Who wrote this meme, anyway?

Jordon to PBW, where I picked it up. Have away at it, if you’re interested.

Women’s Fiction Book Meme1

Contemporary, Historical, or Paranormal?
I’m omnivorous, with the exception of paranormal. It gives me hives. And what about paranormal historical? Or alternate reality historical paranormals?

Hardback or Trade Paperback or Mass Market Paperback?
If I love a book to pieces, I’ll buy a couple hardcover copies, and try to get a first edition as well. For general buying: trade paperback if I can get it. Mass market: last resort.

Heyer or Austen? I think Heyer would be upset at this question. Austen. Of course.

Amazon or Brick and Mortar? I live in the boonies. We have one good brick and mortar, but it takes them time to get stuff. So Amazon mostly, with forays into reality now and then.

Barnes & Noble or Borders? Barnes & Noble: generally poorly stocked, in my experience. Borders because I shopped at the original one in Ann Arbor before it went all borg on me. But I get to a Borders maybe once a year.

Woodiwiss or Lindsay? Will I get drummed out of the girls’ club if I say I haven’t read Lindsay?

First romance novel you ever remember reading? The Wolf and the Dove, classic Woodiwiss.

Alphabetize by author Alphabetize by title or random? You forgot one: Alphabetized by well paid assistant. I have almost 4,000 books in this house (not counting duplicates and stock of my own books); organization is not a one person proposition.

Keep, Throw Away or Sell? Donate or give away what I don’t keep — which isn’t much.

Read with dustjacket or remove it? Dustjacket goes in archival brodart, and then is put carefully aside while I read. Go ahead, laugh. But I’ve got pristine first editions of Byatt’s Possession, Morrisson’s Beloved, Ondaatje’s The English Patient, and a lot of other titles.

Sookie Stackhouse or Anita Blake? No, and no.

Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks? What is this ‘stop reading’ you speak of?

It was a dark and stormy night or Once upon a time?2
huh?

Crusie or SEP? Try to make me pick. Just try. I must have both.

Buy or Borrow? Buy. Buy. Buy. If authors don’t buy, how can we ask our readers to buy?

Buying choice: Book Reviews, Recommendation or Browse? I’ll take my drug anyway I come across it.

Tidy ending or Cliffhanger? First one, then the other. In no particular order.

Morning reading, Afternoon reading or Nighttime reading? I’m trying to perfect dream reading. I’ll let you know how that goes.

Series or standalone? A good standalone is like an excellent dish of chicken piccata or a perfect salad. A good series is like a banquet, dish after dish.

Favorite book of which nobody else has heard?
I’m mighty fond of The Moonflower Vine by Jetta Carlton, and I’m always pushing it –so some people have heard of it. Another treasure that didn’t get the attention it deserved: Wrongful Death, by Baine Kerr.

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1. If there’s Women’s Fiction, is there such a thing as Man Fiction? Manly Fiction? And if so, do I have to get special permission to read those books? In other words: why promote such restrictive and artificial distinctions?

1.1. And why did I take on this meme, you’re wondering, if I disapprove. Obvious answer: Some years ago I was infected with the Footnote Bug, which flares up at odd moments.

1.2. The Footnote Bug is viral. Hangs around university settings. No known cure.

2. Surely there must be more interesting ways to force polarity on fiction.

2.1. For example: Happily Ever After (or) End of the World.

5 Replies to “Who wrote this meme, anyway?”

  1. I suspect nothing has generated more memes than memes. It’s that old – ‘everyone loves to edit’ – thing playing out. But the footnotes are better than re-writing or making up a new meme – on with the footnotes please.

  2. Robyn, my dear:

    according to WikiDictionary:

    (loosely) An interactive quiz or survey spread from one user to another on the Internet.

    I’m quite fond of the word, actually. You know I wrote a whole tv pilot with Neighbor Bob built around the idea of Mnemosyne, the mother of the Muses and the goddess of memory. Mimi, for short.

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