"Women's fiction": because we only read Danielle Steel
by Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux
I don't know what I bought on Amazon that convinced them I am interested in "women's fiction". This may seem odd to you, considering that I run a feminist blog, but you haven't heard what exactly "women's fiction" is - every few months, Amazon sends me a helpful email advertising choice works such as Love in Bloom by Sheila Roberts, One Day at a Time by Danielle Steel, and of course the classic Vision in White (The Wedding Quartet, Book 1) by Nora Roberts (because of course every mention of my wedding day sends me into a tizzy of excitement...I can barely type just thinking about it!).
But seriously, there are so many things that are problematic about these ads that I doubt I can count them on two hands. Yes, Amazon is only trying to sell their books - yes, this is a particularly weak marketing ploy. But I would really, really like to think that whoever is putting these ads together has more respect for me - and my fellow females - than to assume that all we're interested in reading are book forms of the Lifetime channel.