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    since someone must be seeking
    Attention and validation... do go give her some

    And let me know if she decides I am racist, so I can change my life to fit her idea. Wouldn't want to upset the applecart and all.

    I will of coure be looking for rec's for horror, inspirational, AA, mysteries, true crime and all other forms of books I don't seek out so I may satisfy the entire world by reading something that makes EVERYONE a lil happy.

    I do draw the line at Danielle Steele. Just saying. Of course this just proves everything is about me.
    1. Wow. I had no idea you were racist. You pig. err. Is there a female version of the pig or is pig all inclusive? Because I usually use it describe men, so it has kind of taken on a male connotation. What is a good female perjorative? Bitch has been reclaimed. I often call my BFF Wench and a half. So maybe I'll just settle for Wench. Where was I? Oh yes. Where was it that you said you don't read black authors?

      By Anonymous Jane, at 8/16/2006 03:16:00 PM  

    2. Is equalitarian a word? I thought it was egalitarian?


      By Anonymous jmc, at 8/16/2006 05:22:00 PM  

    3. All I can say is - if refusing to read Danielle Steele makes you some kind of evil, let me join you in your evilness...cause I'm not reading that stuff.

      By Blogger C2, at 8/16/2006 07:25:00 PM  

    4. Umm... Sybil, you are aware that I'm a little brown person, aren't you? You racist whore! how dare you be friends with me!

      *sigh* this shit makes my head hurt. Why can't we all just get along?

      By Blogger Bam, at 8/16/2006 07:30:00 PM  

    5. Sow. You should call Sybil a sow Jane.

      By Blogger Fickle Fiona, at 8/16/2006 07:54:00 PM  

    6. Oh, of course, Fiona. Sow would be right. I grew up in the Midwest. I should know a sow v. boar (I had to google that).

      By Anonymous Jane, at 8/16/2006 08:45:00 PM  

    7. Color me shocked. *speechless*

      In all seriousness, pay it no mind. There's a lot of stuff out there that I don't read either and it has absolutely nothing to do with anybody's race whatsoever.

      Keishon, back to lurking

      By Blogger Avid Reader, at 8/16/2006 09:47:00 PM  

    8. I made a POINT not to call you the taboo "R" word.

      And I even made you a decal and said you had a right to your preferences. There are many black book sites. The difference is that they identify as such.

      But Sybil, I know it's a leap, but imagine for a moment you were a black romance author. Wouldn't all these places that say they are about romance but would nevah, evah would read the likes of you or anybody else with your skin tone, piss you off a bit?

      Is is really all about the skin? Or is it about what's in it?

      What's in it isn't really all that different, you know.

      By Anonymous Monica, at 8/16/2006 09:58:00 PM  

    9. Added: Are y'all saying all black romance writers are like Danielle Steele? Um, this isn't the case. I don't know any Steele-ish black writers at all. Black romance writers are pretty much like any other group of romance writers. We're not somehow inhuman, naturally inferior writers or more stupid than white writers. Amazing concepts to some, but true.

      By Anonymous Monica, at 8/16/2006 10:09:00 PM  

    10. Dang, I thought I could walk this one off but I have to ask why, Monica, did you even have to make a point not to call Sybil a racist? Why bring it up at all? You know the power behind that word. Why not just say this is a reader who has flat out said that she will not read AA romances?

      I'm not sure I understand how a reader is to know an author's skin colour? Am I to know what colour their hair is, whether they are male or female (Harper Lee - okay, it might sound stupid but I always thought it was a man who wrote To Kill A Mockingbird until I saw a recent movie), their religion, their food preferences?

      I can't discriminate against authors because I'm not interested in the author. Let's not even go into the fact that I can't see the author. Sure there are author pics on book flaps nowadays but I don't look for them. I could care less. I'm interested in the romance. Period.

      Yes, today there are books with AA covers but if I were to assume that all those books were written by AA would I be right? I hope not. I hope that writer's can write what is in their hearts and follow their muse where ever it may take them.

      Write a great romance and people will want to read it.


      By Blogger CindyS, at 8/18/2006 02:02:00 AM  

    11. And did those feet in ancient time
      Walk upon England's mountain green?
      And was the holy Lamb of God
      On England's pleasant pastures seen?

      And did the countenance divine
      Shine forth upon our clouded hills?
      And was Jerusalem builded here
      Among those dark satanic mills?

      Bring me my bow of burning gold!
      Bring me my arrows of desire!
      Bring me my spear! O clouds, unfold!
      Bring me my chariot of fire!

      I will not cease from mental fight,
      Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand,
      Till we have built Jerusalem
      In England's green and pleasant land.

      This is just my fave hymn, and always makes me channel nice thoughts, although very nationalistic in it's theme.

      Just thought I'd add some levity to the debate. *g*

      By Blogger Karen Scott, at 8/18/2006 04:12:00 AM  

    12. LOL

      yes hon but it comes back to what the fuck does this have to do with me and why someone feels I or anyone else in the whole world needs to justify their actions to them

      I mean fuck I thought I had a huge ego. I have nothing on monica.

      By Blogger sybil, at 8/18/2006 09:13:00 AM  

    13. LOL

      yes hon but it comes back to what the fuck does this have to do with me and why someone feels I or anyone else in the whole world needs to justify their actions to them

      I mean fuck I thought I had a huge ego. I have nothing on monica.

      I thought I had a huge ego too. But no, apparently it's safely stocked in the Misses/Junior section.

      I realized that I have blogged numerous times that I won't read contemporaries. I guess I need a button/decal. Am I an Era-ist?

      By Blogger Suisan, at 8/19/2006 11:52:00 AM  

    14. I never said I don't read black authors at the point I came into the debate, uh a year and a half ago or so, it was if you haven't read AA romance you are racist.

      I had only been reading for about half a year and at that point had never read a black romance author (to my knowledge). All of the huffing and puffing put me off to where if I saw the conversation again I was gonna scream.

      Which was/is really the view of many but most people then and now just ingore it cuz there is no winning the debate with monica.

      I was so sick and tired of reading how I had to read X or I was Y that I recall putting down a book or two because I felt like I was being given some sort of test I had no chance of passing. And I won't do crap if I feel like I am being forced to. I even knew at the time I was being silly but I could not get her voice out of my head.

      I still go by my married name because my ex told me I couldn't. That was over five years ago. I am nothing if not stubborn.

      By Blogger sybil, at 8/21/2006 01:05:00 AM  

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