Lately, I've noticed several trends in the erotic romance world that leave me scratching my head, or in the case of the trend I'm going to discuss today, extremely annoyed.
Others may disagree with my opinions. If so, I'd love to hear what you like about the trend, so I can get some insight into why it seems to be so popular.
Baffling Trend #1: The m/m/f menage made up of a committed gay couple + some chick
Here's the setup--Boy meets boy. Boys are together in gay domestic bliss. One (or both) of the boys suddenly decide what they need to make them complete is a woman...
W...T...F????? This does not compute.
Now don't get me wrong, I like menage stories. I like them when the boys touch, and when they don't. I like them when they involve two women and a man. It's all good.
BUT, it makes absolutely no sense to me when the author sets a couple of guys up as gay and then has them suddenly decide they need a woman. Why would a committed gay couple do that? I don't suddenly feel that my hubby and I need to add a woman to our relationship to make it complete, because that's not the way I swing.
I understand that menage is hot right now, and readers seem to like m/m/f better than other kinds, but couldn't the two guys be friends, or bisexual even, rather than being gay? Yeah, the stories are fiction, but come on. I can't suspend disbelief quite that much.
Am I the only one that thinks this is weird? I'd love to hear everyone's opinions on the issue.