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August 21, 2015

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  1. Michal

    It’s been extremely upsetting to me to see people outside the romance community to use this as an example to laugh at romance without recognizing that this is an endemic problem…

    It’s like people forgot how much praise The Boy in the Striped Pajamas received; which isn’t as extreme in its distastefulness, but showcased some of the same problems/trends in how writers use the Holocaust. (I believe criticisms of The Book Thief were also swept under the rug as well.)

    • Natalie Luhrs

      Michal, one of the really frustrating things about the upset over this book was that a book that actually won its category was equally as odious. The winner in the erotic romance category features a sado-masochistic “relationship” between a 28 year old Jesuit priest and a troubled 15 year old girl who is also his parishioner.

  2. Selki

    @Natalie Luhrs: Yuuuuck! a priest (or any adult) should be helping a 15-yo, not preying on her.

  3. Ros

    The thing about the ads is interesting to me. I don’t feel like I owe it to any advertisers not to use ad-block software.

    But I don’t use it on Ravelry. Precisely because the adverts there are non-intrusive, non-audio, non-gif, non-offensive and relevant to the content. Because they are vetted by the site. So it honestly doesn’t bother me to see them and I even occasionally click on one.

    I’d like to see more websites taking that sort of pro-active approach to paid advertising, rather than just signing up to Adsense or whatever. It says that they value their customers and their internet real estate.

  4. Veronica Schanoes

    One of these days I’m going to write an academic article on the phenomenon of the “good gentile” in Holocaust fiction for kids and teens. Its sheer ubiquity would suggest to me that the tweet you quote is not quite right. The Holocaust has inspired savior fantasies, not solidarity, and that seems pretty close to pity to me.


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