Monday, December 15, 2008

Can MM Fiction be Mainstreamed--veinglory

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?

9 comments:

Teddy Pig said...

gay fiction written by and for straight women

You forgot the best part.

I am still wondering if they will require a physical check and written and signed testimony from the authors husband or boy friend attesting to the straight part.

Mrs Giggles said...

"Romentics"... well, I know those guys, Scott & Scott have reissued their books via Loose Id.

fiona glass said...

In the UK you can add to that list: Alan Hollinghurst and Patrick Gale, both shelved as lit. mainstream although both have written romantic m/m - AH's much more literary than PG's.

Teddy Pig said...

Hey Emily!

You read The Catch Trap?

Emily Veinglory said...

I loved the Catch Trap. I wonder if maybe some younger readers aren't in touch with the history of the genre (back at least as far as Marie de France in the 11th century).

Teddy Pig said...

Yep, I love reading these announcements by the inexperienced and apparently uninformed acting as if they are doing something that has "never been done before" when not only has it "been done before", but that god damned t-shirt was bought and paid for back when reputations were put on the line and battles ended up in court (Ask Victor J. Banis about that.) over such things by higher profile authors and well known publishers.

Elisa said...

> p.s. what ever happened to Romentics?

I went to Scott Pomfret's reading last September at A Different Light in SF. He has written almost a auto-bio as practicing Catholic and gay, Since My Last Confession, and during the reading he told that he had a lot of problem with the church he frequented due to that book (strange he hadn't the same problem after the Romentics novel...). Anyway he is still in a relationship with the other Scott, but I don't think they are planning to write together again soon. Elisa

Missy Lyons said...

Well, I think it definitely has a chance of doing really well. Especially, if it's well written.

I love Mercedes Lackey, but those books are always shelved first and foremost in the fantasy section. Having a dedicated part of the romance aisle will be new, at least in my local store--and I hope it does well.

Emily Veinglory said...

As far as I know the chains would shelf these book according to their existing policy--in gay interest or some other random place. My point is that gay romance (cross genre and otherwise) is being published by presses including random house. And it is being shelved whereever the chain stored want to shelves it--their policy has not changed.