TOP TEN ISSUES WITH J.R.Ward’s BDB series:
- The pervasive appropriation and use of rap music and rap culture with not one single person of color present as a regular character directly tied into the plot.
- The use of the word “Moors” to refer to characters who are obviously Black. Trez and iAm are subservient to a white male vampire (Rehvenge) who just happens to be a drug-dealing, club-owning, substance-abusing (not to ignore his “handicap” but still) pimp.
- The absence of women of color and vampires of color.
- The heavy Christian overtones. Just bludgeon me already!
- The heavy references to designer labels. Capitalism and classism, people.
- The homoerotic relationships with no real homosexual couples present in the books are an affront to the queer community as the book currently stands.
- The Scribe Virgin. Period.
- Vishous is a misogynist. I understand the deal with his mom, but, jeez, its so apparent.
- Lover Enshrined. The whole thing.
- Bella, Marissa, Beth, Jane, Cormia, Mary & Rhage. The caveman-eat-from-my-hand-guard-you-with-my-knife-traps-you-in-my-mansion-for the rest of your life-for-”your safety and mine”-but-its-all-your-choice-of-course thing. That’s all I’m saying.