I started Trailer Park of Emotion back in 2014. The idea for it came to me while I was doing what was probably my 3rd or 4th re-read of Laurell K. Hamilton’s Merry Gentry series. I had been a fan of LKH for a long time, though once she went off the rails with her sexy times in the Anita Blake series, she kind of lost me. I’m no prude, I don’t care who/what/where/why/when/how a sex scene takes place; in fact, it can typically help drive some sort of emotion in a book. If well done.
LKH’s sex scenes are not well done. They are entertaining to read, sure, but that’s mostly because of how ridiculous in nature they’ve become.
Since the Anita Blake series started off as a fairly standard urban fantasy series (though I will give it credit for being fairly instrumental to bringing new fans to the genre!), once it veered hard into the paranormal romance realm, it turned a lot of fans off. There was much complaining. At the time, I was a pretty regular follower of LKH’s blog, and to see her response to the fan outrage was a bit, well, disappointing and insulting. She essentially blamed the fans for not being able to handle how real her books are. The entire post just reeks of a “you’re just jealous” attitude, especially when she starts talking about how much money she makes from the book sales. I think her whole attitude around these “negative readers” really turned me off of her for a time. I stuck with the series, though, because I did at one point have a genuine love for the series and Anita. I kept hoping for it to change, for it to “get better”, but once I realized that this was it now, I stuck with the series. No longer for any love or hope that it would change, but to see just how far it’d go.
The Merry Gentry series allowed LKH to write her sex scenes without any sort of excuses. Here was a new character (who’s essentially a blatant copy of Anita just faerie) who started off being overly sexual, so LKH already had that base built. I’ve never had the same feelings toward Merry as I did with Anita; I knew going into the series that it would be all that I disliked about the Anita Blake series. But I read them anyway because, like any good reader, I basically devour books too quickly for my own good. I’m a very fast reader, and I actually enjoy re-reading series. The Anita Blake/Merry Gentry series are not challenging books to read, and I can usually finish them in a few days. Sometimes, you need to read an easy, less challenging book. These are what I like to read during times of high stress, like when I was finishing up my degree or am bogged down at work.
As I powered through the series for the 3rd or 4th time, near the end of the 4th book in the series, A Stroke of Midnight, I came across this sex scene. This entire scene, all 2-ish chapters of it, which made me go “I need to do something about this”, and thus, the blog was born. I wanted my friends to have to suffer through this the same way I did. I decided to do full chapter recaps/reviews as a way to a) provide a thorough walkthrough of the series, and b) insert my sense of humor into it. I’ve gone back and re-read my entire blog a few times (especially just before starting it over again on here) and I don’t know about you guys, but I at least find myself funny. I truly hope you do too 🙂
Anyway, THAT SCENE. That very sex scene. Well, it will be posted tomorrow (December 20th) and Friday (December 21st). This is the moment I’ve been waiting for with this blog, and I really, really hope everyone finds it just as WTF-worthy as I did all those years ago.
The rest of the series sort of wavers between meh-okay sex scenes and more WTF scenes, surrounded with an actual story I don’t really find all that memorable or intriguing. I’m going to continue with the Merry Gentry series since we’re already halfway through it, they’re easy to recap/review, and I’m a completionist and need my 100% award on this.
I will note that I don’t hate or dislike LKH. She’s a very successful author doing what she loves to do every single day. If anything, I am a bit jealous of her, but there’s nothing holding me back from being just as successful as an author as her except my own failure to write a novel. It’s all on me. I hope one day to remedy this, but at this time in my life I’m just too full of excuses to try. But LKH did help to spark my love of urban fantasy, and from there I was able to discover so many amazing authors and series that I’ll always be thankful for those early Anita Blake books.
Anyway, I hope you are all prepared for the sex scene of all sex scenes which will be posted over the next two days. This scene is the entire reason this blog exists, and I’m so grateful for its existence.