Trends are cyclical and I realize that every so often a trend finds it way into a plethora of books released around the same time. Given the time to write, edit, and release these books it’s not as if authors are copying each other.
However, what is with the trend of authors gently mocking women for reading gay smut?
There have been half a dozen references in books I’ve read over the past few weeks. Enough to stand out and make me want to say “Enough already. I get it, I’m a perv.” The first time this mention makes it way into a book there is a slight laugh and nod to the clear demographics of gay erotic romance, but repeated references in numerous books? That gag goes stale pretty quick.
Although the authors doing so have been both men and women, still.
You’d think authors would be happy since my perviness and others’ purchases their gay smut. So why all the gentle mocking? And when does it cross the line from gentle mocking to … just plain mocking?