Introduction- Why Boyxboy?
The blog is focusing on boyxboy, because there are issues with the "genre" that need to be addressed. We are certainly not saying that homosexuality is an unacceptable lifestyle, but like any other "genre" there are typical problems. I went out of my way to find people who enjoy reading and writing boyxboy just so that we could have a well spread diversity of opinions. Let's see what people had to say.
Honestly I refuse to read boyxboy. To me all it is is a romance story. I hate romance. However, I have seen people, who post critical comments on boyxboy, being accused of bigotry and hate, when all they are trying to do is give a fair critique to help the writer. On the subject of boyxboy getting its own genre, I believe that would be a mistake. Boyxboy is romance between two men. I would like to emphasize that word romance. We have a genre for that already. That is where it belongs. If one wishes to tag it as boyxboy then that's fine, but all it is is romance.
It makes me wet.
Personally I can't get myself to read boyxboy or any LGBT stories... I don't know I just can't wrap my head around it. I'm no homophobe I just like my typical girl and guy stories. I have nothing against LGBT in general or gay people.
It's just a shrug type of thing. Everyone's human everyone deserves the right to do whatever... It's trivial stupid things like this for example; not letting gay people have their rights degrade our world. I mean if you're human, you're right is automatic. Simple as that...
I truly believe in that. However, as a muslim I still believe wholeheartedly in girls and guys being the natural selection of life........... Both ends meet and 'connect'.. Literally (LOOOL).. Okay I'm done with that.
For boyxboy stories... I personally think it would easier to have a section of its own, LGBT in general. So, Wattpad that would definetly save time for not only yourselves, but other people who want to find more LGBT stories.
It's a win-win...
All in all I can't really critique boyxboy stories since I never read one. To be honest I don't think..... I know I'll never read one. Just not my cup of tea.
I say we cut right to the center of the earth, the existence of boyxboy on wattpad is simply a marketing ploy. It’s a way to get easy reads and fans for about ninety percent of the writers. Sadly, even some of the good writers @EricVarkey) have to slap on the boyxboy to get attention for their stories. Also, their should never-ever be a boyxboy category on wattpad. I post in horror often and want to compete against the best horror. If you write a horror story aimed at the LGBT community, I want you to post in horror not a boyxboy category. Stop being a coward and compete against other stories fairly and not in your own made-up category. I know some will say a boyxboy category will make it easier to find boyxboy stories…it’s called promoting, try it just like everybody else. A lot of my stories included members of the LGBT community, but in the end I prefer to simply categorize them as people. I’ve banned the term gay and lesbian from the majority my stories because they’re just pointless labels. So please do me a favor and removed boyxboy from your title, it’s small-minded, cheap and a tad bit homophobic. If you’re going to plaster that next to the title I’m surprised you haven’t put Lady Gaga on the cover and dashed it with glitter and rainbow stickers. And does every boyxboy story has to be a fraking romance…
So, I love slash. I'm an enormous fangirl. All of my gay friend would agree with me without hesitation at that statement. So I get extremely happy when I'm writing slash or reading slash or watching yaoi or even listening to my friend go on and on about his boyfriend. It just makes me happy! And I'm also a sucker for romance. I love happy endings, and the love and the drama or the humor and everything that can go into a romance story. It just makes me want to dance (and let it be known that I am a horrible dancer)
So yeah. I have a love for slash.
I mean the whole idea of writing stories that focus on a character (or characters or whatever) that is gay or whatever versus having a straight protagonist is so cool! Because while gay people have some different problems as straight people do, there is also a lot that is exactly the same. But it's different because they're both *guys*
But then you get into the same problems that you do with writing a straight romance story, or a femslash, or anything else...
There are so many cliches! I HATE OVERLY CLICHE-STORIES (caps attack!). But seriously, if "cliche" was a person I would beat the life out of that Son of a Yellow Submarine... with a spoon! (totally stole the submarine thing from a story on here :P)
And I'm not simply talking your stereotypical stories/plots/etc. Yes, they annoy me. I mean, how many times can you read about a person falling in love with their best friend and then their best friend is magically in love with them after all this drama and heartbreak blah blah blah... right? But I can live with cliche plot ideas (to an extent) because I have found that some people can still write a good story that is ultimately NOT cliche using that one cliche idea. (god I've said "cliche" a lot)
But what IRKS me to NO end is the stereotypes that have nothing to do with a bad plot. I'm talking about the characters!
If you're going to write a story about a gay character, then you should know a little something about the stereotypes! I mean, gay male does not equal tiny in size (i know some giant gay guys and short straight ones). It does not mean that you're sex-crazed (that's just the "male" part... wink). It does not mean that you're a hyper little bugger or that you're emo-looking or that you're ultra-flamboyant. And while yes, there are a good number of people out there that are walking-effing-stereotypes out there, not everybody is. I mean, yes, I know gay guys that tend to be hyper freaks (cough my best friend coughcoughcough) or that tend to be a bit sex-crazed (cough my other best friend cough) but neither of them are flamboyant. And if they are, they're just joking. I know straight guys that act flamboyant on occasion... for fun...
but yeah. the stereotypes of the characters are what irritates me. That and half-the time whenever somebody comes out of the closet, and the other party takes it bad it's like "I'm gay." "Get out!" *scream cry over*
like, wtf? it doesn't happen like that. I've seen it. I've LIVED it. it doesn't happen like that. *pulls hair out*
but I guess there will be things that make me want to jump through the computer and grab the author and shake then while screaming 'WTF IS WRONG WITH YOU!?!?" but that's going to happen with any kind of story. Be the character gay or straight or bi. (And "Born this Way" starts playing in my head.... :P)