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Racist Author Jamie McGuire Dragged Again Upon News of Romance Book Adaptation

It's giving, unoriginal and derivative.

Screenshot of TikTok showing Mcguire cheering on Jan. 6 insurrection. Brown girl facepalming emoji. (Image: Raimey Gallant and Alyssa Shotwell.)

Deadline reports that director Roger Kumble’s latest YA romance film, Beautiful Disaster (an adaption of a book by author Jamie McGuire), has started filming in Bulgaria. While I first noticed the inclusion of Dylan Sprouse (as one of my eras’ Disney Channel stars), it is McGuire rightfully getting all the attention:

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What’s the deal with Jamie McGuire?

To talk about half the stuff the woman has said would need its own article. Mcguire remains a horrid person with a popular series from 2012 rivaling bad fanfic. She cites debunked crime stats and conspiracies ranging from the blatantly (rehashed) anti-semitic to anti-Covid safety (masks, vaccine, etc.). On every platform she resides (Facebook, Parler, etc.), McGuire spews racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, and all-around hate garbage. But, lest you point that out, and you’ll be called the actual racist. The recycled material should show you everything you need to know about her writing, too.

McGuire isn’t all mask-off all the time, though. For example, when Ahmaud Arbery was chased and murdered by two white men while jogging, she posted a petition linking on her author’s Facebook page. However, on her private one, she shared a video of everyone’s (current) favorite Black conservative, Candance Owens, slandering the man and trying to blame him for his death. Owens is a favorite of McGuire (like other white nationalists) because she can point at agreeing with her as a paper shield proving she’s not racist. McGuire also played “devil’s advocate” on George Floyd’s murder, too.

After years of her racism and homophobic behavior, Marsal Lyon Literary took until August of 2020 to stop representing McGuire. There were too many connections to Proud Boys, white supremacists, etc. to ignore, I guess. While bigotry can be very profitable to indie authors (McGuire isn’t the only big name, but the only one I’ll name), it’s riskier for publishers. They have to think about a wider group of people they employ and the authors they represent.

What no one asked for

The success of Shonda Rhimes’ adaptation of Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton (which over 82 million accounts watched) on Netflix proved that the demand is there for romance adaptations. On the subject of Netflix, the adult comedy Always Be My Maybe and Jenny Han’s YA series To All The Boy’s I’ve Loved Before show that Brigderton wasn’t the big, expensive gamble non-romance fans thought it was.

What’s confusing to many readers is out of all the popular, successful romance novels and series, why McGuire’s book? In addition to people calling out the bad writing, her book is a physically abusive love story. Some of the passages are hard to stomach and make Twilight look tame.

Only this year venturing into an adult, fiction romance more deliberately with Alyssa Cole’s Reluctant Royals and Runaway Royal series, I don’t personally have many suggestions—mostly because I know there’s probably going to be five white adaptations for every one couple of color. Half of those will be interracial, with one partner having to be white. I didn’t make the rules; these are just observations.

Anyways, for the romance readers out there, what books (YA or 18+) not written by a white supremacist bigot (the new floor) would you love to see adapted into a movie or TV series?

(via Deadline, image: Raimey Gallant and Alyssa Shotwell.)

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Alyssa Shotwell
(she/her) Award-winning artist and writer with professional experience and education in graphic design, art history, and museum studies. She began her career in journalism in October 2017 when she joined her student newspaper as the Online Editor. This resident of the yeeHaw land spends most of her time drawing, reading and playing the same handful of video games—even as the playtime on Steam reaches the quadruple digits. Currently playing: Baldur's Gate 3 & Oxygen Not Included.

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