Raythe says …
Thirty years ago the father x son incest epic, The Erl-King, began.
Yeah, you read that right! My 42nd birthday is Friday, March 25, and I wrote my first version of this story at age 12!
One of the podcast ideas that came up in the poll last week was why I like m/m over m/f or f/f. (We will address this further in podcasts and other blogs, because I think it is an important topic and an evergreen one.)
From childhood, I have been interested in m/m (and incest).
Why is this?
One of the things that fascinates me, in general, is showing men in thrall to their emotions. So often, men in “real” life are not allowed to have feelings or, at least, not allowed to show emotions like women are. To see a man throwing every rule overboard, every taboo, for a forbidden love is intoxicating and fascinating.
Also, I feel a greater freedom writing m/m.
In the m/f world, at least, some readers have to “relate” to the female protagonist in a particular way to make a story work when it’s romance. If that female protagonist is not “likeable” for some reason, then readers can have a difficult time enjoying the story because they are hung up on whether or not the female protagonist “deserves” her happily ever after.
With both love interests being men, I find that this issue does not come up as often, if at all.
There are lots of other reasons I want to explore, but I most especially want to hear why YOU, as readers, like m/m over m/f or f/f (if that is in fact the case.)
As an aside, since people seemed interested in backstory, headcannons, secret stuff, etc. it may interest some of you to know that …
This first iteration of The Erl-King actually had Scott as the main protagonist, with Ethan being his fey friend and NOT a POV character. Ethan was romantically with Alric, but we only saw the incest only through Scott’s eyes.
There is a scene in The Erl-King where Scott climbs up to Ethan’s window and sees the lovemaking going on between his best friend and Alric, which came from this earlier work where everything was one step removed.
So tell us! Do you prefer M/M couples in romance?
What are your reasons? Leave comments below, even if you can’t say it as well as you wish you could. We really want to know your thoughts, since this is an issue that we’re very close to.
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