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Two issues have bugged me recently, both from Facebooks posts, and they’re kind of connected so I’m going to roll them up into one blog post.
It could be summed up in one phrase. The author decides what to write.
Not the reader, not the reviewer, and not the publisher.
It doesn’t mean to say the publisher should publish books they don’t want to, or that readers should read books they don’t like, or that reviewers have to give five stars to every book. But the person putting in the work is the author.
Who decides on the plot? Who writes the characters? Who spends hours writing the story? The author does.
What bothers me is the sense of entitlement some (not all) readers seem to have about certain elements of our stories. Like including women in the story. You know, the other 50% of the world’s population. We write about a central relationship of two men, yet some (not all) readers seem to think a woman shouldn’t dare to tread in the book.
- ex-girlfriends (because you know, some men are bisexuals),
- ex-wives (see above and some got married because of family/society pressures),
- any other reason a woman just might be in breathing distance.
You might be one of those people that think a love-story between two men should exclude all traces of she and her. Maybe a lesbian romance should exclude all traces of he and him. Let’s just keep our heroes excluded from the rest of the world. Let’s not give them any background at all.
I’m going to admit that what makes me really annoyed is the “EWWWWWW!” whenever anything related to women appears in a book.
Dear women readers… why are you EWWWWWWing about your own sex? Suddenly female genitalia makes you feel sick? Do you look down and shriek “Oh no! Boobs and vagina! Take them away!” How can you be open to the idea of a relationship between two men and suddenly hate your own sex? A woman character isn’t suddenly going to run through the M/M book and declare a Happy Ever After with one of guys. Strangely enough it wouldn’t be an M/M.
Look, the authors know that they’re writing about two (or multiples thereof) of men. Seriously, they’re not stupid. Some choose to include women, some don’t. We all write our own thing.
And that comes to my other point. I’ll make it quick. Don’t tell me not to play in your sandpit. Women have been excluded far too long from genres because a few dudes decide it’s their exclusive domain. The only exception I can think of is romance where men have come up against the same barriers. If I want to write X, Y and Z, I’m going to write, with women, with unicorns – it’s my choice as an author.
Okay, now it’s your turn. How do you feel about what I’ve said? You can let rip.
Title: Summer’s Song
Author: Sue Brown
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 08/25/2015
Cover Artist: Meredith Russell
Genre: M/M Romance, Young Adult
Jesse longs for the bell signaling the end of the school year. For Jesse, the summer vacation means leaving the bullies behind, and making the long journey to stay with his aunts and meet up with his best friends, Suzie and Kevin. This year is no different, until Jesse meets Neal, who flirts and laughs as he serves Jesse ice-cream. Jesse is flattered until one of his friends turns on him and suddenly his summer vacation doesn’t seem like the escape it’s always been. Can Neal’s gentle attention help Jesse feel better again?
About Sue Brown
Sue Brown is owned by her dog and two children. When she isn’t following their orders, she can be found plotting at her laptop. In fact she hides so she can plot and has got expert at ignoring the orders.
Sue discovered M/M erotica at the time she woke up to find two men kissing on her favourite television series. The kissing was hot and tender and Sue wanted to write about this men. She may be late to the party, but she’s made up for it since, writing fan fiction until she was brave enough to venture out into the world of original fiction.
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