December 20th, 2009


Interesting article on male/male romance novels

Here's an interesting article on the popularity of male/male romance novels:

A quote:
"This sort of “what if?” fantasizing is in one sense what really fueled the gay-romance revolution. The bulk of today’s writers in the genre started writing “slash” fiction, where you take two preexisting characters who are normally straight and make them gay. Such combinations are indicated as M/M (two men) or F/F (two women), or M/M/F/Werewolf (two men, a woman and a werewolf).

"Women would write stories as part of what Prof. Penley calls a “gift economy.” In slash fandom, where almost everyone is a writer, you create something, hoping it will inspire someone else to write another story. It’s a sexed-up game of Exquisite Corpse. “In other words, I will write this really hot story, and maybe in turn you will write one for me. They’re doing it for their own pleasure,” she says.

"Slash found its best, most perfect medium online, but it’s been around for decades. Penley first came across it in 1986, when slash stories were being distributed as photocopied zines, like comic books. She was blown away by them, at the writers’ transgressions; by the way the women rewrote popular culture to meet their own social and sexual desires."
Blue Sunrise

Merry Yule!

In pagan tradition, Yule - the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year - is when the Goddess gives birth to the God as the reborn sun, and hope for new light is reborn.

Here's an entertaining book:

"4,000 Year of Christmas"

One reviewer said: "A quick, fascinating read into the anthropology of religion as seen through the lens of a single holiday. As Joseph Campbell would illustrate in much greater detail in his landmark work,"The Hero with a Thousand Faces," Dr. Count demonstrates the underlying unity in all the divergent historical religious sources of Christmas traditions."

Here in California we have plenty of sunlight today - best of luck to all of those who are swamped by snow today. The news reports look scary! Stay safe and warm and celebrate whatever holiday you like. They're all good. :-)