If you’ve been keeping an eye on this blog, you know I’ve been toying with the idea of writing a series of prequels to the Clans of Kalquor series. In this series, I’d explore how the men of the various clans got together. Since Kalquorian men are bisexual, there would be plenty of m/m/m action, so I ran a poll to see if my readers, the majority of which are female, would read such stories. With almost two-thirds of the respondents answering to the affirmative, the series is a go. I’ve already begun outlining the first one, which features Tranis, Lidon, and Degorsk from Alien Conquest. (Remember that poll a few weeks back when I asked which clans you wanted to know more of the backgrounds on? Yep, this was the reason behind it; I’m starting with the number one pick.)
The gay male erotica category is a very popular one among women, so I really wasn’t surprised. I know I find male-on-male action extremely hot. In fact, my absolute favorite erotic tale is Lost Star by Morgan Hawke, which features two very alpha males who fall in love with each other. I have read this book so many times, I’m surprised my Kindle will access any other book in my collection.
But why do women enjoy reading encounters between men? Why do some women prefer m/m over m/f or even m/f/m? I can’t answer for all. I can only tell you why I enjoy it.
First of all – well, it’s two (or more) men! Hot, sexy men. Men getting naked and naughty. With none of the distractions of a female in the mix. I can have these guys all to myself. What’s not to like?
Second, I think I’m attracted to the taboo aspect. I’m very much for gay equality and I’ll be glad when we finally move past judging people for their sexuality. But I’m also a person who is drawn to the forbidden like a moth to a flame. Since so many still insist on trying to deny the gay man his nature, he remains a fascination for me. Through gay erotica, I can have the vicarious experience of an activity so vigorously frowned upon and thus buck authority. (Honestly, am I ever going to grow out of my teenage rebellious mindset?)
Third, there’s not so much of the angst that a female character brings to the table in these stories. I’m not saying m/m erotica doesn’t have emotional trials, because it certainly does, but it doesn’t seem as overbearing to me. Male characters just seem to be so much more ‘in the moment’, especially when the sex scene gets going. If there are issues, they don’t talk them to death. The guys recognize there’s a hot body, it’s turning them on, and they want a piece of it. Think of the movie ‘Brokeback Mountain’. Ennis and Jack spent plenty of time in the film bemoaning the fact they couldn’t be together and that the lives they led weren’t the ones they wanted. But when they were together, they were together. Totally. And that was hot. It’s hot in erotica too, especially when one guy is taking the lead and the other takes some convincing (though he acknowledges he really does want this encounter to happen).
Fourth, it’s two guys. Did I mention that already? Oh yeah, I guess I did. But it’s two guys!!!
So that’s my take on the subject. What about you? What is it about the m/m dynamic that fascinates you? I’d love to hear everyone else’s opinion on this, so please speak up.