By A. Catherine Noon On Aug 10 2012, 12:35 am
Fantasy is fun. We imagine ourselves as the characters, vanquishing enemies or being swept off our feet by a romantic hero. Then there’s M/M romance. Why is it so compelling? Its primary audience is not gay men, but women.
I’m not sure I have a definitive answer, even though I write M/M romance. My theory is that it’s the ultimate fantasy. Two men, developing a relationship, sometimes in spite of themselves, interests us.
One of the most fascinating parts for me as a writer is the idea that the two characters in the romance are both men, and have the usual challenges that men have. Men in our culture are taught to be strong, authoritative, and not emotionally demonstrative. While the craggy Marlboro man can be an attractive romantic stereotype, it makes it more challenging when we want to write a romance with two men. Creating characters that aren’t thinly-disguised females is challenging, but when it’s done right, it can be fun to read.
What M/M romances have you read recently? What are your favorites?
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