Gay Romances, that is?
I spent the last few days wondering about this after reading Cindy’s and Meljean’s reactions to Brokeback Mountain. Yep, that gay cowboy movie made by a Taiwanese macho guy. BTW, this is not his first gay-themed movie, one of his earlier ones, The Wedding Banquet, which stars the rather debonair-looking Winston Chao, was acclaimed for its bold tackling of a gay man coming out to his family at his own staged wedding dinner.
Anyway, Cindy concluded that:
Enis loved Jack although I did struggle with that. His upbringing definitely did a number on him. I am also struggling with their last time together. Did they quit each other? I just didn’t know and was upset that that was how we the viewers ended with them. The scene with Jack’s father was heartbreaking also. I don’t know about you but I think his father would have accepted Enis and Jack on the ranch or am I only hoping that would have been the way. Makes me blue but I’m working hard to shake it off. I think I may end up buying it at some point but like you said, it’s painful.”
Meljean “thought Enis was a great character — much more interesting in his conflict than Jack. I definitely think he loved him; I don’t think his father would have accepted them, though. I think the mom would have.”
If a movie with a wrenching love story, albeit between two guys, could generate so much mixed reactions, and theirs are not the first I’ve come across, I wondered …
Don’t get me wrong, I have friends who are openly gay and they are marvelous people who listens and are sensitive to others’ feelings. Obviously, the target readers for this new romance genre aren’t the traditional romance readers. But would you (and here, I’m directing the question at romance readers) pick them up?
- Would you read a romance with gay/lesbian relationship as its focus? Or would you be more accepting of this as a subplot?
- What about the covers? Do you find them as offensive as the clinch covers which show couples in dishabille? Would you reconsider getting one to read out of curiosity if the covers weren’t so raunchy?
- If you choice in Q1 is the latter (i.e. gay theme as subplot), do you think you might bring yourself to read the Romentic novels?