Prevalence of Injuries and Illness in M/M Books. Do gay men really hum? 69 for all:)

abigail cut and runHere’s Stuart’s weekly dose. You do remember Stuart, our regular correspondent that most of you have come to love (or dare I say, want to kick to the curb)?*g* I think he has a point in his most current beef. I’m wondering if a few authors ran out of plot bunnies and used the old standby of illness when all else failed. Don’t get mad, it was just a question.:) Here’s his question and a few examples that he offered:

Injuries and illness. It seems that authors of m/m fiction struggle to find ways to get their couples together in situations where nurturing and physicality can turn to love and sex. Many of the authors choose injury and illness as a vehicle for the relationship. Looking at books I’ve recently read by a variety of authors here are a few examples:

1. Zero at the Bone: D is shot, Jack is caregiver.
2. Cut & Run: Zane is hit by shrapnel, Ty is caregiver. Ty gets concussion, Zane is caregiver.
3. Faith and Fidelity: Evan is shot, Matt is caregiver.
4. The One That Got Away: David has migraine and injures shoulder, Trace is caregiver.
5. Under Contract (from Love Ahead): Nick is injured on construction site, Ted is caregiver
6. Over the Road (from Love Ahead): Jimmy in accident, Elliot keeps hospital vigil.
7. Warrior’s Cross: Cameron gets high fever, Julian keeps hospital vigil; Julian injured by dog, Cameron is caregiver.
8. Quarterback Sneak: Cache in hospital, Eric is caregiver.
9. Rough Ride: Wyn injured stringing fence, Ezra is caregiver.

I find the constant stream of injured men and their caregivers somewhat facile and exhausting. Why is this such a continuing theme in m/m novels. Aren’t there other ways of putting men together and giving them a chance to know each other?

I did a brief search and very quickly found several books (without breaking a sweat) that used illness and injury as the main plot point –

It Takes a Hero by Lynn Lorenz
Blind Faith by Claire Thompson
Aquamarine by Sara Bell
Sweet Topping by Carol Lynne
Stepping Stones by Carol Lynne
Untamed Heart by Ally Blue
Mexican Heat by Josh Lanyon & Laura Baumbach
9-1-1 by Chris Owen
Forged by Sean Michael

So authors, what’s your response? I have many more examples where ilness/injury is a theme in M/M books. However, I must admit that I haven’t done an exhaustive search to determine if illness/injuries as a major plot point pervades a large percentage of M/M books.

Because I love his sense of humour I thought I would liven things up with the following additional points from Stuart –

1. Humming. Why do so many characters in M/M Romances hum during fellatio or make-out sessions? A prototypical sentence: “Nick hummed happily in the back of his throat as he took Mike’s dick.” Where did this humming come from? I know a blow job can be colloquially called a ‘hummer,’ but no one ACTUALLY hums!
2. No 69! Where is the 69 in M/M Romances??? I’m sure it’s been used in sex scenes but I can’t think of an instance. Fellatio almost always involves one person blowing another. Why is this?
3.Far, far, far too often the phrase “sucked his brains out through his dick” is used.

Looking forward to comments as usual from both readers and authors. (Can you tell I’m loving this?)


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  • So, inquiring minds want to know. If “I’m clean” is out, what would be an un-insulting way of saying “I’m not carrying any kind of sexually transmitted disease”? Or is the reassurance insulting no matter what language it’s made in? (I ask because if I was going with a stranger for the first time, it would be the sort of thing I would ask them about, and I would voluntarily reassure them of my own status. At least one of my characters is as cautious as I am!)

      • Yes, it’s difficult to know, with slang terms, because the contemporary I’m doing is set in Britain, and I don’t know if they’d be the same this side of the Atlantic. I may have to make something up, as Batboy says 🙂

    • “what would be an un-insulting way of saying “I’m not carrying any kind of sexually transmitted disease”?”
      Negative or HIV Negative. Or STD-Free. Or Bug-Free. Or be creative make up your own phrase. You’re the writer.
      “Or is the reassurance insulting no matter what language it’s made in? ”

  • Yvette
    I think fist fights are still acceptable. Sometimes shootings are so final, aren’t they? A bloody nose might work as long as you don’t break it and definitely don’t break his penis – that’s a no no.*g*


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