Gay Fiction vs. M/M Romance - Comments

  • lonely girl.

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    This is a super interesting and informative article! You clearly and concisely explain the differences between the two, and also the factors which influence them, such as their intended audiences and purposes. However, with your explanation of gay fiction and saying that it is for an LGBT audience, your scope is very narrow. These books are typically published either in small niches of mainstream companies or from small LGBT presses, many of which are now online. While it is true that LGBT books published by small LGBT presses are intended for LGBT audiences, the intended and actual audience of LGBT fiction which is produced by mainstream companies and placed into popular media is different: it is for straight, heteronormative audiences, and their general goal is for straight people to feel sympathy for LGBT people as most of the fiction produced deals with the negative sides of LGBT culture -- coming out (and its accompanying shame), homophobia, transphobia, and so on. This then changes their purposes, and I don't feel like it can be quite as neatly summed up as reflecting the lives of LGBT people, as they show very extreme (usually negative) sides of LGBT life.
    April 11th, 2019 at 04:02pm
  • warmaiden

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    like the real mitt romney, i didn't know that m/m romance were two different things. which makes sense now being that im one of those people that were typically outraged @ some of the works i'd have read. partly bc it wasn't realistic to say the least & since i am part of the lgbt community, half the time i'd have a negative reaction (of course since stereotypes). but i can go on & on about my own preferences as a lot of people could.

    it makes a lot of sense now that m/m romance is a different genre in itself. i do like how you state that romance is fantasy or not meant to be realistic in terms of a storyline or plot. i think a lot of people know that, but in the younger years of one's life, there's that "oh my gosh, i can't wait to fall in love like that!" sort of view.

    & it also makes sense that m/m romance is targeted more towards women (or romance in general though that typically excludes me, heh). i have read a few m/m romances that i now realize were m/m romances. i was overly baffled of course bc i was waiting to relate to these sets of characters & instead im like "...wait a second, WHAT?" so im glad i can overlook that & not feel as offended as i used to.

    thanks for writing this! it was really interesting to read & i feel like i knew the difference between gay fiction & m/m romance, but i never took the time to really understand that (though i should've).
    June 30th, 2016 at 09:18pm
  • The Real Mitt Romney

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    I have no idea that these were two distinct things. I always knew but never consciously realised that m/m romance is written for girls. I mean, most of it's written by girls (I'm guilty), so it would most sense that it's targeted towards girls. I guess m/m fiction is to women as lesbian porn is to men.

    I like that you included a statistic about women being interested in "masculine men" but marrying "less masculine". That really sets thing in stone for me that romance novels can be pretty absurd, if I were to apply some of the plotlines to this world.

    Thanks for writing this. I feel like I should have known this. I did, deep down somewhere, but I never sat down and really understood just how different gay fiction is from m/m romance, or how different general romance is from novels created in order to portray reality.
    May 17th, 2015 at 11:33pm