Wednesday, 14 November 2012
Beware. Rant ahead.
You know, a big problem with the community I write in is this thing where I run across generalities where there might be a discussion going on and someone says "A lot of M/M authors..." or "M/M authors usually...." or "Yes, but M/M authors tend to..."
So some other author who isn't me, but happens to write in the same genre I do, gets to make a generalization that encompasses me, and probably gives people a pre-formed impression of me, and I don't get a say? Hell NO.
Now I'm not saying these generalizations are all bad, or that they are all harmful in any way. Hell, some of them are down right complimentary, but you know what? People should still not speak for me. By starting out a sentence with "M/M writers..." you are speaking for me. Don't, unless you ask me if I agree with the statement. And if you aren't prepared to go ask every M/M writer if they agree with your statement, you probably shouldn't be making it.
Now before anyone gets all up in arms, believe me, I know the m/m community isn't the only place where this happens. It happens at my day job, as well. Hell, it happens in my own damn family, and we are supposedly such a tight knit bunch. So tight we can talk to one another on each other's behalf, base decisions and opinions on what each other thinks, apparently, without ever having even been made aware there was a conversation going on 500 miles away. So yes, I know it happens all the time and everywhere.
It just...what is it my British friend Emmy says? It just gets on my tits!
Anyone else have this issue, or is t just me? Am I being over-sensitive again?