I read this the other day and something which happened in it evoked a response that reminded me of my reaction to Beauty and the Beast.
You see, I was one of those people who was a wee bit upset when the Beast transformed back into the Prince. I thought he was adorable as a monster.
Yeah, I know. I’m such a romantic sap. Also, I wasn’t thinking about the logistics of the sex bits. It was Disney, for God’s sake.
Anyways, this in turn made me slightly-tangent-think about a topic I’ve been meaning to bring up for a while now.
This has to do with whether readers believe gay guys are as image conscious in RL as they can appear to be in m/m romance and erotica.
Or do you think that this is sometimes exaggerated because of the genre and its associated tropes? Or because it makes the story more interesting and the characters sexier?
Maybe I’m just projecting my own image consciousness in the exact same way I suspect an author of doing occasionally? I could easily be.
What do you lot reckon then? Is it just a Beauty and the Beast thing or something else entirely?