M&B: 'hate speech' or 'escapist treat'?

<p>The Guardian asks two writers to speak for and against Mills &amp; Boon, as the publishers turns 100. Daisy Cummins explains why she is proud to write for the company, while Julie Bindel just wishes the books would go away.</p><p>Cummins begins: &quot;Mills &amp; Boon books have long been an easy flogging horse. Many assume they are only read by the hopelessly unfashionable and out of touch, desperate for tales of helpless heroines swept off their feet by dashing, mildly brutish heroes.&quot;</p><p>Bindel writes: &quot;My loathing of M&amp;B novels has nothing to do with snobbery. I could not care less if the books are trashy, formulaic or pulp fiction - Martina Cole novels, which I love, are also formulaic. But I do care about the type of propaganda perpetuated by M&amp;B. I would go so far as to say it is misogynistic hate speech.&quot;<br /></p>