Friday, January 24, 2014

Incest Wins Lifetime Best Ratings; M/M Romance and Women

Incest Wins Lifetime Best Ratings

I think this title is a little misleading, but by no means completely off. The title of the article to which I'm linking is Flowers in the Attic Earns Lifetime Best Ratings Since 2012. However, it's no secret that a huge part of the plot in this storyline deals with incest in the most obvious way.

I'm also not judging the content by any means. I'm just stating a fact. And I'm doing that because of the recent censorship at retail e-book web sites where more books than I can count were taken down as a result of a misguided article from the misleading web site, The Kernel. This brand of censorship also happened with PayPal not too long ago. And I've even posted about a TV show where Ryan Murphy's American Horror got into rape, pedophilia, and bestiality one night in the most blatant way...much the same way Flowers in the Attic gets into incest.

 If you missed "Flowers" you can catch an encore presentation after this weekend's upcoming premiere of another Lifetime original movie, "Lizzie Borden Took An Ax," which stars Christina Ricci.

Not a mention of incest anywhere in the article.

Again, I'm not judging or even commenting on Flowers in the Attic. But authors, especially erotic and romance authors, have always gone by specific guidelines with most publishers. And in those guidelines it is always stated that there are certain places authors will not go. Among those places are bestiality, incest, rape, and pedophilia.

And recently thousands of authors, both self-pubbed and those with publishers, had books taken down at retail web sites where e-books are sold because the titles of covers *suggested* there might be taboo topics in the storylines thanks to search engines. I have had this happen to me twice, once with a book titled Skater Boy. There was nothing taboo in the book, and nothing coming even close to the topics in Flowers in the Attic and American Horror, but the search engine picked up the word boy, assumed my story was barely legal content, and my book was taken down as a result.

And when TV shows can get away with all kind of taboo topics and authors who write erotic romance can't, I'm starting to think there's something seriously wrong in one direction or the other.

Side note: I have never personally written anything considered "taboo."

 M/M Romance and Women



When I saw this next post on social media earlier today I wanted to post about it for the women who read gay romance...or male/male romance. There have been other articles like it, but the fact that Cleis Press shared this article on social media was interesting to me. As if they had just discovered that women like reading M/M romance. Cleis Press is one of the oldest and most respected LGBTI publishers in the US. I've been published by them many times in collections and anthologies and I've always loved working with their editors.

I was a little shocked the article didn't know much about M/M romance, and the people who commented knew even less. But I guess I shouldn't be shocked all that much. I'm sure a lot of people don't know about it...at least not yet.

A friend posted a video of two men kissing the other day and the response from women was, shall we say, heated… as in, every single woman who responded thought it was hot. Granted, there was some selection bias, but it was enough to get me thinking. So I did some shallow digging and uncovered a comparatively large cache of media, mostly written, though there’s plenty of visual too, (cheeky little gifs), that cater to women who love watching homoerotic situations and / or gay sex. The fact that M/M erotica and porn do very well with the female demographic, (and not just in the gay community), tells me there’s something there. What I’d love to do is figure out what that something might be.

Well, my dear blogger, I've been writing gay fiction for over twenty years and if you want to really figure out what that might be, just read my anthology where women authors who love M/M Romance wrote short stories that included women and gay characters within each storyline. I know I gained a great deal of insight while I was editing it. And I don't think there is another book like it anywhere.

It's called The Women Who Love to Love Gay Romance and you can purchase it here for .99. Or, even better, you can find it here at ARe for free. That should tell you all you need to know, or at least it's a good start because these stories come from the heart of the women who read M/M romance. And although there is sex, that's NOT what it's all about.

And if that's not enough, check out Ravenous Romance, Riverdaleavenuebooks, Dreamspinner Press, Wilde City Press, and Silver Publishing...to just name a few off the top of my head who know all about M/M Romance and how women love reading it.

Here's the article, in full.



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