Someone pointed out a review to me regarding a very good book a reviewer/readers didn’t like and what she did not like about it was….wait for it…the heroine in the story is a black female lead. I said to myself, what is wrong with a female of any race or nationality finding love with a man of another race or nationality?
Why is it such a problem? Why can’t a female lead in a book be a black female who finds love with an Asain, Italian, Greek, Hispanic, or Russian male? I have always been taught ‘love knows no color.’ Why should black female leads always be portrayed in books as crackheads, whores, baby mamas, or weak? Why can’t she fall in love with a Uri, Nikos, Aljendro or a member of the mafia, a businessman, a billionaire, or a member of a motorcycle club?
The interracial multicultural genre is refreshing and something I can relate too. Don’t get me wrong, I grew up reading authors like Virginia Henly, Jude Deveraux, Johanna Lindsey, just to name a few.
What is wrong with humanity? Have we become so desensitized? Why do reviewers/readers feel that they have the license to just say whatever comes to mind? There is a difference between constructive criticism and outright criticizing not caring that authors give a part of themselves when they write books and that your words cut clean to the heart when they are not tempered.
I might be a little hard in my reviews. The reviews are not to cut a person down, but to help them see that it wasn’t the best work that could have been put out. I was always told you to write for your audience.
Black female leads need the love of a strong man too!