Let's be honest, there's a lot of books out there. Perhaps you can blame/credit self-publishing for the boom (delete word choice as applicable depending on your perspective) and love it or loathe it, it's undeniable that paranormal romance is the biggest boom of them all. Blame/credit Twilight, perhaps (again, delete as applicable.) There's everything you can imagine now: shifters, werewolves, vampires, mermaids, fairies, Chuck Tingle. (If you've never discovered Chuck Tingle, go, google, now.) With the end of NaNoWriMo, there's probably several thousand more this very week. Which leads us to this week's question: is there any particular brand of gay paranormal romance that's not been written?
What do you think? Any paranormal romance stories yet to be told? Comment here, or on our facebook page, or tweet us @lethepress and let us know.
It's easy to talk about queer literature - or LGBT literature, or gay literature, or QUILTBAG literature, or whatever your preferred term is - and assume that all that means is that the stories feature LGBT characters. But is there something deeper that makes a story truly queer in a way that is more than just window dressing?
What do you think? What makes a story truly 'queer'? Comment here, or on our facebook page, or tweet us @lethepress and let us know.
The 'coming of age' story is an ever-popular genre, and if we're in the world of gay literature, what that usually translates to is a 'coming out' story. It's something that the overwhelming majority of us have had to do, and therefore the experiences ring true when we find them in literature. But there are those who argue that both gay rights and the gay experience has moved on, and that it's time we told different types of stories about gay characters. Some might even suggests that a coming out story is no longer interesting, or relevant, or even necessary.
What do you think? Do we still need 'coming out' stories? Comment here, or on our facebook page, or tweet us @lethepress and let us know.
For many of us who read, or write, queer/gay literature, there was a formative experience in our youth (perhaps in our adolescence, though for some it is earlier, and for some it is later) when we encountered a book that represented us. For many us such representations will have been thin on the ground, and it is undoubtedly a common experience for many of us to have felt a thrill, and a deep connection, to such a book, and for it to hold an important place in our hearts.
What was the first of these books for you - or if not the first, then the most influential, the one that remains with you to this day? Comment here, or on our facebook page, or tweet us @lethepress and let us know.
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