M/M Romance is gaining in readership every day. It’s part of the reason why the M/M Romance Group on Goodreads is one of the largest groups, at more than eighteen thousand members! If you haven’t been reading M/M romance, here are
ten eleven good reasons to give it a try.
- You are bored. Maybe you’ve already been reading M/F romance for years, but now you are ready to branch out. Go for it! LGBTQ romance in all its variations has a lot to offer.
- You like men. And what’s better than one man? Two men.
- You like men. And you are a gay man. You may not have been interested in reading those bodice-ripper romances you always see women reading on the subway or at the beach, but a gay romance? That could work.
- You started out reading M/F/M menage stories, and then you read a M/M/F one, where the men have sex with each other, along with having sex with a woman. It got you curious about M/M interaction. Now you are ready to branch out to stories about gay men.
- You are growing weary of the sexism (whether obvious or subtle) that is present in many interactions between men and women, and sometimes (often?) in M/F romance fiction. You might not be able to ignore sexism in real life, but sometimes you need a little break from it. M/M romance evens the playing field a bit and can give you a break from sexism, at least for a few hours.
- You are excited about marriage equality being the new law of the nation (only recently in the USA, but also in some other countries around the world, too. Yay!). You can’t wait to read the slew of M/M and F/F wedding stories that are sure to spring up soon in LGBTQ romance. Everyone loves a wedding!
- One of your friends (or a relative, or your college roommate, or that guy you went to high school with…) recently came out. Now you are getting a little more curious about same-sex relationships. Since hitting a gay bar and conducting interviews might be a little awkward, a gay romance novel might be a good starting point.
- You are interested in expanding your understanding of gender identity & expression. Within M/M romance there is much variance in gender expression, more than you would typically find in the the relationships depicted in M/F romances. It is both fascinating and beautiful to view all the diversity in gender in the world, and it helps us all to understand how gender is not the binary system many of us were led to believe it was.
- You heard the QUILTBAG acronym and became curious. Now you are wondering more about some of the identities depicted.
- You discovered Queer As Folk on Netflix, and if it wasn’t for takeout, you might have starved while watching all five seasons – back-to-back – in less than a month. Now that your fix is (sadly) over, you need another fix.
- M/M lovin’ turns you on. Nothin’ wrong with that!