Riled Up

Dear Mr. Alexander,

I understand the media’s fascination with the whole Tiger Woods sex scandal. I respect your need to report about it and know that stories like this draw interest. I myself waited around this morning to hear the Today Show segment about the recent Vanity Fair article regarding Tiger’s mistresses. What I don’t respect, or understand, is your need to link a $1.37 billion dollar industry, one that comprises the largest share of the consumer fiction market at 13.5%, and the 74.8 million people who read romance novels to Tiger Woods and his scandalous affairs.

If you read a romance novel, you would know that Tiger Woods is not romance novel material, nor is his sex scandal or his trail of mistresses. If you read a romance novel, you would know that romances are centered around two individuals falling in love and the trials and tribulations they go through along the way to grow and develop that relationship. If you read a romance novel, you would know that romances have an emotionally satisfying and positive ending where sacrifices are made by one or both characters to ensure the continuation of that relationship. And finally, if you read a romance novel, you would know that scorned mistresses, lying, cheating celebrities and hurting one’s family all in the name of selfishness are not elements of a romance novel.

Before you make a blanket statement linking romance fiction with Tiger Woods, perhaps you should do your research. The majority of romance readers are highly educated, smart, savvy women who don’t appreciate their fiction of choice being linked to Tiger Woods. Comments like yours are the type that perpetuate the negative stereotype of romance novels. I for one can tell you, you didn’t hit the mark. Not by a long shot.

For more information about romance novels and the romance genre, I invite you to visit Romance Writers of America®, a non-profit trade association dedicated to advancing the professionalism of career-focused romance writers in this country. And if you’d like to read a real romance novel that perpetuates a lasting, committed relationship, email me and I’ll be happy to send you a book. Nowhere in a romance novel will you find “Tiger Woods”.

Elisabeth Naughton
PROUD Romance Reader & Author of Romantic Suspense and Paranormal Novels

The full article by Peter Alexander via the Today Show 3/31/10:

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9 comments to “Riled Up”

  1. Maisey Yates
    March 31st, 2010 at 10:28 am · Link

    If Tiger Woods were ever allowed in a romance novel, he would be the villain. But that is the only role he would ever be able to play.

    It was a ridiculous, uneducated statement, made by someone who clearly has romance novels mixed up with daytime soaps, where betrayal and bed hopping are acceptable behaviors.

    Loved what you said regarding the genre, so very true.

  2. Larissa
    March 31st, 2010 at 10:35 am · Link

    Wow. I agree with Maisey…he got “soap opera” mixed up with “romance novel.”

    And yes, Tiger would be the villain, or the slimeball ex who damaged the heroine enough that she has a hard time trusting a decent guy (the actual hero.)

    I love the Today Show, but they got it dumb this time.

  3. Danielle Yockman
    March 31st, 2010 at 10:40 am · Link

    That reporter needs a crash course in what a romance novel is. That kind of behavior would never be tolerated in a romance hero! Soap opera is right. 👿 That’s just not how we roll. Someone should comment on the Today show site and link them to this post! LOL!

  4. Paula Quinn
    March 31st, 2010 at 10:53 am · Link

    Bravo! Beautifully said! Elisabeth, you’re my new heroine 🙂

  5. Violet
    March 31st, 2010 at 11:05 am · Link

    Well said! Thank you for writing and sharing this letter! 🙂

  6. azteclady
    March 31st, 2010 at 3:54 pm · Link

    Ignorant speaking head *shrug*

  7. MJ
    March 31st, 2010 at 4:50 pm · Link

    Well said, E! I hadn’t heard this one.

  8. Melissa
    April 4th, 2010 at 10:25 am · Link

    Totally spot ON, Elisabeth. And gah, personally? I’ve heard enought about Tiger, thankyouverymuch.

  9. Fanny Fan
    April 13th, 2010 at 11:02 pm · Link


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