… everyfrigginwhere ménage-ry…
or should this be menagerie??
I know I’ve done a ‘maybe it’s me’ on this topic before, but I feel it warrants a follow up. In other words I need to rant about this because the saturation of this genre on the epublishing market is now beyond a fucking joke.
The 2007 and 2008 bestsellers list (appropriated from TPig) from Samhain Publishing make it extremely obvious these type of books are popular with readers, which is why publishers and authors – everyfrigginwhere – are churning these out like nobody’s business.
Well that’s what it looks like to me anyway. Like there is a mini-factory somewhere out there in publishingland manufacturing ménages to the detriment of m/f and m/m romances.
What about the readers who don’t fantasise about being in the middle of a meat sandwich? Or whose voyeuristic tendencies lean towards reading m/m as opposed to lying on a bed yelling ‘woot, go for it boys!’? What about me?
I admit I started reading m/f/m, quickly progressed to m/m/f and then ‘ended up kicking the chick to the curb most of the time like everyone else’ (quote from Emmy in the comments here, which sums up my own experience exactly).
There is also no doubt there are authors like Samantha Kane and Jet Mykles, who achieve great things with this genre. They have been writing m/m/f and m/f/m for some time and very successfully to the enjoyment of many readers. Although I often wonder how they feel about ‘their’ genre becoming not really a band wagon, but more a huge bloody road train with a gazillion trailers and carriages.
The (over)abundance of m/m/f in particular has made me completely intolerant of any stories along these lines and has led me to have the view some stories are perpetuating the myth m + f + m = m/m ok.
It worries me these books (and I know I’m speaking in lumps) send a message that if you add a chick into the mix it’s alright to engage in homosexual or bisexual activities. I’ve said it before: I don’t buy it and I think it’s wrong.
A blunt message to the epublishers of ménages:
For Christ sake, would you give it a rest already! How about meeting the market demands of ALL your readers?? Or at the very least have the integrity to publish decent ménage reads.
An even blunter message to the readers enjoying ménages:
Good for you, but how about you stop jonesying on the sex – because if you take a step back you’ll realise some of these are only about gratuitous sex – and start demanding books that deal with issues such as the relationship/s of the partners outside of the sex, familial expectations and reactions to the ménage, the attitude/s of society, the impact on any children there might be, etc, etc…
… you know the stuff which actually makes up a real story as opposed to chick porn??
Here endeth the rant.