Hello friends! I’m so glad KT/KB invited me to participate in her event. I’ve seen several wishlists posted recently. Mine was inspired by Riveted by Meljean Brook. I dug it out of my TBR after seeing a post called Lesbian Allies at Romance Novels for Feminists. Brook does a fantastic job with disability, characters of color, and female sexuality. While I was reading, I kept wishing for a lesbian subplot. Or an entire romance of this caliber, devoted to two women. I’d love to find a lesbian story written by a sensitive, innovative author with a deft hand for female characterization.
Here are some other things I’m hoping for in 2013:
Sexy, modern contemporaries. Earlier this year I read a sensual scene between two women sharing a bran muffin in bed. Some lesbian fiction is like bran: sort of dry and mature and healthy. It doesn’t attract a younger audience.
Better writing and editing. Always.
Equality. I don’t want to read a lesbian romance that mirrors the tropes I dislike in m/f. I’m not talking about how traditionally feminine (or not) the characters are. When one heroine is much older, more dominant, or more powerful, I worry about a lack of balance in the relationship.
Stronger conflicts. I’m all for tension and angst. If there’s no obstacle to overcome or issue to work out, I get bored.
More lesbian characters in mainstream romance. Why are gay men the only queer folks on the radar? Give me a bisexual heroine, a lesbian subplot, or a ménage romance with two women instead of two men.
Things I could do without:
Vampires and werewolves. Paranormal isn’t my favorite.
Kink. Edited to remove comments on kink at Jill's request. I’ve also read several f/f stories with incestuous undertones. DO NOT WANT.
Erotica mislabeled as romance.
Ménage stories about married couples having a casual hookup. When the third person is portrayed as an empty sex object, I’ll pass.
“Gay & Lesbian” or GLBT categories with no lesbians. When did GLBT become shorthand for Gay Male? I’m tired of searching through hundreds of m/m titles for nothing.
So there’s my wishlist and my anti-wishlist. What’s on yours?
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Jill's latest release, Aftershock is now available from HQN