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Put down the torches and pitchforks! I know not ALL lesbian fiction is not the same, that title is not really what I think. Lesbian fiction is a vast array of stories. I will say this: I have a very very VERY extensive library of lesbian literature, and I have noticed a trend that, to me, has gotten to be very boring, and tedious to try and rummage around when trying to find something new to read. Tell me if this sounds familiar:

Main Character (A) Is a successful (businesswoman/officer, detective, secret agent/living her dream job) who never thought that love was for her. She is (either: trying to bed every woman she sees, or is running away from a hurt past with her ex) who is so wrapped up in her business that she can’t even begin to settle for “the one” until unexpectedly, she runs into Main Character (B). Main Character (B) is (either a quirky creative type or a no-nonsense working type). When their eyes meet an unexpected attraction occurs that will bring them together even when (most likely) both will try to steer clear of each other, but oh no, they end up having to spend more time together and start to fall in love. Just when things are starting to go oh so well, enter unnecessary conflict, usually in the form of misunderstanding something, or a slight untruth is reveled, and one loses trust in the other. Now the non-hurt one must try and win the other back again with some other act of trust, will she succeed? Yes, of course she will, in the second to last chapter. Then the thing that brought them together will be resolved and the story ends with them riding off into the sunset, implying eternal happiness.

Sound familiar? It does to me. No offense to those kinds of formulaic stories, but after reading the 20th one (barely an exaggeration, if at all) that follows this formula, it gets really dull. I don’t mind when one has a quirk that makes me think it’ll be different, and, in all truth, my favorite sub-genre of the lesbian fiction genre is the coming out story, or at least the realization that the main character is a lesbian, that usually catches my interest. We see these types alot in fantasy and historical, as well as sci-fi and a LOT of them are the standard coming-out in high school story, since, to me, that is where all the conflict comes in.

In most of the novels that I’ve generalized above, they know who they are (and are quite successful usually) and the emotional stakes always seem muted to me. I know I’m over generalizing those, and despite what it seems, on the contrary, I LOVE lesbian fiction, and usually read most what I get my hands on, but this trend really has me skipping over these formulaic novels in search of the truly original.

Statistics: Posted by Umedyn — Sun Jun 25, 2017 9:32 am — Replies 0 — Views 1

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I don’t know if it’s a good idea to be making a post this shortly after joining, but I’m throwing caution to the wind; You guys seem nice, what’s the worst that can happen?

A few days ago, I finished all of the available chapters of Happy Sugar Life by Kagisora Tomiyaki. I’m a pretty slow reader, so I don’t finish things often. As a result, I haven’t actually read/watched a lot of things I’m a fan of, at least not to completion. This may have colored my perception a bit, but Happy Sugar Life is one of my personal favorites. It’s about a High School freshman named Matsuzaka Sato, who retreats to living a fantasy life with younger girl Shio-chan that she will protect by any means necessary, no matter how extreme. It’s a genuinely well-told story in addition to yuri cuteness.

A bit of forewarning before people go and check this out; This is not an easygoing story. It gets really intense and even quite frightening at times. Some truly dark themes and characters are explored. Also, while this is a yuri story front-and-center and in it’s heart, it does allude to het stuff every so often, so if that turns you off don’t read this.

I might be venturing into Spoiler territory here, so probably skip this paragraph if you wanna go in fresh, but Sato is my absolute favorite example of the yandere archetype. She does a lot of the usual over-the-top stuff that yanderes typically do, but the story does a great job at establishing her as a sympathetic character. She genuinely cares a lot for Shio, and treats her a lot more like a daughter sometimes than a lover. She isn’t a cardboard cutout window-licking-crazy character, you genuinely feel like this character has deep, deep mental issues and isn’t a bad person deep down. The interactions between Sato and Shio make me feel really warm and fuzzy, I love it.

Anyway, I’ve gone on long enough. Here’s the link to the Dynasty Reader page, give it a shot:

Ducky out!

Statistics: Posted by RubbyDucky — Tue Apr 25, 2017 4:34 am — Replies 0 — Views 1

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