One fabulous thing about the m/m genre is that there is really wide diversity. There are stories for just about every reader from serious literature to raunchy porn and everything in between. There is urban fantasy, fantasy, sci-fi, spec fiction, cowboys, historicals, contemporaries, and on and on. There tends to be a trend in themes but overall whatever you’re craving – there is bound to be a story to fit that need.
So here’s the thing – like most people I watched the Olympics with a deep fascination. I’ve no clue what snowboard cross is (well I do now) or how dangerous downhill skiing was but I watched with an almost sick obsession as these elite athletes hurled themselves through freezing elements in pursuit of greatness.
Not to mention – A LOT wore skintight onesies. I mean I’m sorry but hello. Tam and a few other readers posted some pictures of hottie Olympians which was delicious eye candy. While I never turn down eye candy, I’m craving something a little more in depth.
I’d love to see some more elite athlete m/m books. By this I don’t mean the Sean Michael trend of an injured athlete on the mend with a lot of sex. Those books are fun but I’d love to read a book that really gets into the sport and speculates on how these athletes maybe manage relationships while training 24/7/365. I’d love to read some stories with a deep sense of setting and purpose, getting into the real details of how often these athletes train, what their daily regime is like, how they work through pain, and of course throw some romance and hot sex in. I’d be so sold. It doesn’t have to be a perfect reflection, I can take a fantasy too!
I mean look at speed skating or short track. What if two opponents had the hots for each other and those suits don’t hide much! I mean I can think of both serious and comic affects of athletes in those suits getting distracted by a hot body. Hell what about swimmers? I’ll just leave that thought right there.
There are a lot of athletic themed books but so few get into the elite athlete mentality and lifestyle. I’d really love to see some m/m books about Olympic caliber men that aren’t injured but in the thick of their career, perhaps at the top or maybe on the bottom, maybe they’re struggling to break into the ranks or on their way out clinging to last hope for glory. That’s what I’d like to see more of.
What about you? What themes would you love to see?