The concept of conflict in romance was raised a number of times in the comments of the true romantics of m/m.
This was a lovely happenstance as it was a topic Sunita (Dear Author), John (Dreaming in Books) and I had discussed in relation to m/m romance and something I wanted to post about.
The truth is I’ve become so curious about ‘conflict’ I now have a number of posts planned.
No, I can’t resist. Like any of you are really surprised by that. 😛
So, where to start??
Let’s talk about
sex babee, let’s talk about you and meee GLBTQQ issues being one of the main means of creating tension in m/m romance narratives.
I’m sure there are probably some out there who are rolling their eyes and saying ‘well, no shit Kris’, but think about it.
Set aside the idea of authors ‘writing what they know’ (one of those other posts) and your own preferences with regard to internal and external conflict and what that means (another of those posts), and really think about the use of GLBTQQ matters as conflict in m/m romance, gay fiction, etc.
You with me? Okay then.
Let me ask you this; do you think there is an expectation from both readers and authors that m/m romance should deal with problems faced by GLBTQQ people?
Perhaps in a similar way to when a reader picks up a book on social, ethnic, cultural, religious, etc themes and assumes these will be dealt with in some way, shape or form in the story?
Now, there is absolutely no question at all that these are very real, very serious concerns GLBTQQ people face in their day-to-day lives. They can also make for extremely compelling and thought-provoking stories, but… there’s always a but…
Are the authors of m/m romance relying on our expectations as well as the impetus provided by GLBTQQ issues to build conflict?
Are these ‘easy fixes’? The subject matter which can be instantly added if an author is struggling with plot development or if an editor or publisher asks for ‘more tension, dammit!’?
Or is this something which is perfectly natural to be incorporated in stories in this genre? The realism many readers demand?
What do you think?
Those who dared:
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