Monday, December 15, 2008
I seem to have some kind of glitch that stops me from commenting at Dear Author so I will post my answer here.
My answer to the lack of mainstream MM is: Marion Zimmer Bradley (Ballantine), Laura Argiri (Penguin), Ellen Kushner (Unwin), Elizabeth Knox (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), Fiona Patton (Daw), Diane Duane (Corgi), Lynn Flewelling (Bantam), Stephanie Johnson (Random House), Tanya Huff (Daw), Mercedes Lackey (Roc), Elizabeth Lynn (Berkeley) etc etc etc
Romance is the exception in excluding this theme but even then it leads to reshelving rather than extinction. M/M is mainstream in literary, contemporary, fantasy, sci fi, horror and erotica and many of the books shelved in these areas (or under 'gay interest') are romances.
A publisher specialising in mainstream MM romance would be mildly interesting but not IMHO revolutionary. A` large publisher dabbling in it with a romance slant doesn't even strike me as novel....
I would also note that any Borders store I have been in has had at least a dozen lesbian romance novels available on shelf.
p.s. what ever happened to Romentics?