8 responses to “Pet Peeves: Dubious Consent in Romance”

  1. Jill

    Agree. 100%.

  2. MonaKarel

    It comes across to me as lazy writing. The shock value will draw in some buyers.
    Plus it is MUCH easier to write this sort of story than it is to build a healthy relationship between the characters

  3. Donna Frelick

    As you say, Carol, there is a long tradition of this in PNR, starting (and continuing) with the giants of the genre, Christine Feehan and Sherrilyn Kenyon. But those authors have some idea of restraint and the core strength of their heroines, something that is DEFINITELY lacking in the example you gave and in plenty of lesser works.
    The fun in the best of this trope is in seeing the “seducing” male himself seduced by the smart female and the couple in the end becoming a well-balanced pair. But only the best writers are capable of this, no matter what romantic tropes you use, in PNR or in SFR. Thanks for a great post!

  4. Leticia

    This is all part of the “50 Shades…” culture. A lot of writers copying that book because it sold. It’s a shame, and the only thing you can do about it is to write an honest review of the book where you bought it and on goodreads, and to help other people avoiding this kind of sexism in the future.

  5. Deborah Bailey

    Very well said. This sort of thing is a deal breaker for me as a reader.