A couple of weeks ago, Kassa asked her followers ‘what kind of book are you craving that you can’t find?‘ and I was reminded of this when Orannia posted about reader’s expectations and the personal experiences that we bring to bear on certain works.
Recently, when I was at my absolutely lowest due to my depression and chronic illness, I was aching for a romance – preferably m/m as is my wont *g* – that featured a protagonist with such issues, primarily with mental illness.
See, I’m a pretty tough chick so can cope with my physical problem most of the time; however, my mental condition… well, it just majorly kicks my arse.
At times like this, I’m not interested in non- or literary fiction which, IMO, are likely to make me feel even worse.
I want romance.
I want the fantasy that there are people who are feeling as shitty as me out there in the world who can find love and happiness.
Yeah, it might be that I’m deluding myself. But, quite frankly, who gives a fuck as long as I can loose myself for a couple of hours and feel a little better afterwards, if only for a short while.
So, where are the romance stories like this?
These are a few of the m/m authors and books which I’ve either read or heard about that deal with mental illness in some way, shape or form:
~ ePistols at Dawn by Z. A. Maxfield
~ The Curtis Reincarnation by Zathyn Priest
~ A Note in the Margin by Isabelle Rowan
~ Lord and Master duology by Jules Jones
~ Men of Smithfield: In and Out by L B Gregg (out in May, read about it here)
~ There’s a sixth one that’s a novella where the main character (I vaguely recall him being a musician??) is agoraphobic, but I can’t for the life of me find it in my goodreads shelves.
Not that many, though, are there?
Do you have any recommendations for any romances on the theme of mental illness?
Also, are there any books way outside of the norm like this, which you are or have been interested in reading but couldn’t find?
Between us maybe we can inspire an author. 🙂