Bookish Rants or Raves: Queer is NOT Weird!

Filed in Bookish Rant or Raves , The Crazy Lover Posted on April 21, 2011 @ 8:17 am 16 comments
I just want to get one thing off my chest, I am a proud supporter of the gay community. I avidly hate any and every type of prejudice and won’t stand for it, in any instance. 
I felt I needed to say that to get to my point LOL. we’re talking about books, so i wanted to talk about gay characters in UF and PNR and how much I love them!
They can be the gay best friend or the gay secondary character that steals the show, these people usually just make a story pop and give a much brighter realism to the fantastic worlds we get to read about constantly.
Lala’s DesignsWho is is not dying to read Qhauy’s HEA? 
A sub genre that showed up more recently that rocks, is the M/M PNR. There are so many great ones out there, I mean, I already love ALPHA males, so how can I not fall in love with two of them?

I also would be remiss in not mentioning my favorite M/M romance and mystery writer, Josh Lanyon, he does such an amazing job in bringing these characters and stories to life!

What about you guys?

Do you enjoy M/M romance?

Do you enjoy seeing gay secondary characters in UF and PNR?

Are you Team Qhuay?

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  • JenM April 21, 2011 at 8:44 am

    I support gay rights very strongly, but I only recently started reading m/m romance. I don't usually seek it out specifically, but I certainly don't avoid it. I'm glad to see more leading and important secondary characters that are gay because the more readers are exposed to that, the more they come to see that there's nothing inherently wrong with that lifestyle and are then more willing to support gay rights in real life.

  • Sharon S. April 21, 2011 at 9:03 am

    As you know I am a *big m/m romance lover! I get a lot of reads from this blog. My teenage daughter is into Yaoi manga (m/m) and I started reading some of that and liked it.

    Then I found Josh Lanyon. not only is he a damn fine mystery writer, but I love the romance/relationships between his characters (Team Jake).

    Qhauy is breaking my heart!!!

    I now have to read a m/m romance (don't like it to erotic) after every two f/m romance . I love the alpha's and they take the whole forbidden love thing to new heights 😉

  • Jen B. April 21, 2011 at 9:14 am

    The first time I read a book knowing that one of the main characters was gay was Suzanne Brockmann's Gone Too Far. I fell in love. Certainly with Cosmo, Mr. Uber-Alpha but also with Jules. As I read more romance I began to expand into many of the subcatagories. Now I read M/M romance. If it is well written, it doesn't matter whether the relationship is M/F, M/M or F/F because good writing is good writing. I have a couple of Josh Lanyon's books on my Kindle. I just have to get around to reading them.

  • Bookish Brunette April 21, 2011 at 9:19 am

    Oh I'm DYING for Qhuinn & Blay's story! I would literally stand on my head and eat a bug just for a peek!!!!

  • IreneRJ April 21, 2011 at 10:42 am

    I am with you all the way here . M/M can be beautiful.I am really team Qhuay they are heart breaking.I so want them to have a HEA together

  • Jax April 21, 2011 at 11:16 am

    I'm am so ready for team Qhuay to get their book! And I seriously think the "Lie" that V is all pissy about is that his HEA should include Butch as more than just a buddy! (sorry for those who are not BDB obsessed and don't understand the reference.)I think it's beyond sad that Qhuinn and Blay's story is being relegated to a novella because of the fear that some readers just won't buy their book. I'm with Jen, if the writing is good, it doesn't matter if it's M/M, M/F or F/F.

  • draconismoi April 21, 2011 at 11:26 am

    Not a romance reader, so I don't particularly concern myself with HEAs.

    In SF and UF, if I like the main plot of the book, and don't think the love interest is in serious need to killing-off, than I don't care who the main character hooks up with.

    I can't think of that many UF or SF books with a queer main character, much less any that bothered me. Lot of queer supporting characters but few main characters. Let's see….Fire Logic. Sing the Four Quarters. Smoke and Shadows. Feed.

    And I'm running out examples. That makes me sad. Oh well, I'm still giddy that Feed featured an asexual character. That is even rarer than a GLBT pairing.

  • Sullivan McPig April 21, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    I so do not know who this Qhuay is.

    As for M/M romance: it doesn't do much for me I will confess.
    There are some books with m/m couples that I love: Last Herald Mage by Mercedes Lackey immediately comes to mind, but I usually prefer M/F in my romances.

  • Sheree April 21, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    My initial exposure to M/M romances was yaoi anime, too. It boggled my mind that it was for women, not men. I've read M/M romances but not many. As long as it's well-written, I don't care what the sex of the leads are.

    I, too, want to read more about Qhinn and Blay. I don't want to read any other J. R. Ward book but that one.

  • Sharon S. April 21, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    Oh, McPig, where have you been?! Qhuay is the Qhuinn and Blaylock romance from JR Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series. I know you have heard of that. One of the best alpha-male PNRs out there

  • Jason April 21, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    I love M/M fiction, and actively seek it out. But then I am a gay man and it allows me to relate to the story a lot easier.

    I am very happy to see the increase in main stream and semi-main stream M/M books. Up until recently most of my reading had to come from fanfiction slash pieces.

  • marybelle April 22, 2011 at 2:21 am

    I am a 52 year old heterosexual female & I find that even though I don't actively see out M/M books, I can appreciate them when they cross my path. Love is love & passion knows no bounds.

  • Sullivan McPig April 24, 2011 at 3:48 am

    @Sharon S.: Ah, ok I've heard of JR Ward, but haven't gotten around to read her books yet.

  • Kaetrin April 25, 2011 at 3:16 am

    I stopped reading BDB at Phury's book (I still have it in my TBR) but I've been inspired to start again in anticipation of the Qhuay pairing. So exciting that they're getting their own book!

    I love m/m – I'm hoping it becomes more "mainstream" so more people can feel the love.

    I'm looking forward to Suz Brockmann's When Tony Met Adam in June – also hoping the bedroom door is a little more open this time 🙂

    I'm enjoying the delicious anticipation of Marie Sexton's Paris A-Z – it's on my TBR and I'll get to it soon but once I read it the series will be over, so I'm holding off a little.

  • Larissa {Larissa's Bookish Life} May 19, 2011 at 1:10 am

    Thanks so much for all the comments!

    Glad to see Im not alone in loving M/M! =)

    It isn't for everyone, but I love it =)

  • Miin Trindade October 9, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Do you enjoy M/M romance? Yeah!! I love it. I think two guys kissing\making out\having sex is just… I don't know, just love to read about it. Some people asked me already if I was lesbian because of it!

    Do you enjoy seeing gay secondary characters in UF and PNR? Yep, some of my favorite secondary characters are gay.

    Are you Team Qhuay? YEAH, OMG YESSSSSSSSSS!

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