Menage a Meh

This is a rant about writing. Not my writing, but other people’s writing. It’s not about one author in particular either. This is something I’ve seen a number of writers do. You see, I have a slew of books about menages. Two guys sharing one girl and sometimes the guys are into each other too. My problem is that no matter how you slice it or dice it, the emotions of the characters in a threesome always seem to be the same.

Typically, in these books, you have one guy who is more dominant than the other. You have a woman who is kinda submissive (or downtrodden or unsure of herself, you get the picture). The woman is always drawn more to one man than the other. One of the men is always more drawn to the other guy than the girl (or some variation on that.) The sex scenes are always hot. I can’t find fault with that, but it’s those characters! Gah!

First of all, I don’t think a woman has to be all that cutesy and submissive to be in a menage. I’d rather see the woman in the threesome be a spunky, snarky, professional woman who could kick both the men’s asses. (A Hellohahanarf, for example.) I guess I don’t connect well to the sweet and deferring type. As for the men, why does one have to seem more “gay” than the other – meaning more into the other man than the woman? After a half dozen of these books where the elements are sorta similar, I’ve found that no matter how much I like the hot sex scenes, by the end of the book, I’m skimming because their dialog (and where the story is going) sets my teeth on edge.

I know what you’re thinking right about now. You’re laughing at me thinking, “Bitch, just write it yourself!” Okay, maybe I will someday. But that doesn’t mean that perhaps authors need to try a different tack when writing this genre. Personally, I’d like to see the spunky, snarky heroine take on a business colleague. They discover they’re both hedonists who’ve had multiple partners in the past. They aren’t looking for a relationship as in move in together and live HEA. They’re looking for a sexual relationship that isn’t a one nighter. Somewhere at the start of their sexual relationship, they meet a guy… oh, maybe an athlete of some kind. Someone who at first glance isn’t cerebral like them. He joins them…

I want to see it be all about how the two hedonists take this guy who’s always been straight and turn him into a hedonist too. Three strong characters. No mushy ass love story. No submissive anything… well, except maybe some sex play with restraints. Characters who are hot, sexy, intelligent, strong, and amusing. Equals in every way.

Gah. Maybe it’s the mushy stuff that just doesn’t translate well in a menage for me. I never see menages as being about love. I see them as being about sex. So I guess that’s where they fall down for me. The last menage I read was smoking hot… but by the end I was saying MEH because all the mushy stuff kinda turned down the heat to uh, nonexistent.

I suppose this is why I write. I read something that doesn’t satisfy me so I have to make my own. Even at the Bar, there are some characters whose HEA I can’t leave alone. In last night’s Lex post, at the end, she’s slipping her hands into the back of Alaric’s jeans so she can grab his ass. She rubbing the zipper on those jeans until his dick is hard. I have those two constantly fucking. Just because they’re happy now doesn’t mean the sex stops. For them, nothing much stops them from doing it. Yeah, yeah. They say “I love you”, but in their post last night it was more like “I loooooooooooove you” and “Yeah, I fucking loooooooove you too.” Not mushy. Amusing. Definitely, not sweet enough to set your teeth on edge. I like that a whole lot better.

Have a happy not too sweet humpday!

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0 Responses to Menage a Meh

  1. Winter says:

    Blu – I think that’s the root of my problem…

    Winters last blog post..Menage a Meh

  2. Winter says:

    Blu – I think that’s the root of my problem…

    Winters last blog post..Menage a Meh

  3. Blu-Amy says:

    Reading pales when you have been in one IMHO.

    Blu-Amys last blog post..froggy came a croaking

  4. Blu-Amy says:

    Reading pales when you have been in one IMHO.

    Blu-Amys last blog post..froggy came a croaking

  5. Winter says:

    IF – Thanks! I’m always willing to read smut. Usually though, the problem with the high brow stuff is that there’s too much blah blah blah before they ever get to the sex. I don’t care that much about what the room looks like or how the upcoming sex ties into memories of their 8 year old angst from the past. I’m a wham bam tomorrow same time girl.

    Winters last blog post..Zonin’

  6. Winter says:

    IF – Thanks! I’m always willing to read smut. Usually though, the problem with the high brow stuff is that there’s too much blah blah blah before they ever get to the sex. I don’t care that much about what the room looks like or how the upcoming sex ties into memories of their 8 year old angst from the past. I’m a wham bam tomorrow same time girl.

    Winters last blog post..Zonin’

  7. Iron Fist says:

    Maybe you should read some higher caliber smut? I’ve got a few such books on my “to-read” list so I’ll let you know if I come up with anything to pass your way.

  8. Iron Fist says:

    Maybe you should read some higher caliber smut? I’ve got a few such books on my “to-read” list so I’ll let you know if I come up with anything to pass your way.

  9. Winter says:

    Susan – Sadly, you’re probably right.

    Mary – You have a use for everything when it comes to wrapping Hubs around your finger. You amaze me.

    MM – Rott does porn his way… He turns off the sound and does his own comedic play by play. It’s soooo funny!

    Jen – You always read stuff I haven’t for which I’m profoundly grateful. The eBook chicks read all the same authors so I get tired of em. The last one I read was Violet Summers… one of the Worthington ones. I liked the guys… I didn’t like the girl. But I’m glad you turned me on to Violet because she’s great. Re the menage… sure, send it along. I bet I like it better than some of the other stuff I’ve read. You’re not into wimpy ass heroines.

    Winters last blog post..Menage a Meh

  10. Winter says:

    Susan – Sadly, you’re probably right.

    Mary – You have a use for everything when it comes to wrapping Hubs around your finger. You amaze me.

    MM – Rott does porn his way… He turns off the sound and does his own comedic play by play. It’s soooo funny!

    Jen – You always read stuff I haven’t for which I’m profoundly grateful. The eBook chicks read all the same authors so I get tired of em. The last one I read was Violet Summers… one of the Worthington ones. I liked the guys… I didn’t like the girl. But I’m glad you turned me on to Violet because she’s great. Re the menage… sure, send it along. I bet I like it better than some of the other stuff I’ve read. You’re not into wimpy ass heroines.

    Winters last blog post..Menage a Meh

  11. Shit. I need to have you read the menage I just wrote to see if I piss you off. LOL.
    Just like all romance, Erotica has its plus and minuses. Sometimes you have to weed through the crap to get to the good stuff.
    Might I recommend Joey W. Hill’s “The Vampire Queen Servant”? There’s a menage in that book that is SMOKIN’ and has absolutely no other reason other than to show the male’s submission to a female who isn’t part of the menage. I love Joey Hill. She rocks.

  12. Shit. I need to have you read the menage I just wrote to see if I piss you off. LOL.
    Just like all romance, Erotica has its plus and minuses. Sometimes you have to weed through the crap to get to the good stuff.
    Might I recommend Joey W. Hill’s “The Vampire Queen Servant”? There’s a menage in that book that is SMOKIN’ and has absolutely no other reason other than to show the male’s submission to a female who isn’t part of the menage. I love Joey Hill. She rocks.

  13. metalmom says:

    I think this is why I gave up on erotica. It is the same old/same old. The same thing with a lot of porn movies. I don’t mind watching them. I know Hubs likes them, but they’re all the same uh..uh…uh..ooooohh!!

    metalmoms last blog post..Didja Miss Me?

  14. metalmom says:

    I think this is why I gave up on erotica. It is the same old/same old. The same thing with a lot of porn movies. I don’t mind watching them. I know Hubs likes them, but they’re all the same uh..uh…uh..ooooohh!!

    metalmoms last blog post..Didja Miss Me?

  15. Maryo says:

    It is all about sex sex sex. Who gives a shit about emotions. Lets just fuck. Seems to me I have said that sometime in my life.
    I loved the way you ended your last Lex post. I say that to hubbie all the time when I am in trouble. He looks at me and asks what I did. I cant help but smile and offer him some sexual favor. He cant get mad at me for doing something stupid when he is in happy land.

  16. Maryo says:

    It is all about sex sex sex. Who gives a shit about emotions. Lets just fuck. Seems to me I have said that sometime in my life.
    I loved the way you ended your last Lex post. I say that to hubbie all the time when I am in trouble. He looks at me and asks what I did. I cant help but smile and offer him some sexual favor. He cant get mad at me for doing something stupid when he is in happy land.

  17. I think the answer to your menage conundrum would be, “That’s what sells.”

    But no one’s willing to see if something else sells. Or if they try, it’s not selling as well as the others.

    Susan Helene Gottfrieds last blog post..Susan’s Featured New Release: Jinx

  18. I think the answer to your menage conundrum would be, “That’s what sells.”

    But no one’s willing to see if something else sells. Or if they try, it’s not selling as well as the others.

    Susan Helene Gottfrieds last blog post..Susan’s Featured New Release: Jinx

  19. Winter says:

    Crys – Sent you the latest one I have. If you’re interested I belong to an eBook group that exchanges stuff and a Yahoo group filled with hot excerpts. Also, check out pinkchairdiaries.com. And if you wanna read my stuff let me know.

    Winters last blog post..Zonin’

  20. Winter says:

    Crys – Sent you the latest one I have. If you’re interested I belong to an eBook group that exchanges stuff and a Yahoo group filled with hot excerpts. Also, check out pinkchairdiaries.com. And if you wanna read my stuff let me know.

    Winters last blog post..Zonin’

  21. Crys says:

    um, what books are you reading, and how may i acquire one omg

    Cryss last blog post..Pole Smoking

  22. Crys says:

    um, what books are you reading, and how may i acquire one omg

    Cryss last blog post..Pole Smoking