In the past ten years or so while I've been working online I've run across different situations that made me stop and think. I remember following one publishing blog about five years ago where the same people read the posts and commented daily as their routine. Blog readers established an online community, and eventually the entire comment thread became what almost resembled an open seminar in a college. At one point, one of the regulars in the online community went through a bad time and his home burned down. When that happened all the people who had been frequenting this particular blog banned together, formed a support group, and started a small foundation to provide him and his family shelter, clothing, and other things they'd lost in the fire. It was a remarkable thing to watch so much love. And it's not something I see often. In fact I haven't seen anything like this since the recent health crisis with T.J. Klune and Eric Arvin.
And this time instead of a small online community formed around a blog, it's much larger and far more emotional. The M/M Romance community has banned together to not only offer emotional support to Klune and Arvin, but also financial support. When I posted about this here on the blog last Saturday I think they had raised about six thousand dollars and the original goal was ten thousand. You can now check out this link to the web site where they are having the fundraiser and see that it's reached thirty-one thousand. And I have to admit this is the first time I've ever seen this huge show of support and such and outpouring of emotion in any part of the publishing community.
I have to admit that for me it's sometimes difficult to follow because I went through something very similar to what Klune and Arvin are going through right now when Tony was hospitalized in 2007. I've always considered myself a strong person who can take a lot, but each time I see something on social media I get so emotional and so many memories return from 2007, I can't stay there for long at any one given time. And in the same respect, I try to stay and read all the comments and updates. I get just as emotional in a more positive way watching so many people from all over the world offer support on so many levels. So I've been following and offering as much support from a distance as I can. And if this is any indication of how caring the M/M romance community can be I think it speaks very loudly for the people who publish, read, and write M/M romance.
$1 Million on Romance Study
This isn't a web site I normally go to for info or even pleasure reading, but when I did a simple search I couldn't find anything about the topic which means the mainstream media is going blank on it for one reason or another and they want it to disappear. In any event, it seems the federal government spent about one million dollars on a study focused on romance novels.
The federal government has spent nearly $1 million studying romance in popular culture, according to a new report that targets government waste.
The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded $914,000 to help fund The Popular Romance Project since 2010, an ongoing study that explores “the fascinating, often contradictory origins and influences of popular romance as told in novels, films, comics, advice books, songs, and internet fan fiction.”
The fact is people who don't read romance don't get romance. They never have and never will. Of course they are calling this government waste because these types often slam romance. If it had been a study on mainstream fiction about a long dull bestseller that people use on coffee tables to impress other others I doubt they'd be calling it government waste. And when you think about it one million dollars may be a great deal of money to most Americans but it's virtually nothing compared to what the government really wastes money on. Frankly, I'd like to see a government study done on pop culture with political pundits who try to pass themselves off as journalists...on both sides of the political spectrum from ultra conservative Sean Hannity to left wing liberal Rachel Maddow. They're the ones we should really be studying because they're making millions manipulating good people on both sides.
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