Monica Hesse of The Washington Post goes for the instant money shot for the opening of her article today on the RWA Nationals in D.C., with a comment from author Colleen Gleason describing her writing.
“I like to have at least one orgasm in every chapter,” Gleason is quoted as saying, as if that one sentence encapsulates everything there is to know about Gleason’s writing or romance writing in general. Hesse mentally calculates love scenes in Gleason’s work and quickly comes up with “Wow,” sixty orgasms times eight novels and so on and so on.
I can see where Hesse was going. She needed a juicy opening for the article, and a eye-popping quote is one of the most expedient methods of grabbing readers, but in doing so, the article is immediately set-up to discuss the legitimacy of romance as reading material. Now there’s a fresh approach.
To be fair, “When Romance Writers Gather, The Plot Quickens” delves into the industry’s wide range of subgenres, the fact that romance is composed of women and men with a strong work ethic, who take the business side of their industry seriously while shunning a prima donna attitude, and who are extremely supportive of one another.
However, she also intimates that the average romance writer resembles a character out of that hilariously awful “Mom Jeans” skit from Saturday Night Live.
Hey, I’ll admit it, I make one mean apricot-walnut-buttermilk scone, but I definitely do not wear “perfume made from Fleischmann’s yeast.”