Alternative is a bad word
August 23, 2012 29 Comments
A bunch of women are going to talk about “Why Straight Women Love Gay Romance” in a book coming out soon. To kick it off someone was sending around a link to Suzanne Brockmann’s facebook page where she has her notes from a workshop on a similar subject that she couldn’t attend recently.
I’m glad people are talking about writing gay characters or subplots into M/F romances and all, but I have an issue with the title of that workshop: “Alternative Romance”. It bugs me like when people call being gay an “alternative lifestyle”. Alternative implies a choice, and what you put in your book is all about choices, but my being gay isn’t a choice. I’d really prefer they call it LGBT Romance if they want to differentiate it from M/F Romance. (I also don’t like calling M/F romances “traditional romances” because it sounds like gay romances are breaking rules.)
Otherwise, I do like what she’s written very much and I’m curious to see what the others in the new book will have to say. I tried to find the book on MLR’s site but couldn’t and it’s not in Goodreads either. The only thing I could find was this article on Jessewave’s with a cover and blurb. Weird since it’s supposed to come out next month…
Has anyone seen a link to the book itself anywhere?