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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