In lieu of a review today I’m putting up a blog post, one of my own making. I’ve been reading in the MM genre for about 6 years and have dived into it for the last 3 years. There are a couple of things that I want out of the books I read. I want some sort of realism when it comes to sex and I want to see the characters that the author is bringing to the pages. This isn’t a tutorial on how to write a book it is merely my thoughts as a gay man that loves to read MM Romance.
Male and Female body types are not the same and I don’t know if the problems that I have been seeing in MM is also relevant in MF. My point here is strictly MM.
I’ve been reading quite a few books that have had minuscule descriptions of the characters. I finished a book yesterday that had 4 main characters, it was a paranormal/shifter tale. Out of all of these characters the only time I received a body description other than the color of their hair was a description of a secondary character. One of the main characters latched onto the hair on his chest that was peaking out of the top of his shirt, and this secondary character was the nemesis.
I finished another book yesterday and here is what I learned of these characters. One was 6’5″ and the other 6’0″ and the smaller of the 2 had a smooth chest with a dark treasure trail, the other I learned nothing.
See what I mean about the Sterilization of the Characters? More and more most of the books that I pick up have sterile characters, characters that the author doesn’t bring to life for their readers.
When I read anything in the MM Genre, I feel it is the author’s responsibility to give me everything that will allow me as the reader to submerse myself in their book. Some authors go to great detail with their writing with colors and textures of rooms and furniture but leave the texture of the male body sterile.
Men come in all shapes, sizes and textures, on all different parts of their bodies. I think that these characteristics NEED to be used in a story. How well characteristics are written into a story will sometimes make or break a story for me.
Let me know what you think, I’m really anxious to hear what other readers have to say about this topic.
The Sterilization of Characters by Scott Burkett was last modified: August 7th, 2016 by GGR-Review