This is my list of some of what I consider my ever-so-slightly problematic authors. Not everyone would agree with calling them ‘problematic’, and that’s okay. For instance, I view all romance novels as slightly problematic, because they reinforce the idea that being in a couple is The Best Way to Be.
To be perfectly clear, I love these authors’ books*. I just have the occasional pang when I talk about them. Some write in genres I have concerns about; some of them have personal politics I disagree with; some I like only a few of their books (but the bits I do like I love with a burning passion). Some are so formulaic, I don’t really know why I love them so much.
On to the list! Again, in no particular order:
- Sharon Shinn
- David Weber
- JD Robb**
- Mercedes Lackey
- Tanith Lee
- Jim Butcher
- Laurell K Hamilton
- Nalini Singh/Charlaine Harris/Sunny/Lynn Viehl/Kresley Cole/JR Ward***
- Jayne Anne Krentz/Amanda Quick
- MaryJanice Davidson
- Meljean Brook
*Well, some of their books; some have series I just can’t get into.
**a pseudonym for Nora Roberts, whose regular works I’m less in love with.
***I think of this as my trash(y) collection.