It seems like there are big things in the genre that should get some kind of... I don't know, we need an affirmation action, to handle issues such as racism (drop by Monica Jackson's blog sometime - the link is on your left), homophobia, and other issues of the kind.
It does seem though that before the age of the blogs, reading seems like a more uncomplicated matter. I get a book, I read it, and that's pretty much as far as the experience goes. Now, I find myself thinking about racism, homophobia, crazy authors, mean girls, trends, sales numbers, et cetera. It does seem as if reading isn't just enough, it's also about Bigger Things and Even Bigger Pictures.
What frustrates me sometimes is that I'm the kind of person who can really get too caught up with a cause. I would love to see a bigger readership for AA romances, ebooks, and such because I'm like that. I like to champion underdogs. I don't like it when it seems as if some people are given the shaft. And it frustrates me to realize that I'm only a reader, I can't do anything beyond nodding my head to Monica Jackson, and sometimes I don't even know why I am getting worked up, heh.
I think I'm going to take a deep breath and... I don't know, maybe find out about Big Things only a few days a week. More time is needed to devote myself to the simple and uncomplicated matter of reading without worrying too much about the Big Picture. I'm not saying that we shouldn't talk about Big Issues and Bigger Matters - we should, since we care about the genre - but I think I need to also remind myself that I'm only a reader and sometimes there isn't much I can do other than keep reading! It is very easy to become jaded with the genre because of all the Big Issues floating around, and in my case, I should be careful not to become even more jaded.
Oh, and came across this cover by Anne Cain. Click on the thumbnail to see a bigger and clearer version.
I like it, but I wish she has alerted me first before using my harem boyfriend #455 as her cover model...