Wednesday, December 22, 2010

MPREG

One of the great things about erotic romance, epublishing etc is that some tropes that were vanishingly rare are now more widely available.  One that has recently been creeping more into the mainstream is 'MPREG' or male pregnancy.  MPREG is pretty much what it sounds like, a male character becomes pregnant.

MPREG series are available from epublishers, including the Katzman series (Siren) and Dark Court (Noble Romance). This is probably a niche area that a smaller press could get some financial mileage out of because a lot of other presses wouldn't even consider it.  (p.s. Siren Publishing, how about a search function, please? Or at least a listing of series?.  Listing MPREG as a theme might also help people find, or indeed avoid, this material.)

For some MPREG is clearly a fetish element, but I imagine it can be an interesting plot element in a sci fi or fantasy setting even if it is not particularly your thing.  I can't say I have ever read an erotic romance with MPREG although one of my own books wanders into that general territory.  So if anyone has a recommendation, please let me know.

4 comments:

M Barnette said...

MPREG isn't my cuppa, however having said that I do own a copy of Junior on DVD. It's a romantic comedy where Arnold Schwarzenegger is a scientist developing a drug to help women get pregnant. To prove it works he uses it on himself with some assistance from Danny DeVito's character. It turns out the 'donor egg' is actually one frozen by another scientist colleague--played by Emma Thompson--that Danny DeVito's character swiped from the lab's freezer. It's a fun comedy for those who haven't seen it.

S.L. Armstrong said...

I suppose, if the world building was done well, I could see reading and enjoying MPREG. The problem tends to be that the world building is sorely lacking and the males who carry children wind up being nothing more than women masquerading in a male body (chicks with dicks, essentially). I have a lot of problems, in fact, with the usual slap-dash world building surrounding MPREG, which is why I don't usually seek it out for personal reading or publication.

But, you're right. It is a niche market that isn't adequately catered to at the moment.

Amanda Young said...

Sacred Fate by Eresse is pretty fabulous, although it's more hermaphrodite than Mpreg.

Emily Veinglory: said...

I have looked at Sacred fate a few times, but it never quite grabbed me by that weird alchemy of purchase impulse....