Before I get down to the review of The V Girl, let me announce the winner of the March giveaway. There is definitely something about winning a competition. You enter, thinking that you won’t be the winner, but then, you realize that you’re not so unlucky after all.
I’d like to congratulate Del Moos. You have won the March giveaway. I’ll contact you soon to send you a print edition of Trelloran Seduction. Congratulations!
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Review: The V Girl; reflections on Trelloran Seduction
There are so many things I want to say about this book by Mya Robarts. Firstly, I want to applaud its obvious courage. There are things in this book that I was afraid to face. I was afraid to describe the reality of rape, and I realized this while I was reading The V Girl.
In many ways, my own book, Trelloran Seduction, avoids the realism of rape: the blood and the often permanent injuries that result. The fantasy world of Trelloran Seduction and the use of characters like vampires, gods and nymphs allowed scenes of hyperbolic abuses and healing that couldn’t happen in reality. It made for a stylized world that detracts from reality.
In a way, I regret that. Yes, some readers might be shocked by that statement.
One of my readers waited until we were face to face to tell me how she felt about my book. Honestly, she looked at me as though I were a monster for writing about such an unpleasant topic. I just don’t understand that mentality. It is just a book, and it is pure fantasy; some people’s realities don’t end up in a happy-ever-after!
I understand people want to read for pleasure, but I felt as though this reader thought this issue was irrelevant. After having read some of the 1 and 2 star ratings The V Girl received, I realized some readers will react this way about a book that explores sexual abuse, rape culture, and a world that revolves around that.
The overall goals of The V Girl differs
My book told a slightly different story. While The V Girl makes reference to women being thought of as ‘baby carriers’, I wrote specific scenes of thousands of women existing solely to give birth to children, and the horrific nature of those scenes was intentional. If we follow this kind of thinking through, women would and have ended up losing their rights and being treated as little more than machines to make children. Even the 2007 Australian Labor Party deputy leader, Julia Gillard, was openly ridiculed because she didn’t want to have children. The pressure we all feel to reproduce is justified by religious thinking that permeates western society:
Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth.” Genesis 9:1
It is as much a prison for men as it is for women. Overwhelmingly though, my goals for Trelloran Seduction was to focus on hope and healing; a woman is never the sum of her experience of sexual abuse. We are not perpetual victims. Those were and are my goals.
Sex and rape have nothing in common
I think The V Girl argues on a different slant. It makes a distinction between rape and sex. It narrows the experience of rape to that of a war situation, when in fact, it can happen anywhere. Or perhaps, interpreted differently, it classifies our reality as a war against rape and sexual abuse. However you want to interpret it, The V Girl describes rape as an animal-like behavior that is carried out by members of either sex upon members of either sex; it also emphasizes that many of those on the receiving end are women.
Don’t read this book if you’re only looking for a good time
This book has graphic representations of rape and violence, but it does NOT glorify rape. It doesn’t engage in the mere feel-good eroticism that you will see in many erotic romances. However, it does depict erotic scenes–the kind of scenes that fit with characterization and the story as a whole. It was worth the read.
A book that pulls punches and as well it should!
I could outline the weaknesses of this book, but I won’t. I want to talk about the successes instead.
I didn’t agree with all of its messages, but I wholeheartedly agreed with its overall emphasis that women are not sex slaves; we are not sexual objects for the gratification of men or other women; men and women have an equal right to sexual pleasure. I also thought that the way in which friends who turn into monsters was an extraordinary insight that you wouldn’t see in a book just slapped together.
Quite a bit of thought and research went into this book. Many sexual predators are known to those who experience the abuse. The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that 60% of sexual predators are known to the children they abuse. That’s a frightening statistic that just can’t go unnoticed.
If you haven’t read The V Girl yet, go ahead and pick it up at Amazon. It is worth the read. I found it thought-provoking, not only because it deals with an important issue we all need to face, but because of the political slant and biblical references (yep, I agree. Religious thinking that women are subservient to men justify discrimination and even rape in the minds of some men, and in some cases, women. No, I’m not saying that all Christians support rape and sexual abuse–many of them are directly opposed to it; I’m saying that some religions encourage thinking that women are objects to be ruled over).