Have you ever wondered why so many strange things happen in M/M romances? I know that het has its share of funky stuff but M/M seems to spawn something new every week. Does this sub genre have its own language and customs? It would seem so.
I complain often that our authors don’t show enough imagination in their plots and characterizations, but can there too much imagination at times?
Over a year ago Stuart, a very astute gay man who had lived most of his life in New York, questioned some of the tropes and assumptions that authors made about gay men and their lifestyles. We had a lot of fun with Stuart and his favourite tropes, including the very popular one about whether penises twitched when erect, linked here. 🙂
Recently I came across a few of his issues that I never posted and since I’m all tapped out mentally for new ideas for this week’s rant commentary, I thought that today I would use some of his unpublished comments in addition to a few situations that I’ve encountered recently.
Stuart was amazed at the amount of butt wiggling going on in M/M romances. He wondered how this could be normal behaviour for a gay man (maybe he was out of the butt wiggling loop.) :)It seemed that the ‘cock twitch,’ real or imagined in M/M romances, could often be set off by one character wiggling his butt at another. This was supposed to be especially amusing when said wiggling occured in a public place, triggering one of those massive, uncontrollable erections in the other protagonist. Stuart said and I quote: “I have never wiggled my butt in sexual provocation, I have never had a butt wiggled at me in sexual provocation, I have never seen a butt wiggled in sexual provocation. An exception would be on the dance floor. There is far too much bizarre butt wiggling going on in M/M romances.”
What’s your view of butt wiggling in M/M romances? 🙂
Here’s another one from Stuart. Is the pronoun “I” in danger of disappearing from our M/M vocabulary? When things get hot and heavy this seems to happen a lot. Why in M/M fiction do the protagonists stop using the pronoun “I” when they are in a state of extreme sexual arousal. Suddenly the characters are saying: “Want you.” “Need you.” “Need you to fuck me.” “Want you inside me.” Stuart claims never to have noticed an inability to use pronouns in bed, assuming he’s able to speak and is not moaning, ululating or making some kind of noise he would be embarrassed for anyone but his partner to hear.
Do you find the sudden inability of M/M protagonists to use the pronoun “I” a particularly irritating trope in M/M romances?
Overused words and phrases:
a. The protagonist is “fucked into/through the mattress.”
b. The protagonist “melts”
c. The protagonist “huffs” out a word or phrase.
d. The protagonist “smirks” or “winks” when successfully teasing or being teased.
e. the protagonist “snorts.” I thought only animals (pigs do this a lot) snorted, except for someone with a cocaine habit. 🙁
So much snorting going on. Have gay men gone back to the days of cave men or prehistoric beasts, or are they just porkers? Why do they snort, smirk and wink so much in M/M romances?
Here’s something else I have been noticing a lot. When one of the protagonists has an erection at an inappropriate time he thumps his cock to deflate it. Have any of you or your men tried thumping to deflate an erection? I’m told that it’s very painful and none of the men I know do it, so why is it so prevalent in M/M romances? Can the guys not think of something really gross to deflate their erections? (e.g. A picture of their 80 year old math teacher doing the nasty might work) 😉 What’s the fixation with thumping?
Guys, what do you think of thumping to get rid of an erection? Have you ever tried it? Send me pictures of the injured part in bandages or splints. LOL – Kidding! (OK you can send the pictures to my sekkrit email address if you really want to) 😉
What about you? Are there some M/M tropes you find just as annoying? Or maybe you have some you’d like to mention that are really funny.
BTW I’m told all the time by authors that while the stories are fantasies the characterizations are realistic.
Enquiring minds – Stuart’s and mine – even though he seems to have gone underground, would like a few answers if you have the time or inclination. Please don’t beat me up. This is a fun post, although the thumping could land a guy in hospital with broken equipment. 🙁