So, I’m getting back to some reading, since I’ve been mired in Stargate Atlantis marathons on a daily basis, and catching up, (getting addicted to the McShep) and my reading has taken a serious nosedive. So I’m reading two books at the same time.
Strange Meeting by Susan Hill – a critically acclaimed homosexual story set in WW1; and
His Master’s Lover by Nick Heddle – a m/m romance set just after WW2
And it struck me, as I read Strange Meeting, how very different m/m and gay literature can be. can (and it isn’t always, I consider some m/m to be as good literature as any that Andre Aciman, Ms Hill or Ms Waters can write)
So here, just for my own amusement and are my vies on the differences between gay fiction and M/M.
|The book will begin with lush, often surreal description. Weather, landscape, internal thoughts, perhaps a journey being taken||The book will begin with an introduction to the protagonist – if not both.|
|The first interaction between the main protagonists may take a while, and when they do meet they will have a long conversation, peppered with long pauses, more description of the landscape, and talk of nothing personal. They won’t immediately be friends.||The first interaction between the main protagonists will involve a lot of mental leering, some witty banter, touches of skin somehow, and probably some stiffening. Either that, or they’ll hate each other.|
|There will be NO – repeat NO mention of the word homosexuality. As the friendship grows there will be nothing more than a gradual dependence on each other and a desire to see more of each other. (alternated with much description of landscape, and possibly some weather.)||Both men will be aware that they are different, (if a historical) or if a contemporary will be loud and proud.|
|If there is any physical contact, it will be in the form of a manly hug that is regretted instantly and angsted much over||Sexual contact takes place in chapter four.|
|By the time the protagonist realises that he’s love!!!! with another man, all is lost and there’s nothing for it but someone’s death, or separation for their own good.||After a humungous amount of shagging, the protags decide to shack up/get married.|
|Bleak last section with more landscape.||Happy Ever After with added shaggage!|
So, yes, I’m not being serious.
I love both types with a passion and am happy when they are seperate and am happy when they have the differences.
But I have to say, reading Strange Meeting, I did get a point when I just started to giggle and I said to my cat, who was curled up on my shoulders, “Yanno, if this was a m/m, they’d be shagging already – and they’d be a LOT happier.”