to make a post regarding condoms, sex, responsibility and such but I find I really just want to go be one with my couch and read. So let me point you to angie, karens, candy and keishon.

    I have to say, this is why I love blogs, live journal and reviews. I love opinion and the thought process that goes into why people think as they do. There is no right. There is no wrong. There is no spoon. It just is what it is, which reminds me I have a post I really wanted to do on reviews after looking up Triple Play. More time in the day please...

    Anyway, as for condoms, since the majority of what I read is historical, this doesn't come up much. ::hee come:: But really it isn't something I worry about. It isn't a must in what I read. If they are used, I want to know, if they aren't, I want that address somewhere. But I do not expect the author to teach me or anyone else about safe sex.

    Yes books can be entertaining and educational. Yes you can learn something from any genre of book. But no, we don't need to worry about the children when writing our romance novels. If I want to raise kids, I will have them. I don't. If you are worried about what your kids are reading - talk to them. If you want them to have your values - talk to them. My god, we don't take responsibility for jack shit anymore.

    It is always the fault of someone else. Well sometimes it is just stupid and sometimes we do it to ourselves. Maybe it is because I can mark been there done that on far too many things, but at the end of the day if I did something wrong it wasn't because author x wrote about it in a romance.

    I don't expect or want social responsibility in my novels, tv, movies or whatever. I want to be entertained. I want it to be the done well. I want the creator to have been true to whatever vision he/she saw in his/her head.

    And if I don't like it or agree with it, I want the right to not see or read it again.

    ok now I really am off to read One Night with a Prince.
    1. i've read winnie griggs before and i vaguely remember that many of her heroines have pasts and WG writes a mix of westerns and regencies. Here's WG's website:

      By Blogger erika, at 6/23/2005 11:06:00 PM  

    2. If you're trading the Weir book, keep me in mind :)
      I have a Winnie Gregg book but I don't remember is I read it. Isn't that scary.

      By Blogger Kristie (J), at 6/24/2005 05:05:00 AM  

    3. For me, I dont generally care about condom usage as long as the hero/ine dont spend a lot of time talking about how they dont want a baby then turn around and do it raw. This happens in the first story in Things That Go Bump in the Night I. All she talks about is how she doesnt want to get pregnant, but she lets him come in her every time.

      By Anonymous Jay, at 6/24/2005 09:48:00 AM  

    4. Hmm, must sign up after Kristie to take a look at Weir's FOREVER. :D

      LOL! I agree. There is no spoon.

      By Blogger CW, at 6/24/2005 04:53:00 PM  

    5. heeeeeeeee

      I wondered if anyone would the subject reference ;)

      By Blogger sybil, at 6/24/2005 05:26:00 PM  

    6. I'm with Jay. If the hero or heroine makes a big issue out of not wanting kids, you just KNOW that the heroine will get knocked up. You just know it. It's up there with making a blond man as a "surprise" villain.

      And as for the "there is no spoon" quote, I thought it's to do with memory-based fear? What you remember isn't, you suspect, what it may be, therefore it generates a fear in you. By saying that there is no spoon -- it doesn't matter that things may not be real because in the end, it's you that is real; it's you that shapes the reality around you. That was my take, but it looks like I got it wrong. Heh.

      ... I'm going to shoot myself because I'm actually talking philosophy from a bloody film! lol!

      By Blogger McVane, at 6/25/2005 03:05:00 PM  

    7. LOL Maili. I don't know about the fear bit, but to me the spoon was a reference to questions of reality: the present system you are in is a construct that limited you. Thus, the rules of said construct/world only apply to you if you believe in them and let them.

      By Blogger CW, at 6/25/2005 03:27:00 PM  

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