Be prepared for a rant.
I am a member of a fairly large and well-respected readers' group. Not very long ago, someone posted that they hated sex scenes in romance and suggested the recent shift to graphic sex in romance novels could be due to the large population of prisoners buying romance novels.
Yes, you read that right. Prisoners.
You see, they're not allowed to read porn. At least that's the logic this individual offers. So, they're buying the next best thing--romance novels.
I kept my mouth (pretty much) shut on the loop...but WHAT THE FUCK?!
First, I'd love to know exactly what the current population of prisoners is in the U.S. , total, in all prisons and jails across the country.
Surely, this person does not think that a group of individuals who are incarcerated and cannot go shopping are shaping the romance fiction market?!
From my experience, it would seem the number of prisoners who read romance novels would be small. And smaller yet would be the number of prisoners who purchase those novels NEW. The purchase of used books or the reading of books donated for free into prison libraries would have absolutely NO impact on sales, and therefore would NOT bring about any kind of change in the market.
The ignorance of some people.
I guess only people who've committed felonies would like to read the smut publishers are putting out these days.
And here I thought we were getting somewhere, that those who didn't care for sexy romances were seeing them as more mainstream, since they're more widely available now.
I'm such a dreamer.
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