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!