Yesterday, during the whole AmazonFail debacle, I was checking for about the fortieth time to see if any of my books had gotten their rankings back and was reading over some of my book reviews. It got me thinking about something I haven’t thought about in a while, so I decided to put it out there and see what y’all thought.
I don’t know how many of you have noticed this, but a whoooooole lot of reviewers and other readers over the years have seen Stevie from my book Easy as being effeminate. This has always surprised me. In fact, the first time I saw someone call Stevie that I was shocked. I mean, in my head Stevie has never, ever looked, sounded or acted in any way feminine. He’s always seemed as male as any other guy to me. So I wondered — I still wonder — where the perception of him being effeminate comes from.
What do y’all think? Do you think society has set up an expectation that small, “pretty” blond men would act in effeminate ways, and therefore that’s how people tend to see/hear those characters in their heads? Or is it something in particular about Stevie that I’m not seeing because I’m too close to him? (those of you who have read Easy can help me out with that!) Or is it something else entirely, some Factor X that I don’t know about and can’t even imagine?
Any and all opinions will be received with much interest, and with many thanks in advance. “o_O” factor aside, it’s actually kind of cool in a way that a character can be different for each reader. That is how I’m choosing to look at it *g*
Written by Ally Blue
Ally is a rich and famous author of hot gay manlove. She travels the world in her private jet, being waited on hand and foot by her team of pretty young men who bring her umbrella drinks and make out for her pleasure . . . Okay, so that's her dream life. Her novels of Manlove & Angst are mostly written in her living room, in between working at the Evil Day Job and doing Mom Stuff. Oh, the glamorous life of an author!
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