Should I Be Shamed For Reading Smut? | Rants & Rambles

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The title for this discussion may be a tad dramatic, but it’s a thought that has been on my mind for the past few weeks. If you follow my blog or check out my Goodreads shelves, then you know that I am a HUGE lover of contemporary romances, more specifically, the New Adult genre. New Adult is the genre that initially got me back into reading and I will be forever grateful to it. With that being said, I have to say that I’m a little taken aback by the amount of hate that the New Adult genre gets. Trust me people, it DOES get hate, I’ve read the articles. I’ve seen the tweets. I completely understand that this genre has a number of problematic issues (trust me, I have my issues with NA books as well), but writing off the genre completely as being nothing more than a “trashy fuckfest” is not right either.

Let’s shed some light on the origins of NA. This genre was created for two reasons: (1) readers going off to college were looking to read books that showed characters dealing with similar struggles as them (e.g., leaving the nest, self-discovery and choosing a career) and (2) because of Twilight fanfic. I kid you not, Twilight is a major contributor to the NA genre, with Edward representing your typical ‘alpha-male’ and Bella representing your ‘special snowflake’. Yeah, so clearly not the best foundation for a genre, but still not a reason to trash it!

I admit, I have my issues with NA. The lack of diversity, the repetitive plot line, the excessive use of certain tropes, and the cringe-worthy covers are just a few, but I think we forget that this genre is still fairly new. It’s still trying to figure it’s shit out and I also believe that authors are starting to listen to their readers and are taking into consideration their wants and needs. With that being said, if NA is so problematic, should I be shamed for reading it? Should I be embarrassed that I read the “so-called bullshit” that is NA?

Here’s the deal. I spend most of my day reading clinical notes, dealing with patients and trying to figure out the mumbo-jumbo crap of insurance policies. So when the clock strikes five and I’m free to read, my brain doesn’t want to read a book that requires deep thought and analyzation. I WANT TO INDULGE IN THE SMUTTY READS, my friends! And I WANT NOT TO SHAMED FOR IT

Reasons Why I Read New Adult

Relatability: I am the targeted age for NA, so I do relate to a lot of the issues these characters face. It may be turned up a notched and overly dramatic, but I still can relate to it and that’s what I like most. Being able to read a story where someone is facing the same struggles as me as seeing them overcome them gives me a sense of hope that things will work out in time.

♥ Emotional Connection: I am an emotional reader. I need to feel a connection with the characters in order to like a book and I usually find myself connecting more with MCs in the NA genre than any other genre. I haven’t figured out why this happens, but some of my favorite characters are from NA books and I like majority of them, despite their flaws.

♥ Entertainment: I personally like the way NA is written, with the excessive use of profanity and shenanigans. Some call it vile, but I curse like a sailor so I can’t really judge these authors for their choice of words. Plus, shenanigans are entertaining as fuck, why wouldn’t one want to read about them?

♥ Ahh…the Sex: What would NA be without all the ‘hot and bothered’ characters? Listen, the way I see it, sex is natural. If authors want to write about angsty MCs who just want to go at it, then that’s fine by me. As long as there is promotion of positive and safe sex (no glove, no love people), then I’m not too bothered.

New Adult has a long way to go as a genre and the ride is definitely going to be a bumpy one, but we shouldn’t write off the genre completely and those who read the genre shouldn’t be thought of as being ‘less of’. We should all be able to read whatever we want without being judge for it. So please, let me indulge in the smuttiness in peace!


Let me just end this by saying that there ARE good NA books out there, but finding them won’t be easy. Think of it this way, finding love isn’t easy so take your time when scouring the shelves for a romance. Don’t judge a book by it’s cover, especially when it comes to NA, because those covers are absolutely ridiculous. Now excuse me while I continue my current smutty read!

That is all for this week’s Rants & Rambles. I hope you enjoyed my random thoughts!

Have you ever been shamed for the books you read?

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38 thoughts on “Should I Be Shamed For Reading Smut? | Rants & Rambles

  1. I do not care for book snobbery of any kind.
    Please read whatever you want.
    I do not like the idea of looking down on someone for what they read. At lest they are reading. If all someone reads are mid-grade fantasy novels, they should not be shamed. If ladyporn is what you crave, then by all means, indulge yourself, Ma’am.
    Happy Reading!
    ~Icky. 🙂

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  2. oh YES! I do love my NA smutty books. Fun fact, I started reading NA after reading a lot of smutty fanfic from the Shatter Me trilogy. NOT EVEN SORRY. I love the genre, yes it does have a lot of problems, but when done right, it’s amazing. I love it because it’s always entertaining and relatable on some level. And also the sex. Not even gonna lie about that. Great post 😉

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  3. Great post! I loved reading this because I’ve never read an NA book before. I would be interested in picking one up now after reading this. I actually teach a Genre Studies class, and we just read an article (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lauren-sarner/the-problem-with-new-adul_b_3755165.html) in which someone criticizes NA not for its content, but for the fact that we seem to be creating way too many genre labels that imply you have to be a certain age to read certain genres. It’s quite interesting. But I digress. I would love to see you do a post on some NA books you would recommend (especially for people like me who haven’t read any!), if you haven’t already done a post like that 🙂 Again, really cool post!

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    • This was actually the article that inspired my post. I read it when I was first getting into the NA to learn more about the genre. I do have to say I disagree with her saying that NA is seen as a form of “training wheels”. Personally, I think it does need to be a genre in of itself because it is different than YA and adult. The issues tackled are more relatable to those between the ages of 18-25. Plus, NA is usually set in college so it’s different from a high school setting. I know NA has it’s issues, but it’s not that bad, you just have to look for the good ones.

      Everyone always ask me to rec NA books, but I know most of the books I read are problematic. They are also dark and not easy reads so that’s why I’m always hesitant when it comes to recommending NA. I will say that I started out reading all the popular NA books and then I started looking at NA indie authors. I prefer the indie writers, but that’s because they’re not afraid to cross boundaries and plus I love a good cry! 😄

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  4. Love this topic. I completely agree with everything you’ve said. I’m at the point where I don’t care anymore if people think less of me because I read some NA fluff. Some of my all time favorite books are in the NA genre.

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  5. This was a discussion that NEEDED to be said. I feel as with NA it catches so much shit, but honestly, there are so many amazing titles within the genre. You and I both know that there are still issues that even we have a problem with, but so does YA! I’m a proud smut-reader, and I’ll never look down, or talk down to someone because of their reading preference. All new adult lovers UNITE! Haha, great discussion girl, I wish I could discuss topics and such a classy manner lol

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    • Thank you, Tika! We NA lovers need to stick together! I was tired of all the hate NA gets. There are things wrong with every genre, but that doesn’t mean we have to put it down. Instead, we should try to fix these problems to make the genre better. I love NA and I’m a damn proud lover of smut! 😄

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  6. I can always count on NA to get me out of a reading slump. Always. I know my friends call it “porn reads” but I personally enjoy my smutty reads. I agree I have issues with some of the things in NA but I do connect more with those characters than any other book.

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  8. I don’t think there is anything wrong with reading NA, smut, YA, Romance or even full on erotica. One thing I absolutely hate is book shaming, it doesn’t matter what you like to read, nobody should ever make you feel ashamed for reading what you like. Enjoy your NA!

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  9. I love this post!! I absolutely agree with you – there’s nothing wrong with reading NA! The older we get, the more variety readers want on their bookshelf, and that includes smutty content! I don’t think anyone should be judged for what they read, especially since reading is such a personal hobby (even though we share this with each other through book blogging). Fantastic post! 🙂 ❤

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    • I totally agree with you about our reading taste changing as we get older because I was never into contemporary until I started college 😅. I’m really glad that blogging has helped me to find other bloggers who enjoy the same books as me. Fangirling by myself is not fun!

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  10. I feel like I can’t thank you enough for writing this!! I feel like people bash romance/smut/NA readers soo much because of our reading preferences. I’ve read so many amazing NA books that have left me speechless (even if they have smut in them). Sure there are problems with the genre, but every genre has problems. And NA has grown A LOT from when I first started reading it a few years ago. It’s nice to know that there are other proud lovers of these books because us smut lovers have to stick together 😀

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    • Lol, no need to thank me. I was just tired of all the shade being thrown at the genre, especially by people who don’t even read the genre. I totally agree that NA has grown a lot and they are less “Twilight-esque”, which thank god for because I like my female MCs to be independent badasses XD. #TeamSmut for life!

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  12. Thanks for this. If I am totally honest, the fact that I haven’t yet read any NA does have to do with the negative way people talk about it. I guess there’s a part of me that feels embarrassed to start reading the books, even though I know just from the summaries that I would be totally into them. You’re right, we shouldn’t feel shamed for our reading choices.

    Now I’m going to go and finally order a Colleen Hoover book.

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